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Make a Pendulum Painting | Art Activity

Make a Pendulum Painting

About the Artwork:

At the centre of the artwork there is a copy of the thumbprint of His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates. The fingerprint is symbolic to the ripple effect caused through a single action, in this case how a great Nation was created through the unification of the UAE by His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Make an Action Painting Instructions

Title: Make a Pendulum Painting

Overview: Create a continuous line

Themes: Painting

Artwork Photography Caption: PROPAGATION
Guiseppe Penone
Drawing on porcelain tiles
Louvre Abu Dhabi
© Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi

Age Range: 6-12 years old

Activity Timing: 45 minutes

Materials: acrylic paint, water, string, empty bottle, cutter and tape, paper

Thinking Questions:

• What shapes do you see?

• What technique did the artist use to create the artwork?

• Look closely, do you see the dark circle in the middle? What do you think it might be?

• This artwork carries the thumbprint of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and celebrates his legacy and vision for the United Arab Emirates.

• How do you think the artwork reflects the legacy of Sheikh Zayed?

• What actions will you take to leave your mark on society?


Parental supervision needed.

1- Take an empty water bottle and a paper cutter
2- Carefully cut off the bottom of the bottle
3- Poke two holes either side of the bottle
4- Thread the string through the holes to make a handle
5- Mix white acrylic paint with a small amount of water
6- Poke a hole into the bottle cap
7- Secure the cap with tape
8- Pour the acrylic paint into the empty bottle
9- Place a piece of paper on the floor
10- Hold the handle and make a wide circle
11- Watch the paint create your masterpiece!

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