Layered Cut Paper

Stunning artwork created by layers of cut construction paper. The perfect way to teach Balance and Movement!

Supplies:

  • Colorful construction paper (3 per student)
  • Xacto knives

Downloadable Sign-out Sheet: X-Acto Knife Safety

I love this project because the materials are so simple, but the results are stunning! I started by having my students sketch their design onto the back of the paper. I showed them how to measure a border that would hold their design together.

Stunning artwork created by layers of cut construction paper. The perfect way to teach Balance and Movement!

Before they started sketching, I showed them examples of Movement in artwork. I explained that their sketch should move the viewer’s eye around their art.

Stunning artwork created by layers of cut construction paper. The perfect way to teach Balance and Movement!

When they were ready to start cutting out their design, I had them check out an Xacto knife from me. In order to make sure all of the knives were accounted for, I taped numbers onto each one. When I handed a knife to a student, I would write the number next to their name. When they turned it back into me I would sign my initials over the number. Before they could check out a knife for the first time, each student signed that they understood the Safety Rules on the check-out sheet. (Downloadable Sign-out Sheet: X-Acto Knife Safety.)

Stunning artwork created by layers of cut construction paper. The perfect way to teach Balance and Movement!

After they finished cutting the design out of their first paper, my students sketched another design on a second sheet. Once they had carved that design out also, they chose a solid paper to use as the background. Before they decided what order to glue them in, we discussed the Principle of Balance. Students would arrange and re-arrange their art to see which order looked the most balanced.

Stunning artwork created by layers of cut construction paper. The perfect way to teach Balance and Movement!

 

I got the idea for this project from this website.

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