You will create a geometric design and explore color mixing by applying both tints and shades of color, while creating a pattern to balance your radial design.
Watch this painting demonstration by Kristin Farr, who calls her geometric designs Magic Hecksagons.
- 12" square sheet of card stock
- 18" ruler
- Paint (Acrylic, Tempera or Gouache)
- Straight-edge paint brush
- Make a mark every six inches around all four sides of your paper, dividing the page into four squares.
- Using a protractor, line up the center point and 90 degree mark on the center line and mark off every 30 degrees.
- Extend all the lines to the edge of the page using a ruler.
- On each line, using a ruler, make a tick mark every inch from the center outward.
- Once all the marks are in place, using a technique similar to Kristin Farr in the video, start from the center and connect every other two-inch mark with the one-inch mark on the line next to it, all the way around, until you form a star.
- Continue this method, working outward from the center, until you have multiple layers of stars.
- Erase your tick marks to clean up your drawing.
- Mix tones from three different colors, or combine colors for more range.
- Fill in your painting following a pattern of two or three colors for each star formation. Paint each section considering value and contrast between light and dark.
SHARE & REFLECT
- How did you balance tints and shades in your painting? Would you describe your colors as warm or cool, or both?
- Describe a classmate's Magic Hecksagon. What stands out about their painting and use of color?
- Share a photo of your Magic Hecksagon online and tag #ArtSchoolElements.