Abstract Concentric Circles

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Have fun with concentric circles and mixed media! Create an abstract piece of art.

  • 1.

    Provide each student with a piece of Crayola® Giant Marker and Watercolor Pad Paper and Crayola® No-Run School Glue.

  • 2.

    Instruct students to carefully create random concentric circle patterns with the glue. Since this is an abstract piece of art, allow the students to place the circles wherever they choose and crop them as desired. Allow the glue to dry overnight.

  • 3.

    Once the glue has dried, give each student Crayola® Washable Watercolors, a Crayola® Watercolor brush, water and salt.

  • 4.

    Invite students to paint their concentric circles, defining each ring with a different color. Encourage the students to experiment with salt and watercolor by demonstrating the texture that salt can create as it soaks up excess water.

  • 5.

    Instruct the students to fill in the negative space with their choice of Crayola® Washable Marker color(s).

  • 6.

    Once the students’ work is complete, ask them to find a partner to discuss their choice of color and arrangement of circles.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • Math: Students describe, analyze, compare, and classify two-dimensional shapes.
  • VA: Work individually and collaboratively to create two- and three-dimensional works of art that make cohesive visual statements and that employ the elements of art and principles of design.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.


  • Allow students to use any form of media to create an abstract art piece with an emphasis on concentric circles.
  • Investigate the work of Wassily Kandinsky.
  • Research concentric circles found in nature: flowers, ripple patterns in water, etc.