Third Graders at Birch Meadow and Wood End have been discussing the art element of shape. We spoke about shapes being 2-D and that there were two types of shapes, Organic and Geometric. Geometric shapes are regular shapes like circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, etc. Organic shapes typically are irregular in outline. Natural shapes like seashells, leaves, trees, people, etc. can also be classified as organic. After our shape review, we discussed primary colors. Primary colors are Red, Yellow, and Blue. They are called primary colors because they cannot be created by mixing other colors. Primary colors form the basis for color theory or color mixing, as using these three colors it's possible to mix most other colors. We painted organic and geometric shapes using primary colors. Students filled their pages with shapes. After our paintings were dry, we added black and white over painting. We used black and white paint to trace around our shapes. we also looked at the way our brush strokes moved on the page. We traced some of our brush strokes with black or white paint. We also added some line designs to our paintings. When we finished, we had beautiful abstract shape paintings. I'm planning on making this my next display of art work in school. They look great!