Circle Line Art - exploring shape through art

We've been exploring 2D shapes in class these past few weeks and I love being able to do cross-curricula activities. How else do we fit everything in the curriculum into a school day? For this reason you'll often see us painting during English or making boomerangs in Science or trying to make the tallest box tower in Maths. Last week brought together a few different concepts we'd been looking at into one art project - our circle line art


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In English and Maths we have been focusing on line and their different shapes. Last year I'd made these line rocks to help children identify different lines - straight lines, curved lines or maybe lines that are both curved and straight. I've used them now to intentionally teach correct letter and number formation in handwriting lessons. We've used them to make shapes - regular and irregular. And most importantly, we've played with them and let the children show us how they should be used in their minds.

We've also been looking at flat shapes like circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, pentagons, hexagons and so on. Hunting for the different shapes in our classroom, we found very few circles so rather than print out one from the computer to hang up I thought it would be a great opportunity for us to make some to display in our class and combine it our growing understanding of lines.


To start, depending on the age of your children, you will need to pre-draw some circles on a large piece of heavyweight paper (we used cartridge paper so as to withstand any heavy-handed drawing). I used a cheap compass I'd bought from Big W. I opened it to its fullest and drew a outline of circle then drew several more circles within the first gradually making them smaller and smaller.

The children were then asked to fill each circle with different lines - straight, curved or a bit of both. 

Circle Line Art - exploring different lines and 2D shape in one easy art project. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com for more

Even those children whose fine motor strength and control is still developing, successfully filled their own circles as you can see from the right side of this circle.

Circle Line Art - exploring different lines and 2D shape in one easy art project. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com for more

To make the work appear more collaborative, I cut their circles into halves and quarters and then mixed them together to remake the circles to display in class. I think they did an awesome job!

Circle Line Art - exploring different lines and 2D shape in one easy art project. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com for more

Circle Line Art - exploring different lines and 2D shape in one easy art project. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com for more

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You might also like our Pinterest Board - Measurement and Geometry to find more ideas or take a look at this post about teaching 2D and 3D shapes.

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10 comments

  1. This is a great idea, and they turned out so cool looking!

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    1. I thought so too Sara - thanks for visiting :)

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  2. oh I love this! kids are so infinitely creative :)

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    1. Aren't they just Kate! And I love that even the youngest child was able experience success with this project :)

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  3. this is such a beautiful simple art idea for exploring lines, thank you for sharing! I love collecting different ideas for art with young children. This will go on our list!

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    1. I love finding new ideas too - probably why I still love Pinterest :) Thanks for your comment Anastasia!

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  4. I love this idea! My daughter's art class would enjoy this project too!

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    1. Thanks Louise :) Such an easy project to prep but the results are beautiful!

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  5. Lovely exploration of lines and patterns Nichole. Do you think you will invite the children to add some colour to their work?

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    1. Thanks Kate :) I have done similar with paint before which were very colourful but given our focus was on the different sorts of lines this time we've left them just black and white. We're also going to be focusing more on colour next term during art.

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