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Get ready to add a touch of artistic flair to your Thanksgiving celebrations with our exciting Thanksgiving Agamograph Art Project for kids! This captivating craft will showcase the essence of the season with a dual display featuring a turkey on one side and a scrumptious slice of pumpkin pie on the other. Watch as your artwork magically transforms before your eyes, offering a delightful visual treat for the holiday festivities.
This year has been a joy as I've explored various art projects to engage with my kids. Among my favorites are the Turkey Cootie Catchers and the Tye-Dye Turkey Coffee Filters. Crafting alongside your children fosters a special bonding experience, creating cherished memories and moments of shared creativity.
Engaging in art projects as a family provides a wonderful opportunity for bonding and fostering meaningful connections. The creative process becomes a shared experience, allowing for open conversations and quality time with your kids. Whether it's crafting colorful Pirate Clothespin Puppets or experimenting with Toilet Paper Roll Bumble Bees, the collaborative effort not only sparks creativity but also encourages communication. Through these shared moments, you not only create beautiful art but also lasting memories, strengthening the familial bond and creating a space for meaningful conversations with your little 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:
Thanksgiving Agamograph Template
Markers or colored pencils
A piece of cardstock or heavy paper
Step 1: Download and Print the Thanksgiving Agamograph Template
To begin your Thankgiving 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 Thanksgiving Agamograph Template.
I recommend printing the Thanksgiving 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 the Turkey and the slice of pumpking pie 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: 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.
Folding Tip: 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.
Fold Along the Score Line: Once you've scored the line, remove the ruler and toothpick. You should see a faint crease where you scored. Now, you can easily fold the paper along that crease, and you'll get a crisp, clean fold.
Step 6: Showcase Your 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 the Turkey transforms into Pumpkin Pie, and Pumpkin Pie morphs back into Turkey with each twist! It's a Thanksgiving illusion that will leave everyone spellbound.
Turkey-tastic and thankful for this craft? Don't waddle away just yet—there's more festive fun in store for Thanksgiving! From creating your own table decorations to whipping up delightful place cards, the world of Thanksgiving art projects is at your fingertips. More holiday-inspired fun awaits with these Thanksgiving projects!