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Coloured Circles with Coloured Pencil

Coloured Circles with Coloured Pencil

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Art For Families - April 20, 2021

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

Coloured Circles with Coloured Pencil

On Tuesdays at 11am we go "live" on our YouTube and Facebook pages with art for #families.

Today we will be working with repetition and color. This art project will be on gray paper and we will be working on creating a balanced abstracted image with circles! 

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

Symmetrical balance in art is when each half of the artwork is identical or very similar. Symmetrical balance can also be thought of as 50/50 balance or like a mirror image.

The term composition means ‘putting’ together. Different compositional elements carry ‘weight,’ for example brightness, colour, placement of the main subject.

Watch our YouTube for step-by-step demonstration!

You can download the instructions in a pdf format here.

What You Need: Sheet of coloured drawing paper cut into square, pencil, ruler, various pencil crayons including white, 2 different sized cups, eraser, pencil sharpener

Step 1. Begin by using your ruler to divide the page into 4 equal squares. Then place ticks at the 2-3” mark and 4-5” mark on each line going up from the center.

*This is to help you keep your circles equal distances apart.

Step 2. Take the smaller of the cups, place it in the middle of the page and use a pencil crayon to draw around the cup like a template. Now take the larger cup, place it in the center of the page and repeat the process except with a different colour.

Step 3. Continue using the cups to create circles all over the page. Ideally, you will place equal amounts of circles in each quadrants in equal distances. *The lines and ticks you created will help you to keep all the circles symmetric.

Step 4. Once you are happy with your composition, erase the pencil lines and begin adding dots, bigger circles, shading etc. You want to create designs in each circle while keeping everything symmetric.

Step 5. Enjoy the process and continue colouring until you feel your drawing is complete!

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