Happy Summer everyone! Now that school is out, I thought we could have a bit of fun with Math and Art! In this post, we will go over how to make a the original spirograph (by hand) step by step using a compass and straight edge. Follow along with the video below or check out the tutorial in pictures in this post. Hope everyone is off to a great summer. Happy calculating! 🙂
What is a Spirograph?
The childhood toy we all know and love was invented by Denys Fisher, a British Engineer in the 1960’s.But the method of creating Spirograph patterns was invented way earlier by engineers and mathematicians in the 1800’s.
The Original Spirograph (by hand):
Step 1: Gather materials, for this drawing, we will need a compass and straight edge.
Step 2: Using our compass, we are going to open it to 7 cm and draw a circle.
Step 3: Next, we are going to open the compass to 1cm, making marks all around the circle, keeping that same distance on the compass.
Step 4: Draw a line connecting two points together (any two points some distance apart will do).
Step 5: Now, we are going to move the straight edge forward by one point each and connect the two points with another line.
Step 6: Continue this pattern of moving the ruler forward by one point and connecting them together all the way around.
Step 7: We have completed our Spirograph drawing! Try different sized circles, points around the circle, colors, and points of connections to create different types of patterns and have fun! 🙂
Still got questions or want to learn more about Math+ Art? No problem! Don’t hesitate to comment with any questions below. Thanks for stopping by and happy calculating! 🙂
For more Math + Art, check out this post on Perspective Drawing here.