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Fashion Shapes—Geometry Sculptures

Marzo 2, 2020
Fashion Shapes—Geometry Sculptures Art Integration Lesson

Students physically explore concepts of geometry by creating their own wearable sculptures using 3D geometric forms.

The forms are created from straws, hot glue, paper, paperclips, and other found materials. Students will practice making 3D shapes by cutting out 2D nets and folding them into a variety of box forms. Students will also use the scale factor to create shapes for their finished work.


  • Students will create a wearable sculpture using 3D geometric forms
  • Students will create a 3D model using a template net
  • Students will calculate the scale factor and surface area of their 3D models
  • Students will document the finished sculpture with a photo shoot

Basic Lesson Outline:

  • Introduce the project with PowerPoint slide show
  • Introduce the materials and let students experiment with them
  • Students create 3D boxes from 2D nets
  • Students create their wearable sculpture
  • Students are photographed wearing their art
  • Students present their work to the class

Art Supplies:

  • Hot glue guns
  • Hot glue gun glue sticks
  • Clear packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Drinking straws (plastic or paper)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pre-printed 2D net templates
  • Rulers
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencils
  • Colored copy paper
  • Paper clips
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Water containers
  • Wash buckets or sink
  • Smocks
  • Newsprint/tablecloth (to dry on)

Fashion Shapes—Geometry Sculptures Art Integration Lesson

Other Resources:

  • Photographer (or camera) for photoshoot day
  • Permission slips for photos
  • Slide show to introduce project and related artwork (see outline at the end of the lesson plan)

Fashion Shapes—Geometry Sculptures Art Integration Lesson

Idaho State Learning Standards:

Arts and Humanities: Anchor Standard 4: Convey meaning through the presentation/performance/production of an original work or unique interpretation of a work.

  • Objective PR1.1 Combine knowledge and understanding from two or more disciplines to present/perform their original or interpreted works for an audience
  • Objective PR1.2 Convey meaning through their presentation/performance

Geometry 6.G: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

  • Represent 3D figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.

Academic Language:

  • Subject area language: 2D net, scale factor
  • Art language: sculpture, symmetry, color, shape

Student Use of Vocabulary:

Students will use the words when creating their projects and during their peer presentations.

Student Grouping:

Students can work individually or collectively.

Funding for this lesson plan was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MA-10-19-0563-19].
Additional funding provided by Wendy and Alan Pesky.

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