Learn Shapes with Arcimboldo

Project Title: Arcimboldo Oil Pastel Project

Description: Students create a face using only shapes with oil pastels or crayons.

Author: Francesca

Grade level or Target Age Range: preschool to middle school

Historical Art Examples or References: Arcimboldo’s work

Materials: oil pastel (or crayons), paper

Anticipatory Set: Discussion on shapes and Arcimboldo.


  1. Draw a face made out of shapes
  2. Decorate and fill in the shapes


Discussion: Life applications; how the lesson might apply to non-art related experiences or other types of knowledge.

  1. Who was Arcimboldo?
  2. What are the shapes?

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