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Patriotic Art: Op Art Stars and Stripes

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This patriotic art project is a great art lesson for 4th or July, President’s Day, Veteran’s Day, or Flag Day. I’ll show you step-by-step how to make a Star with Waves. In addition, teachers can use this lesson for a writing lesson.

 

 

Tips for Making Your Partiotic Art  

In the Op Art Using Stars & Stripes lesson, you’ll find several strategies for drawing a star.

Or you could have students trace the star as shown below. 

You can cut the wave shape from any heavy paper.

One option is to use part of a cereal or cracker box.

 
 
 
using a start template to make stars on the page
 
 
 
using a wave template cut from a cracker box to make wave lines down the page
 
 
Adding the waves can be a little tricky. This sheet (shown above) which you will find in the lesson, will help your students avoid some of the pitfalls of making an op-art wave design.
blue stripe art technique - marker outline, watercolor inside with salt sprinkles
 
 
 
 
I used a Maped washable marker to outline every other shape inside the star. Then, while the watercolor was wet, I sprinkled salt on top. As the watercolor dries, it creates little star-like textures in the watercolor.
 
 
 
red stripe art technique - marker outline with watercolor inside
 
 
 
shading with blue colored pencil to make the star stand out.
 
 
 
 
writing page for students to write about a patriotic topic
 
This page gives you an excellent opportunity to add some writing to your patriotic art project! Some topics include “Freedom is …”, “Patriotism is …” and “I love America because ”.
 
 
 

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An opt art star with a wave pattern running across the entire page. The inside of the star is blue and white and the outside of the star is red and white. The text says, "Op Art Stars - Step-by-Step Demo".
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Stacey Peters

Stacey Peters

I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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