Drawing Basic Shapes with American Landmarks- C3W1 Lesson Plan


A lesson plan for learning to find basic shapes in photographs of American Landmarks and using wet-erase transfer tracing


This lesson plan uses tracing to work on the skill of finding a subject’s basic shapes in photographs of American Landmarks. Since we’re studying American history and American geography in cycle 3 of Classical Conversations, this project works great for the cycle 3 week 1 fine arts lesson on basic shapes.

This 9 page lesson plan includes the following:

  • An explanation of basic shapes and how we use them as artists
  • References to additional resources
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • Examples of Simple Recognizable Sketches (4 birds)
  • Examples of Sketches with Colored Basic Shapes (4 birds)
  • Detailed Art Project instructions
  • Materials List
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Photographs of 3 American Landmarks to trace: The US Capitol Building, The US Supreme Court Building, and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Simplified line drawings of the US Capitol building for an easier tracing project

This lesson is also available at a discount in the “All American Drawing Package” which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 3 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

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For more info and some extra photos, check out the blog post “Drawing Basic Shapes with American Landmarks.”

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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