Art: A study in line, color and geometric shape

 

Description:

While looking at the work of such famous geometric artists as Paul Klee and Frank Lloyd Wright, your family can follow this simple multi-step process to create a beautiful geometric artwork. You can see some of Paul Klee’s work Here. Check out these geometric abstracts by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright Here     

Goal:

To inspire budding artists, designers and mathematicians

Materials: 

  • Heavyweight paper (watercolor paper or cardstock)
  • Masking tape/Painters tape
  • Paint (any color…I used black) No paint? Use whatever you have to color!
  • Empty jars, cans, lids in any shape or size
  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Watercolors

Steps: 

  • Using masking tape, press lengths of tape from edge to edge on your paper, creating interesting angular shapes (There is no right or wrong in this. Even 2 or 3 pieces of tape is great for youngers)
  • Apply masking tape to all 4 edges of paper. (gives your piece a professional finished look)
  • If you are using paint, dip your lids into the paint and press them onto the surface to create circles of different sizes. If you are tracing, just trace the lids.
  • After the paint is thoroughly dry, using crayons or oil pastels, heavily color each area different colors.
  • Using watercolors, brush over the picture with whatever color your child wants. (I used black) Let dry.
  • Gently peel off tape and Voilà!  A beautiful, ready to frame, family art project that you will treasure forever.

Comments: 

A great project to stop and start and continue over several days. Successful for all ages with an adult “helper”. Most children enjoy coloring and may spend an extra amount of time on this step (independent work time)

Tips:

Drying time is important to keep from smudging.

I also found my neighbors kids working on this amazing chalk variation