Handprint Prisms: Group Art Project Inspired by Sonia Delaunay

This abstract group art project is designed to be a collaborative art project for a group of people.  It’s the perfect activity for a family gathering, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, a play-date with friends, or a group of students.

Everyone gets a chance to “give a hand” while making this art project.

Sonia Delaunay is the artist who inspired this art project.  Delaunay was a Ukrainian-born French artist (1885-1979) who spent most of her life in Paris.

Sonia was introduced to art museums and galleries when she was a young girl on her family travels throughout Europe.  She attended a highly-regarded secondary school and her drawing skills were noted by her teachers.  At age 18, she was encouraged by her teachers to attend an art school in Germany.  She studied there until 1905 when she decided to move to Paris.

Delaunay was an avant-garde artist who was well-known for her strong use of color and geometric shapes.

Sonia was a painter, textile designer, and a set and stage designer.

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She was influenced by the cubist artists of her time.  Her artwork moved away from representational art and became experiments in color and design.

The inspiration piece for this art project is Electric Prisms, 1913.


Sonia Delaunay's 1913 Electric Prisms Painting

Sonia Delaunay, Electric Prisms 1913

Sonia Delaunay, Electric Prisms.

Supplies needed for this project are:

  • Drawing paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Graphite pencil
  • Ruler

The first step of this art project is to trace the handprints on your drawing paper.

Have each person place their hand wherever they would like on the drawing paper and trace around it.

It’s OK to overlap the handprints and allow the drawings to intersect.  This will make for a more unique abstract final design.

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Once everyone has drawn their hand, use the ruler to create some vertical and horizontal lines across the entire drawing.

The extra lines will create more unique shapes within the drawing and create a more abstract design.

Erase any small lines that end outside of the edges of any shape.  The design will be neater if each line ends to create a shape.

Once you’re happy with the drawing, it’s time to color! 

Have each person take turns using colored pencils to color each of the unique shapes within the design a different color.

When each shape is filled in, your artwork is done!

This group art project is a fun, creative way to bring together family, friends, or classmates.

You can also use this idea with different mediums such as acrylic paint on canvas or watercolor on paper, etc.  We chose colored pencils since they are easy to use and require no cleanup!

Have fun creating a one-of-a-kind unique art piece to commemorate your family gathering this holiday season!


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Crystal has worked in the arts and taught drawing and painting for over 25 years in Los Angeles. She loves creating art, gardening, planning fun art projects, and enjoying creative adventures with her family. Find out more at fineartmom.com.

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