Overlapping Rings

This is a good exercise for students to learn how to use lines to make images look like they overlap, and how to use color to give your art depth. The ability to overlap shapes is a kind of pre-cursor to learning how to draw in perspective.
1. I found that rolls of masking tape make the perfect template for students to trace circles. They are easy to hold and very easy to trace. If you give each student a new roll of tape, ask them to trace both the inside and outside so that lots of rings are both overlapping and even going off the edge of the paper. Just make sure that they don't go overboard as too many rings may get too confusing to work with.
2. After all the rings have been traced in pencil, show the students that they must decide which ones are in the front, and which are in the back. If a ring is in front, they must erase all the lines inside the ring. Once all the rings have been layered and none look "see through", they may use a thin black marker to trace the pencil lines.
3. When coloring the rings, show the students examples of how master artists have long used color to give their paintings depth. Generally, the further away an object is, the lighter the color. If you have posters of classic landscapes, you can illustrate this idea. Show the students that the rings closest to the top should have the darkest color, and the one furthest away should be the lightest. When complete, you will have an assortment of rings that are not only showing depth with lines, but with color as well!
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