How to Cut a Spiral Video Tip

Video Art Tip: How to Cut a Spiral

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.

How to cut a spiral. A video tip that shows a fool-proof way to cut spirals for your next collage project.

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 Name Panels

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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  • Tulle

    I love it! Excellent post.

  • Homgar

    Excellent post!!

  • Mary Ellen VanMarter

    I love love love your site!

  • Kathy

    Great skill teaching and technique!
    You are such an encouraging teacher Patty – thanks for all you do!

    • Patty

      You are so welcome, Kathy! Happy to share what I love.

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