Cutting spirals can be a challenging task for kids. Most get the general idea: cutting a piece of paper into a spiral shape. This strategy feels right when you are cutting the spiral but if your intention is to glue it to a piece of paper, the cutting effort basically disappears.
To help kids cut a spiral that actually looks like a spiral, I show them this technique:
You can use spirals in so many art projects. Whenever I do any type of collage work or a lesson on Henri Matisse paper cuttings, a spiral cutting demonstration is always included.
Here are a few “spiral” projects for you to try:
Matisse-Inspired Christmas Trees
Hundertwasser Painted Panels (Hundertwasser loved spirals!)
Do you have a favorite method for teaching spiral cuttings? Add your expertise! Share your tips and comments below…
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I love it! Excellent post.
Inspiring me !!! Thank you very much
I love love love your site!
Great skill teaching and technique!
You are such an encouraging teacher Patty – thanks for all you do!
You are so welcome, Kathy! Happy to share what I love.