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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - May 2, 2020

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Patterned Snakes

Today you will be drawing a snake and then colouring it in with many different colours, lines and patterns!

Mark Making- is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in a piece of art. It applies to any art material on any surface, not only paint on canvas or pencil on paper.

Patterns - in art are a repetition of specific visual elements. *Patterns in art can be used to create visual effects on the observer. Patterns are important because they offer visual clues. If you can unlock a pattern, then you have the ability to alter or shape it in order to achieve some effect.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: Piece of white paper 9x12”, pencil, eraser, ruler, multiple coloured markers including black

Step 1: Starting in the middle of your page, use your pencil to begin drawing a slightly wavy snakes tail.

Step 2: Continue drawing your snake in a spiral shape having the body get slightly thicker as you get closer to the outside of the paper. When you are almost at the edge of the paper, draw a head on your snake with a tongue sticking out of its mouth and give it some diamond shaped eyes.

Step 3: Separate the body into sections. Using a ruler, create background shapes such as squares to differentiate your snake from the background.

Step 4: Using the markers, begin making each section of the snake a different pattern! See if you can create a new pattern or mark for every section. After the snake has been filled in, colour in the background.

Step 5: Using a finer tipped black marker, out line the snake and it’s sections. Then step back a admire your MAGnificent work of art!

patterned snakes magsat infographic

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