My students love learning about more current artist. James Rizzi was a great hit for a current lesson with first graders. I began the lesson by concentrating on shapes and creating space through overlap. Students then built their cities in the style of the examples I had shared of Rizzi's work. I encouraged them to take their time and draw all those many windows necessary to create the buildings and also not to hesitate to have fun by creating some wacky faces on a few of the buildings. Color pencils were used to add color with my again stressing Rizzi's use of color and that the buildings should not look like "normal" buildings but instead we would be working for wacky and fun. I was pleased with all the variety and individuality students brought to their Rizzi Cities.