POLYGON SHAPES DESIGN – Colour, Transparency, Shape

Students create a design using a variety of overlapping, regular polygon shapes, choose a specific colour scheme and use coloured pencils to apply colours so that they create the illusion of transparency;

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POLYGON SHAPES DESIGN –  Colour, Transparency, Shape


  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Coloured Pencils
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Erasers


Step 1
  1. Cut out the polygon tracers. (Downloads - PolygonTracers.pdf)
  2. Place a tracer on your paper.
  3. Mark each vertex.
Step 2
  1. Connect the dots of each vertex to create the polygon.
  2. Try extending the connecting lines to add interest to your design
  3. Use different polygons.
  4. Overlap the shapes.
  5. From time to time view your design from a distance.
    - Is the design balanced?
    - Does it move your eye through the picture plane?
Step 3
  1. Redraw the lines and dots with a fine line marker.
  2. Choose a colour scheme. (Colour Wheel Poster)
    - Complementary - Uses colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel.
    - Analogous - Uses colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel.
    - Triadic- Uses 3 colours that are evenly spaced on the colour wheel.
  3. Colour your design using the colours you have chosen.
  4. Blend the colours where the shapes overlap.
Step 4
  1. View your design with fresh eyes.
    - Do the shapes look transparent? Why?
    - Do some shapes seem to be on top of other shapes?
    - What do you see that makes you say that?
    - Does your eye move through the picture plane? How?
    - What do you like best about your design? Why?
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8,

    • Grade 9

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