Thursday, February 24, 2011

Double Take

- White Drawing Paper (2 sheets 5" x 7" for each child)
- Tagboard (1 sheet 5" x 16" for each child)
- Markers/ Colored Pencils
- Rulers
- Scissors
- Glue Sticks
- Pencils
- One piece 5" x 11" Construction Paper for each child

1. Draw one image  horizontally on each 5" x 7" paper. I did a warm and cool color lesson, but you can draw or teach anything.

2. On the back, demonstrate to students how to measure and divide each sheet into 7 separate sections. 
3. Repeat on 5" x 16" paper and divide into 16 separate spaces. 

4. Using the lines as a guideline, fold back and forth "like a fan" or a zig-zag. I showed the students how to place the ruler right onto the line and fold, making nice crisp folds. 

5. Take one picture and cut along the lines. You should have 7 pieces. Skipping the first space on your tagboard, place each strip in order in every other space. Check for correctness. 
When it is correct, glue down the strips.

I emphasize not cutting until this step and only cutting one picture. This eliminates any loose strips that can be lost when it is time for clean up.

6. Take the other picture and cut along the lines. Place in empty spaces, making sure to still keep the spaces on each end blank. Glue down after approval.

7. The spaces at each end that were left blank will be used to staple down onto 5" x 11" construction paper. 


 My pictures are aligned all weird because I still don't know how to easily place pictures where you want them!


  1. I used to do this project, a zillion years ago, but it got shelved and I forgot about it. Thanks for bringing it back! Your first image made me think this would be great to do with a fall/spring or summer/winter thing. Or maybe it would be cool with an op art thing too.

  2. I used to do these too -- with warm and cool colors. They remind me of a piece I recently saw at the James Gray Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. He had 2 pieces of art by British artist, Patrick Hughes. They are examples of something called "reversepective" and absolutely blew my mind!! There is a short video that tries to capture the illusion on Hughes' website (, although it falls very short of seeing the real thing. If you ever get the chance to see one of his works, grab it!!
    Thanks for sharing the specifics of your lesson so precisely!

  3. Oh, wow, that IS cool! Those images "change" just from moving where you are?? It reminds me of a modern Escher... or those images you've seen artwork made on sidewalks that completely change depending on your perspective- neat stuff! Thanks for sharing : )

  4. Absolutely love it! This can also be prerequisite for accordian bookmaking too!