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South Bay Hands on Art

Wavy Paper

Grades 3-12

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Suggested Supplies

Paper, pencil, something to color with (markers, colored pencils, or crayons),

black marker (or pencil or crayon),  optional: ruler (or something to help draw a straight line)

Video Lesson Steps

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Watch Intro video:

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Watch and create your own Wavy Paper!

Steps are in the video below. 

Sample variations are shown below. 


5 lines, person falling.

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6 lines, classic color pattern.


7 lines.

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Rainbow coloring.

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Ribbon coloring in pencil.

(pencil tip: press lighter in centers, harder/darker on edges)


Colored Candy Cane

separated with repeating blue/white

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Curved lines

(tip: Instead of ruler for starting lines, make sweeping curved lines from edge to edge)

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You are done!

Bonus Video:

If you want to do more, here's how to make Exploding Shapes!

Sample variations:



Project Description

Students will learn about Optical Illusions Art (Op Art) and then get to make their own Wavy Paper optical Illusion.  Optical illusions use our eyes to trick our brains.   Following step-by-step instructions, students will make their paper look wavy.  At the end there is an optional bonus 'trick'.  They can add small cut-out of a person and make it appear they are falling into the paper.   K-2 has a shorted background section, and simpler samples.  3-12 has a slightly longer background section, and more sample variations.  3-12 also has a bonus 'Exploding Shapes' version if they want to do more.