Concentric circles (two or more circles with a common center) are one example of an arrangement of shapes that is readily found in art, nature, and everyday objects. It can be fun to go looking for one particular shape (or arrangement of shapes) with young children, especially over time when they can report back to you about where they saw it. (As adults, this kind of visual treasure hunt has a way of opening our eyes to things we might otherwise filter out.) It’s very exciting to see that one shape you’ve been talking about with the children show up in their artwork.

One familiar shape can also provide a place to start when we are faced with a blank page. Draw any shape, and then draw another.

Clockwise from left: Jasper Johns, tree rings, Target bag, Louise Bourgeois, spider web, Louise Bourgeois, silicone pad, Alma Thomas