Learning how to connect the dots to form lines looks easier than it really is. That is not to say that this project is difficult, but it is best for upper elementary students.
I highly encourage you to experiment with the process you find most appropriate for your students. Not only is it quite relaxing but you’ll pick up on the potential sticky areas that the students may encounter.
The idea is to create polygon shapes inside the heart. There are a couple of ways to go about this: free form and by using a set of lines or even a template to start.
Watch the video tutorial here…
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
– 12″ x 9″ white watercolor paper
– Watercolor paints
– Water & small round tip brush
On 12″ x 9″ white 90 lb watercolor paper, draw or trace a heart using a pencil. I’m using a black marker ONLY because pencil’s don’t show up well in videos. But I recommend a pencil so children can erase any unwanted lines.
Teacher Prep Tip: If you are photocopying the heart template, you may want to enlarge it on your copier and photocopy onto cardstock. It’s easier to trace this way.
Using a straight edge (I’m using a piece of tagboard), draw dots around the edges of the heart about 2″ apart and two or three on the inside of the heart.
To make polygons, draw a rhombus shape first just below the midline of the heart, then place a dot near one of the sides.
Continue to connect the dots with one of the end points of the rhombus to create a straight lines.
Using a limited palette of watercolors (3-4 Analogous colors), begin painting each individual polygon a separate color. I find it very helpful to use a small brush then outline each polygon then fill in with color.
To make a color lighter, add more water. The final project looks best when there are light and dark colors to create contrast.
*Optional: Once the watercolor paint dries, use a metallic marker to go over all of the pencil lines. Outlining with a Sharpie is also a great way to add the final flourish.
Have you done this lesson? I’d love to hear how the instructions worked for you or if you tried a new technique.
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It’s beautiful I want to create many hearts
Looks easy, will try it today
My daughter will love this, definitely doing it with her
try watercolor pencils for shading edges within each shape and adding more texture!
love the hearts!
I’m a class mom to first graders and originally I signed up for you emails for them but I think I’m staying for me!! Lol your projects are crazy cute!
Hah! I love it!
Where can I get the freebie??
Hi Lisa, there is a box near the top of the page that says “click to download”
-Hannah (Team Sparkle)
Looks like a lesson I did with colored pencils and made them into pillows
I work in Norway in 5 th grade. I am looking forward to try this in my class.🤗
This is really good
The heart was very colourful
And very nice
I am using this with my Secondary Special Ed kids during the pandemic 🙂
I think it was fun, but she was going a little too fast for me. I enjoyed and it was a very neat project to do and it was a very interesting and out of the box.
it is so cool it is good
I love geometric hearts
this was helpful
Excellent art lesson.
Love the geometric hearts.
This project a hit with my ESE 2nd -5th Grade students. Accommodation for the various age ground I had the student cut fold paper in half, draw a half a heart then cut it out the heart for symmetry lesson. They thought it was magic.
Thank you for sharing this project.
This looks like a fun project!
I really enjoyed painting these hearts!
That is awesome.
This looks great and very creative! I will make many of these for Valentines day! 💟
Thank you for all of the wonderful art lesson ideas!
My free download for this unit- geometric heart is not coming into my email; not my spam either. Can you please send me a copy?
Did you scroll down to the banner and click ACCESS PDF. Just add your email and we’ll email you the freebie! The links are working and you should see it in your inbox after that! Enjoy!
Hi amazing Deep Space Sparkle. Thank you so much for all you do. Just a quick suggestion from one of your members. It would be awesome if Sparkler members were able to just pull these up.
Hi! Thanks so much for the suggestion, I’ll pass it on!
I love this art!
i like the way you did the heart!!!!!!
I changed your project for the season: St Patrick’s Day. I also did a wax resist technique where the polygon lines were drawn in by crayon. Then, when the water-coloring was added, you could see the polygon lines.
Absolutely amazing. So great full for such a lovely work.
Looks like a project my kids will love!
Love this projects. Students are learning math and drawing.
Love this art piece
This looks like a good activity for grade 4s.
I love this!
Awesome! Can’t wait to try it!
thinking of ideas for my fifth graders!
Me parece increíble para el concepto punto y línea
Love this idea. My learners are making geometric animals and this can change it up for others.
Could I please have template of this too, looks great
Hi! If you click the download button and add your email address we will send the lesson directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folders to make sure it didn’t end up there. Enjoy.