Figures in Action!

During the Games, athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals across a range of sports including: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling (Road, Track & Mountain Biking), Diving, Gymnastics (Artistic & Rhythmic), Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Para Powerlifting, Rugby, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

In these activities students will learn to combine shapes to depict people in action. Collect a range of photographs of the different events at the Commonwealth Games. Look at the actions and movements the athletes make in different sports before each activity, for inspiration.

Materials List

Mineral Paper                            
Artline Liquid Crayons               
Yoken Markers Chisel                    
Cover Paper Assorted                          
Posca Marker Bullet                     
Cover Paper Black                   
Glue Stick

How to make Figures in Action

Step 1. Draw patterns onto a sheet of Mineral Paper using Liquid Crayons.

Step 2. Paint water carefully over the design so that the colours disperse. Allow time to dry.

Step 3. Discuss the actions and movements athletes make while participating in different sports. What shapes make up different parts of a human body?

Step 4. Cut out a series of shapes (between 5-8cm) from Black Cover Paper; include circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, trapezoids and ovals.

Step 5. Arrange the shapes to make a figure – head, body arms and legs. Rearrange the figure’s pose so that it resembles an athlete in action. How can shapes be positioned so that they show legs that are running? Cut out more shapes if required. Decide on a final pose and glue the shapes into place on the Mineral Paper background.

Step 6. Make a list of words that reflect this figure’s pose. Write these words around the figure, filling in the negative space of the image with Permanent Marker. 

Step 7. Use Posca Markers to add line and pattern in and around words.

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