Puzzle Pieces


  • Puzzle Piece handout
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colored Pencils

Puzzle Pieces

In this lesson, you will be creating a personalized puzzle piece.  Choose one adjective about yourself (crazy, funny, quiet, outgoing) and write or draw it inside your puzzle piece.  Then use line, shape, and color to emulate that word.


  • Abstract: art that does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures
  • Mood: predominant feeling
  • Non-representational: non-representational art is art which is not based on external appearances

There should be no recognizable objects in your puzzle piece. Use only line, shape and color to convey the mood of your word. We discussed how different line directions (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal) have different connotations in the art world.  Horizontal lines are symbolic of a personal lying down, and are generally considered to be the most sedate or lifeless.  Vertical lines are symbolic of a person standing, so they are awake and alive but static.  Diagonal lines can be compared to a person falling and have a lot of potential energy.  Consider how you might use these different types of lines to convey your ideas.

Once you have finished filling in your entire puzzle piece you may cut it out on the black line with scissors.


  • Your puzzle piece must be non-representational
  • Your puzzle piece should have a word written/drawn on it
  • The lines, shapes and colors you choose should emulate the word you have chosen
  • Fill in the entire puzzle piece

You can download the entire complete rubric here:puzzlepiecerubric

You can download the puzzle piece here:black-white-puzzle-piece-md


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