This week I was subbing for a grade 7 art class and was looking for a project that was both simple to do, and which the students could get started on right away. I happened to come across this gem at artisan des arts.
I used standard 8.5x11 photocopy paper, but you really could use any paper. I instructed the students to cover the entire page with doodles-a combination of patterns, drawings, and even words, stressing that they need to have a variety. I had the students use black sharpie to create a nice bold graphic effect. After students had filled the page with their doodles, I had them trace 3 or more circles anywhere on their paper, but you could of course do any shape. The area inside each circle is the only place where the students could add colour, so I explained to the class that they wanted to trace their circles over doodles that would create visual interest. The students then used markers to add colour to their drawings. Not all of the students were able to finish in just one class, but they all created some very cool artworks as you can see below:
This student decided to create more smaller circles by tracing her pencil sharpener.
This student wanted to create more of a complete image, but also included a wonderful pattern with the waves.
This student wanted to try adding colour with pencil crayon. I liked the outlining she did, especially with the green swirls.