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
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Protractor
  • 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.


  • 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.