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Joan Miró Art Project

By on May 26, 2009 in 1st Grade Art Lessons, 45-minute art lessons, Famous Artists | 12 comments

I’m always searching for one session lessons. You know the type: art projects that don’t take two or three classes to complete. This Joan Miró inspired lesson is one such lesson. I teach this lesson to first grade, but second or third grade would enjoy it as well.
First grade students have a good laugh as I explain shapes and lines, and drawing lines on shapes and lines over lines that sit on shapes…. you get the idea!

As you can see from my whiteboard, I display photocopies/print-outs/calendars of the artist’s work, a sample of the finished lesson and then I demonstrate by drawing lots of examples. I always break the lesson down into bits and pieces.

With the Miró lesson, I spoke about Miró’s art in terms of shapes and lines. Explain the difference, especially for first graders. I like to draw a curvy line and ask them what it is. They say a line and they’re right. Then, I connect the curvy line so that it becomes a shape. This way the kids see how a line and a shape differ.

Big oval head or small triangle head or wiggly, squishy round head. I draw all three and the kids can decide if they would like to copy or try their own version. I do the same for the body, giving lots of options.
I set out Crayola broad tip markers and black medium tip markers and let the kids color. Because there are only a few large shapes to color, this lesson takes just one 40-minute session


  1. I love your blog, Patty! I have used a few of your lessons with my students – thanks! I have started my own elementary art projects blog, I would love to have you check it out, remember, I’m a newbie…:)
    Love the projects!


    May 26, 2009

  2. Fantastic! I am definitely going to use this. I have been looking for a couple one day projects for the end of the year! Thanks for sharing!


    May 27, 2009

  3. I am so impressed with all you do with your children.

    I would love to see how you organize your art supplies, and what things you use for your children when doing the project (paint containers, etc.). Is a post like that possible? Have you already done it and I can’t find it?



    May 29, 2009

  4. Oh fun! I may have to try that these last few days of school. jan

    Snippety Gibbet

    May 29, 2009

  5. Thanks for the nice comments everyone!
    Amanda: I’ll try to incorporate more visuals of set-up logistics into my posts. I think you’re right and it is helpful to see how other teacher set things up.

    Patty P

    May 29, 2009

  6. Hi–this is a nice shape/line lesson. Check out the book "When a line bends, a shape begins". It's a very first grade friendly book and would be a nice intro for this project. Every year I have my first graders make an elements of art book so our first seven projects are connected to an element of art. For example, we'll make a line page for our book, then a project that focuses on line. Then we'll make a shape page for the book and do a project that focuses on shape. This year I'm thinking that we could do a line page then a shape page and connect the ideas with your miro project.


    August 14, 2009

  7. I am a 3rd year pre-service teacher, I really believe in getting away from simple crafts, and teaching students about different artists and art forms. Your ideas are awesome! And I am going to be trying one of them with my class. Thank you so much for posting this to share with others!

    Aimee Cronan

    November 11, 2009

  8. Love this project!

    ViSart-DaLi Claying Mama

    August 24, 2010

  9. Seeing the white board was very helpful.


    Sharon Craiger

    May 17, 2011

  10. love this project! thank you for the idea!

    Joel's Mommy

    August 2, 2011

  11. We’ve been studying the masters since the beginning of the year. My 2nd grade students have really embraced these artists. We’ve studied Paul Klee, Seraut, and Van Gogh. Joan Miro fits right in with what we are doing. Love this project! Their imaginations ran wild!!


    January 4, 2012

  12. You inspire me Patty! Thanks for all the great ideas!

    October 5, 2013


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