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Delaunay Art Project

Try an easy Delaunay art project with this abstract lesson. It’s fun to experiment with the idea of slicing and dicing lots of circles.

Delaunay art project
A finished Delaunay Art drawing

Robert Delaunay, was a French artist who, with his wife Sonia Delaunay and others, co-founded the Orphism art movement. It was famous for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. Delaunay’s career provided a bridge to future developments of more abstraction in art.

In addition to painting, Delaunay also wrote a lot about his work. He was said to believe that the idea of color was a thing in itself, with its own powers of expression and form. He thought contrast and harmony in colors produced their own movement in the eye of the viewer. He spent his career experimenting with that idea, which ended up influencing many artists that followed him.

This project borrows Delaunay’s style of creating many concentric circles, and splitting just a few in half. A circle template certainly comes in handy for such a job, especially when it comes to centering circles within each other.

Preview of the Delaunay PDF Tutorial

Delaunay art project

Delaunay Coloring Page

MATERIALS

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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
Delaunay art project
A Delaunay Circle art journal drawing, with watercolor pencils

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to draw Delaunay Circles

  1. Draw a large circle and center dot.

  2. Add smaller circle and center dot.

  3. Use a straight edge to connect the dots.

  4. Add concentric circles. The goal is to have a variety of thick and thin rings.

  5. Draw another set of larger circles.

  6. Add a smaller set of circles.

  7. Fill in the remaining space with circles.

  8. Finish smaller spaces with circles.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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