Patriotic Art Project for kids!
What in the world is an Agamograph you may be wondering?? Well, wonder no more. I’ve produced a time-lapse video to show you (prepare to be wowed)! It’s really cool!
You can find this resource HERE or by clicking on any of the Patriotic Agamograph images below. Read about other Patriotic art projects for kids on my blog post HERE. ****I have included September 11th and Remembrance Day (Canada) designs into my Patriotic Agamographs****
I debuted my first Agamograph for Earth Day.
I was so delighted when teachers responded well to this new idea of mine. I was even more excited when I heard how much the kids enjoyed the “wow” factor when the project is all put together. For the month of May, I decided to make another agamograph for Memorial Day (but this project could really be used for any patriotic holiday, such asIndependence Day or Veterans Day). This is a great patriotic art project for kids.
As you saw in the video, an agamograph morphs from one image to the next as you walk from side to side. For this design, I used an American flag and a group of soldiers. On one side you see the American flag and then as you walk to the other side the image changes into, well, a group of soldiers. From the front you see a mixed image.
The effect works best at eye level of the viewer and when put together with other agamographs from a class of kids they make an amazing display. I have had excited classroom teachers e-mailing me since Earth Day eager to share their displays and final images.
This project is easy once you’ve made one. I have already done the hard part–interleaving the two images. All the kids have to do is color, cut, glue two sheets of paper together and fold. I include a detailed how-to video and written instructions with this resource so it’s a breeze!
I recommend this activity for grades 3 and up but have had teachers in grades 1 and 2 write me and tell me they were successful with my Earth Day agamograph. I have two slightly different version of the Memorial Day imagery to allow for differentiation (one is a slightly simpler design).
The first design (below) is of a group of soldiers on one side and a full American flag on the other. This is a great design for older students who can handle the small shapes that need to be colored and if you have available an appropriate medium like colored pencils or markers to use. It would be very hard to get in all the small spaces with dull crayons.
If coloring around all 50 stars is too challenging/time consuming for your age group, you would want to use the second design (below). I purposely created this design to take less time and be easier to color. You could use this second design for younger kids or even as discreet differentiation in your group where some kids might need less of a challenge. The end results are both so stunning it doesn’t really matter which one you use!
Whenever possible, I like to have children do some sort of writing prompt to go along with their art. To see a child’s art is wonderful and paired up with their thoughts written down on paper make their work priceless. I have included writing prompts in this resource.
I hope you will give this project a try…it’s such a great way to honor the soldiers that create this free land for us to grow, prosper and be creative in! You can see my other patriotic lessons HERE. I will be making many more agamographs in the future, I hope you will come back to visit me often…I’ve already received requests for a few ideas.
I have also included September 11th specific designs.
I also have these Patriotic agamographs for my Canadian teacher colleagues for their Remembrance Day events. This is a unique art project that your students won’t forget! I absolutely LOVE the poppies !!!
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See what amazing things teachers have done with my Agamographs! This teacher that sent me this image is from Phoenix see her blog HERE.
I like to post free resources on my blog whenever possible and also have an entire section for free resources on my TPT site HERE.
You might enjoy this free collaborative American Flag poster that your student cans can work cooperatively to color and assemble! Makes for a great classroom display.
I also have a FREE Canadian Flag collaboration poster as well:
…and of course I have bundled all of my agamographs into one place: