Art Making

Hands Project

We have spent several days going through the basic principals in learning about art. Now it is finally time to create some art!! We are going to use some of the ideas we have learned when we talked about aesthetics and art history and use them to create artwork from a tracing of our own hands and forearms. These will be a good project to see where you started this semester and how far your knowledge and ability has come over the semester. I want you to be able to see the transformation of you as an artist and person. Please take your time to thoughtfully consider this project as you work on it. I don’t expect it to be perfect or whatever your idea of perfect is. I expect you to work on it with pride and show good craftsmanship.

The Hand Project Stop Motion from Heidi Wong on Vimeo.


  • Craftsmanship – the quality of design and work shown in something made by hand; artistry.
  • Contour Line – a solid line that varies in thickness to show form of an object, outline around an object.
  • Symbols – a recognizable object used to portray meaning and represent an idea.
  • Composition – the overall arrangement of elements and principles of design in a painting or picture.


  • White Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Black Sharpie
  • Water Color Paints
  • Pastels


  1. Trace your hand and forearm on the white paper with your pencil. Make sure your hand and arm take up most of the paper so you have plenty of room to work.
  2. Draw symbols inside the outline of your hand with your pencil. These do not have to be perfect, they can look cartoonish, the symbols to represent something about you. Your favorite food, hobby, family pet, activity, sport, tv show, movie, song, artist, people in your family, etc. Make the symbols fill up the who space of your arm. Make the symbols say as much about you as they can.
  3. Then draw contour lines on the outside of your hand and arm drawing. Write words from one line to the next that also describe you. You can repeat the words to fill up space if you run out of words but still have space.
  4. Take the colored pencils, markers, or water colors and color in your composition. You can use one of the mediums or all of them just try and use color in an interesting way.
  5. Outline all lines with the sharpie and create contour lines that vary in thickness.
  6. Sign your work! Tell us about it on the back, what the symbols mean, why you chose them and how you feel about your finished project.
  7. Take a picture of your project and upload it to the Padlet by clicking the + button below on the Padlet.

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