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Year 1
Inspired By Shapes: One

Learn all about the two influential artists Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. Discover how they used shapes and colours to create renowned masterpieces that changed the way art was viewed. Help to inspire your children to explore these artists along with shapes and colours in four engaging activities created for key stage one children.

Hands-On Education understand all children are individual and learn in different ways. We firmly believe learning should be engaging and fun. We have enjoyed putting these hands-on activities together and finding a range of ideas for our children to access learning.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 4 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 4 activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.
  • 3 videos looking at the artists Kandinsky and Mondrian along with one investigating the useage of colours and shapes.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Art, Maths and Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Maths = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
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Activity One - Exploring Shapes

Activity 1
Exploring Shapes

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, line, shape and space
  • Ma1/3.2a recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    i. 2-D shapes ii. 3-D shapes
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
Activity Two - Concentric Circles

Activity 2
Concentric Circles

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, line, shape and space
  • Ar1/1.4 about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • Ma1/3.2a recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    i. 2-D shapes ii. 3-D shapes
Activity Three - Squares And Rectangles

Activity 3
Squares And Rectangles

  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Ar1/1.4 about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • Ma1/3.2a recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    i. 2-D shapes ii. 3-D shapes
Activity Four - Kandinsky Shapes

Activity 4
Kandinsky Shapes

  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Ar1/1.4 about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • Ma1/3.2a recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    i. 2-D shapes ii. 3-D shapes

Symbols Key

    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Art = Maths = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s) = Play Video = Download Video
Activity One - Exploring Shapes

Activity 1
Exploring Shapes

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, line, shape and space
  • Ma1/3.2a recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    i. 2-D shapes ii. 3-D shapes
  • Sc1/1.4 identifying and classifying
Downloads:
Activity Two - Concentric Circles

Activity 2
Concentric Circles

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, line, shape and space
  • Ar1/1.4 about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • Ma1/3.2a recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    i. 2-D shapes ii. 3-D shapes
Downloads:
Activity Three - Squares And Rectangles

Activity 3
Squares And Rectangles

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ar1/1.2 to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • Ar1/1.4 about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • Ma1/3.2a recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    i. 2-D shapes ii. 3-D shapes
Downloads:
Activity Four - Kandinsky Shapes

Activity 4
Kandinsky Shapes

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Ar1/1.3 to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • Ar1/1.4 about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • Ma1/3.2a recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including:
    i. 2-D shapes ii. 3-D shapes
Downloads:

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