Create your own colorful circle art inspired by famous artist, Alma Thomas. This abstract circle art project for kids is also a great way to explore abstract art with kiddos of all ages. All you need are circles of different sizes and some colored markers to make your own unique artwork!

ABSTRACT CIRCLE ART FOR KIDS

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ALMA THOMAS

Alma Thomas was an African American artist and school teacher. She was known for her patterned abstract style and for her vibrant color palette.

Thomas did not become a full time artist until she was 68 years old! Her work first became famous in the Washington DC area, where she went to school and later taught, but was not fully appreciated world wide until after her death in 1974.

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ABSTRACT CIRCLE ART

SUPPLIES:

  • Various sized rings
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Art paper

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Gather different-sized circles to trace around. (Lids, cups, bowls)

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STEP 2: Trace the largest circle first. Work down to the center from largest to smallest using your pencil.

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STEP 3: Draw lines to divide each ring into small rectangle shapes. No measuring is necessary, just use your imagination.

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STEP 4: Use markers to color in each shape, but leave a bit of white space on each side of your pencil lines.

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STEP 5: Erase your pencil lines.

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WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.

Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!

Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences.
In other words, it’s good for them!

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You’ll find each of our famous artists featured in our Famous Artists Project Pack 👇  including tons of fantastic resources!

This bundle includes a variety of art packs to cover different areas of the art experience! Perfect for ages 5-12, with various activities to suit all age levels. Easy to use in the home or classroom.

PACKS INCLUDE:

  • Famous Artists Project Pack with 25+ artists to explore past and present, including women, people of color, and indigenous peoples.
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  • Art Techniques Pack: Learn watercolor, collage, and printmaking techniques for your art projects. This pack is complete with information, tips, and activities to try!
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