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Geometric to Organic Shapes

Start with a geometry art lesson, and then add some water to create organic shapes.

geometry art lesson

The fun part is the tracing of all the little knubby shapes the water helps to create.

MATERIALS

  • Multimedia paper
  • Cardboard templates of triangles, circles and squares
  • Waterbase markers
  • Cup of water and brush or eye dropper
  • Thin permanent marker

DIRECTIONS

  1. Students used cardboard templates to trace many triangles, circles and squares on their paper. Shapes could overlap, but some space should be left white for future dribbles.
  2. All the shapes are to be colored in with a NON-permanent, waterbase marker. This is the time to use those cheap, fat store markers as you actually will be wanting the colors to run in the next step.
  3. Pass out small cups of water and show the students how to drop several puddles on their artwork with a brush or dropper. If they pick up the paper and roll the water around a bit, it should start to make lots of colored streaks and blobs. Repeat this until almost all of the artwork is filled with wiggly colored lines. Let dry overnight.
  4. Now comes the fun part, taking a thin black Sharpie and tracing all the organic shapes that were made from the running water. The students need to work slowly to trace all the wonderful edges they see, both inside and outside the colored shapes. The more time they put into the tracing, and the more detail they see, the better their artwork will look.

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