Toolkit

TOOLKIT: MINI-BOOK

THEME: SHAPES
SUBJECT: EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTIST: YAYOI KUSAMA / JAMES TURRELL
GRADE: recommended PreK-3rd grade

OBJECTIVES
Students learn the names of different shapes and how to recognize them.
Students begin to recognize shapes in different installations and also in the world.
 
KEY QUESTIONS
1. What shapes do you see around you?
2. How does this shape make you feel? Do you like or dislike this shape? Why?
3. How do you draw these shapes?
4. What would happen to the shape if you turned it upside down? Made it longer? Made it shorter?
 
BOOK REFERENCES
1. When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene
2. The Shapes Game by Paul Rogers
3. Color Farm by Lois Ehlert
4. This Is the Sun, or Is It? by Kathryn Knight
5. This Is the Moon, or Is It? by Kathryn Knight
 
VISUAL REFERENCES
1. Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, (1996) by Yayoi Kusama
2. Repetitive Vision, (1996) by Yayoi Kusama
3. Catso, Red, (1994) by James Turrell
4. Danaë, (1983) by James Turrell
 
ACTIVITY
Create your own mini-book. Fold a piece of paper in half (like a hamburger, not a hot dog). Add more folded pieces of paper depending on how many pages you would like your book to have. Staple your book along the fold, so the pages stay together. Choose a shape that you would like to feature in your book.  Draw this shape onto different colored pieces of paper. Your shapes should fit onto the pages of your book. If you are having trouble drawing the shape, use a template (a shape cut out of a firm material like cardboard or cardstock) and trace the outside of the shape. Cut out your shapes from the different colored pieces of paper. Glue the shapes into your mini-book, one shape for each page. Draw different ways that the shape can be represented (i.e a triangle becomes a teepee, a tree, an ice cream cone and a clown’s hat). Ask students to narrate their shape story to explain their drawings and talk about the shape they chose. 

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PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
VISUAL ARTS
(9.1.3.A)
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
 
(9.1.3.B)
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
 
(9.1.3.C)
-recognize and use fundamental vocabulary within each of the arts forms
 
(9.1.3.D)
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
 
(9.1.3.E)
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts
 

 
October 19, 1996 - June 29, 1997
October 29, 1983
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