Compass Painting

It is time for another Paint and Play challenge.  If this is your first time joining us,  the focus for our weekly series is all about the process, having fun and getting kids excited to create art with fun and unique mediums!  Our challenge this week was to get creative with School Supplies.  While Growing A Jeweled Rose is outside to creating Solar Crayon Art, we dusted up on our math skills by creating a Concentric Compass Painting. 

Compass Painting ~ Fun back to school art!

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Its almost time for my kids to go back to school and our summer break is coming to a close.  I will miss having a crazy busy house, but the kids can’t wait to see all their friends.  I am thankful that they still love school, it makes this process so much easier.

In order to get everyone back in the school groove, we are attempting to organize our school supplies.  As we were sorting all the pencils, rulers and notebooks, we came across a compass and a paint set.  After a little fiddling, we came up with a fun solution that allowed us to paint with our compass.  Look out beautiful circles, here we come!

Compass Painting ~ Fun back to school art!

 Compass Painting: 

  • Compass
  • Paint brush ~ with a skinny handle
  • Masking Tape
  • Watercolor Paint
  • White Paper

Compass Painting ~ Fun back to school art!

Our paintbrush was a little skinny to fit exactly into our compass.  To keep it from sliding around, we taped it with a little masking tape.

Compass Painting ~ Fun back to school art!

To begin creating, simply load your paint brush as you would normally, leaving it attached to the compass.  The kids found this a bit awkward at first, but the quickly got the hang of it.  We also found that a wet paint-filled brush worked better that a slightly dry brush.

Compass Painting ~ Fun back to school art!

I love all the beautiful overlapping circles.

Compass Painting ~ Fun back to school art!

We had so much fun covering the paper in as many circles as we could manage.

Compass Painting ~ Fun back to school art!

The kids soon discovered if they placed the point of the compass in the same spot and widened or narrowed the hinge of the compass, they were able to create a beautiful concentric circle pattern.  They were so excited by this simple discovery!

Compass Painting ~ Fun back to school art!

I have to admit, I brain starts to hurt when I hear mathematical words, and the thought of using a compass to create something playful and fun sounds like a total contradiction to me.  However, this simple project was so delightful and it a great introduction for kids to learn how a compass works.  We will be trying this again soon.  Compass Painting is such a fun and playful way to combine math and art!

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Make sure to stop by Growing A Jeweled Rose and see how they created Solar Crayon Art!

Solar Crayon Art

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Don’t miss out on any of our Paint and Play series:

Balloon Painting 5 Ways and Super Creative Balloon Painting

Homemade Spin Art Machine and A Spin on Spin Art

Tire Swing Pendulum Painting and Glowing Pendulum Painting 

Painting with Candy and Painting with Candy

Glowing Ice Painting and Summer SCENTsory Ice Paints

Marble Maze Painting and  Ice Marble Painting Activity

Touch Painting and Touch Painting

Soap Free Bubble Prints and  Glowing Bubbles

Make sure you stop back in next week for more Paint and Play!

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Circle Painting made easy ~ simple preschool art

These simple Circle Prints are perfect for creating with your toddler.

If you love process art like us, then check out my Painting Without Brushes Pinterest board.  It is packed full of fun ideas.

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20 thoughts on “Compass Painting

  1. This is such a great idea, my son will love it! I’d love to have you share this or any of your amazing posts at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It starts Friday’s at 6pm, hope we see you there!
    Tracy

  2. Awesome! My youngest is really not into ‘painting’ these days…I really think your series will come in handy. And my teens math tools :D Thanks SOO much for sharing these creative helpful creations! I needed the inspiration, I had all but given up til now!!! THANKS AGAIN! I have Pinned this and more projects (but noticed you don’t have a Pin It widget?) Happy Spring time
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