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Art Activity | Geometric Cardboard Sculptures!

Tue Jul 21, 2020

Week 6 of 10/10—Reflections on a Decade of Exhibitions brings us back to the year 2015. This week we look to the work of Alyson Shotz for art-making inspiration. Shotz is a sculptor based in Brooklyn whose work investigates concepts of space, light, perception and gravity. Her sculptures are made from a variety of materials such as mirror, glass beads, plastic lenses, thread, and steel wire. Before becoming an artist, she briefly studied geology and was deeply fascinated with the role of water on Earth, no doubt an early influence on her work today. Shotz continues to combine multiple disciplines, incorporating fields such as mathematic principles, scientific methods, and literature in her work.

For this week’s art activity, we wanted to highlight the geometry at play in Alyson Shotz’s work and chose a geometric cardboard sculpture that is easy enough for children to do on their own and can also be made into a more advanced activity for adults. This activity was adapted from this blog. All you need is some cardboard, scissors or an X-acto knife, and paint or markers. You can use this template for shapes, or just draw your own.


  1. Print the template out and use to trace shapes onto the cardboard, or just draw your own.
  2. Cut the shapes with either strong scissors or an X-acto knife, depending on the thickness of the cardboard. Remember to use the X-acto knife with caution, especially with children.
  3. Paint or color the shapes with markers. You can choose solid colors or be creative with designs. Allow them to dry.
  4. Cut slits along the edges of the shapes. Make sure each slit is thin enough so the shapes can slide in and out of each other and also stay put. You can make as many as you’d like for each shape.
  5. Now start building and stacking! You can make your sculpture as wide or tall as you choose, the options are endless. If doing this activity with children, make it educational by asking them questions. What shapes do they see? How many sides are on each shape? What colors do they see? You can also use this activity to teach them about obtuse, right, and acute angles.

If you’re looking for more activities that explore geometry and art, you can try making slinky sculpture process art or paper slinky keychains. Both are likely to keep children occupied for a while and are entertaining, educational, and low cost.

If you did this project or something similar, please share with us! Let us know by email at Happy creating!


By Sarah Berry, Halsey Institute education coordinator

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