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Get ready to infuse your Christmas celebrations with a dash of artistic magic! Our Christmas Agamograph Art Project for kids promises a visual feast featuring a charming Santa Claus on one side and a Gift on the other. Witness the enchantment unfold as your artwork seamlessly transitions between these iconic holiday images, adding a delightful touch to your festive gatherings.
This festive season has been filled with creative joy as we've dived into various art projects, from the whimsical Santa Paper Bag Puppets to the vibrant Reindeer Cootie Catchers. Crafting alongside your little ones not only sparks creativity but also creates moments of shared joy and lasting memories.
Engaging in art projects as a family during the holidays provides a unique opportunity for bonding and cultivating meaningful connections. The collaborative effort becomes a shared experience, fostering open conversations and quality time with your kids. Whether it's crafting festive 3D Paper Gingerbread Houses or experimenting with Salt Dough Ornaments, the creative journey becomes a pathway to communication and shared joy. These shared moments not only result in beautiful art but also create lasting memories, strengthening the familial bond and providing a space for meaningful conversations with your loved ones.
What is a Agamograph?
An Agamograph is a special kind of art that tricks your eyes into seeing two different pictures in one depending on what angle you look at it!
Here's how it works: You take a piece of paper and draw two different things on it, like a smiling sun and a rainy cloud. Then, you fold the paper back and forth in a zigzag, like making a fan or an accordion. When you hold it one way, you'll see the sun, and when you tilt it the other way, you'll see the rainy cloud. It's like magic!
Agamographs are super cool because they make your art come to life. So, the next time you want to create something amazing that changes right before your eyes, give Agamographs a try. Who knows what kind of fantastic surprises you can come up with!
Materials You'll Need:
Christmas Agamograph Template
Markers or colored pencils
A piece of cardstock or heavy paper
Step 1: Download and Print the Christmas Agamograph Template
To begin your Christmas Agamograph art project you need to download and print our Agamograph template. This download is available to all members for FREE! You heard me correctly, memberships are free to join for everyone who is 18 years an older! . Click on the link to signup and to find the Christmas Agamograph Template.
I recommend printing the Chistmas Agamograph Template on 8.5x11 white cardstock paper. Although cardstock paper is superior, you can use regular paper if you are unable to find cardstock.
Step 2: Color Your Template:
Once you've printed the template, it's time to unleash your creativity! Use markers or colored pencils to bring Santa and the Gift to life with vibrant colors. You're the artist, so let your imagination run wild!
The two images are broken up into segments and are laid out every other one from the two images. To help you keep it straight, on the template I have labeled them Picture A and Picture B. This way you can know which picture you are coloring.
Struggling with coloring these two images? We understand that the disconnected lines can make it challenging. If you're finding it tough, scroll down to the bottom of the post to discover a helpful hack that simplifies the coloring process. While it might involve a few extra steps, especially beneficial for our younger artists, it's well worth the effort.
Step 3: Cut Out The Template:
Carefully cut out Agamograph along the solid lines provided on the template. Be sure to follow the outlines precisely to ensure your Agamograph works its magic when we fold it.
Step 4: Score Along the Dotted Lines
It is important that your lines are precise. Younger kids may need help from an adult with this step. To achieve precise folds you need to score the lines on the agamograph before begin to fold. I used a toothpick and a ruler.
How To Score Lines
Place Your Ruler: Lay your ruler along the line where you want to create the score. Make sure it's positioned precisely where you want the fold to be.
Line up the Toothpick: Take your toothpick and place it along the ruler's edge, exactly on the line you want to score. It should be parallel to the ruler.
Apply Light Pressure: Press down gently with the toothpick while keeping it aligned with the ruler. The goal here is to make a shallow indentation or crease along the line, rather than cutting through the paper.
Repeat if Necessary: Depending on the thickness of your paper or cardstock, you may need to go over the same line a few times with the toothpick to ensure a clean score. Apply a bit more pressure if needed, but be careful not to tear the paper.
Once you've scored the line, remove the ruler and toothpick. You should see a faint crease where you scored.
Step 5: Fold Along the Dotted Lines
This is where the real enchantment begins. Fold your Agamograph along the dotted lines, creating an accordion-style pleat. The folds should be parallel to each other and about half an inch apart. Take your time with this step, as precision is key for the Agamograph effect.
Step 6: Showcase Your Spooky Creation
With your Agamograph assembled, it's time to unveil the magic. Hold your artwork at one end and gently begin to bend it back and forth along the folds. Watch as Santa transforms into a Gift, and the Gift morphs back into Santa with each twist! It's a Christmas illusion that will leave everyone enchanted.
Struggling with coloring these two images? As mentioned earlier, here's a special trick to simplify things, especially for younger kids. Before you start coloring, carefully cut along the dotted lines and assemble the two images separately. Color them in, and then glue them to another sheet of paper in the same order as they came. Afterward, proceed with the folding step. This method allows you to view the completed coloring page as a whole.
Don't miss out on the festive fun! Explore a world of creative possibilities with our other festive kids' art projects. Whether you're crafting delightful Christmas Paper Bag Puppets or cooking up some Reindeer Scotcheroos, each project is a gateway to imaginative joy and shared creativity. Discover the magic in every stroke of a paintbrush or the careful folding of paper. Our collection is brimming with delightful surprises, offering a variety of crafting experiences that cater to different interests and age groups. So, why stop here? Embark on a creative journey with your little elves and unlock the door to more artistic adventures. Your next masterpiece awaits!