This Teens at Home activity is developed by Dublin based artist Kathryn Maguire. Inspired by Mary Bauermeister‘s art work ‘Sketch for Tanglewood’ from the IMMA Collection, Kathryn invites us to explore the world through the lens of the Circle.
Have a look around any room and see all the circles. Look at their size, their shape, and their colour. Are they grouped together? Are some circles rounder than others?
If we lived in a circular world would it be nice? Would it be funny? What would it look like? Do circles feel different to other shapes? Can you make a game noting all the circular shapes in the room around you? Can you imagine if Minecraft was circular? Imagine if pixels were circle-shaped and not square….
Gather all the circular objects you can find. Using old magazines and papers, draw small-to-big sized circles and start to cut them out of your papers. Trace around the various coloured paper with the circular shapes, cut as many out as possible.
Start to create a pattern, whether it is a circle of circles or a spiral. Perhaps put one circle down and leave a gap, and then another. Do some circles sizes fit better together? Overlap them. Layer them. Maybe draw some pictures around the circles. Did you look a the giant circle on the IMMA website? Maybe make a giant sculptural circle for your bedroom that will be sparkly like a Bindi. Do you know what a Bindi is?
Draw a picture of a Minecraft world but make its pixels circular not square. Maybe cut out circles and make a circle based grid system out of coloured paper, can you make a grid with circles?
This Teens at Home art activity was developed by Kathryn Maguire.
IMAGE: Mary Bauermeister, Sketch for Tanglewood Press, 1966, Mixed media print, 43 x 55.5 cm Framed: 68.5 x 79 x 5.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992.
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