Art-Making Activity: Shape Collage


As you walk through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, take a look at the variety of colors, shapes, and lines depicted throughout the works in this amazing collection of sculptures. These elements of art especially stand out in some sculptures in the garden. In this activity, we will identify distinctive shapes in sculptures and create a shape collage using found household items and pictures.

This activity is recommended for three or more people.



  • White poster board or foam board
  • Glue and Glue Sticks
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Magazines
  • Assorted items for tracing and creating round and angular shapes
  • Suggested: toothpicks, pipe cleaners, straws, bottle caps, paper towel rolls, etc.



  1. Sort and spread out supplies. 

2. Divide into groups of three and select a focus shape for each group

3. Look for the selected shape in pictures from magazines and cut them out. 


4. Design and build shapes using pipe cleaners, straws, etc. 


5. Glue and tape your found and built shapes onto the board.


6. Draw and color shapes directly onto the board. Try to fill in as much space as possible with shapes.



Make a shape collage for each geometric shape, then try one for organic shapes!