Thursday, 19 August 2010


Who knew you could make such beautiful art using a protractor of all things?

Inspired by this post on the fabulous Art Projects for Kids website, the boys and I had a go at making these geometric pictures in the style of artist Frank Stella. They turned out fantastically well and were fun, and even meditative to do. As you can see, even though we all three followed the same restrictions (six traces round the protractor - three vertical, three horizontal and limited ourselves to six colours each) the three pieces are very different:

Here's Waif working on his:

waifs protractor design in progress

And Gman steps back to contemplate his work in progress:

gman protractor design in progress

And here's the three finished pictures:

finished protractor designs


  1. Great pictures!
    I found your comment on Art Projects for Kids - I'm a homeschooler as well and am planning to do this project later in the year with my four girls. Did you use coated paper as she recommends?

  2. Hi Queen Bee - thanks for dropping by! We just used ordinary drawing paper and colouring pencils (rather than markers) except for the outlines, which we used sharpies for. Hope your girls enjoy doing this as much as my boys did!