This is a project that will definitely motivate your child to take pen to paper. The result is incredible! With this project, you can teach that shading and careful use of line can give a 2D drawing the "illusion" of being 3D.
- White paper
- Black "F" Sharpies
- Colored pencils
1. Draw a curvy line across your paper.
2. Make about 8 dots, unevenly spaced, on your line.
3. Next, connect the dots with curved lines. (The lines from the dots at each end should go off the paper, rather than curve back down to the line.)
4. Then, from each of these curved lines, build up a "column" of more curved lines (or "rings"), stacked on top of each other. Build one complete column at a time across the top half of your paper. If your columns start to slant or get smaller or larger, all the better! We found it easiest to develop every other one, and then connect the spaces in between. (When you fill in these "in-between" columns, make sure that each successive "ring" that you add connects at its ends to the ring below it.)
5. When the top half of your paper is finished, spin your paper around and repeat steps 3 and 4 until your entire paper is filled and all your columns are connected.
6. Finally, choose a color scheme (I chose "color families", above) and color each of your columns, pressing harder on each side and lighter in the middle, to give it more of a 3D look!
This is one of those lessons where a picture is worth a thousand words, so if these directions seem confusing, just follow the pictures below!