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Easy Emoji Agamograph

Emoji Agamograph


Have fun with your students by creating this easy emoji agamograph. I wanted to show you how you can make your own emoji agamograph with your students starting from scratch. An agamograph is a fun art project that has two pictures mixed. When you look to one side, you will see one picture, and when you look to the other side, you’ll see the second picture. This project feels like magic when it’s done because it’s so neat to watch the images “change!”

This project has extra credit! Check it out!

Easy Emoji Agamographs


      • 2 pieces of paper 8.5” x 11”
      • Pencil and eraser
      • Permanent marker
      • Paint
      • Paintbrushes
      • Scissors
      • Glue or glue stick

Step 1: Start with your paper in front of you and fold the paper in half from right to left.

Step 2: Unfold the paper and cut the paper in half along the crease.

Step 3: Draw an emoji expression on each page with a pencil. Pick two different emoji expressions that you think go well together. Opposite expressions work well, but you can draw any two that you want. Once you have the drawings the way you want them, outline them with a permanent marker.

Step 4: With your paintbrushes, paint both of your emoji expressions. Paint the backgrounds with contrasting (different) colors. Let them dry!

After the paint dries, you can outline with marker again to make the black lines stand out!

Tip: This may seem obvious to you as an adult, but so often, children do not actually know what the “background” of their artwork is. When I say, “color the background,” they often think that I mean the back of the paper. This is a good time to reinforce this to ensure you are all on the same page (pun intended, of course!).

Do steps 5, 6, and 7 for both of your emoji paintings.

Step 5: Fold your emoji painting in half. Open your painting and then fold in each side to line up with the crease you have made in the middle. 

Tip: Depending on what kind of paint you use, your paper may curl. This isn’t a huge deal – but it can be frustrating. So an easy tip is to paint a border and an “x” on the back of the page to help it lay flat. Just be cautious about using color the same as the background color (or lighter), so it doesn’t show through on the front.

When you are finished, you will have three fold lines on your page – for both of your emoji paintings.

Step 6: Turn over your paintings and number the four sections. Use odd numbers for one of your paintings (1, 3, 5, 7) and use even numbers for the second painting (2, 4, 6, 8).

Step 7: With your scissors, cut along the folded lines so you have 4 pieces of the same size.

When you have cut all the pieces, you will have something that looks like this…

Step 8: With glue or glue sticks, glue the pieces onto the second 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

Glue them in order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. You will be alternating between the two different paintings, so they look mixed up like this…

Emoji Agamograph

Step 9: Once your pieces are dry, fold the page using an accordion fold (fanfold). The first fold should be backward. 

Emoji Agamograph

Hold your final artwork out in front of you. You’ll see the two images as you move the agamograph back and forth!

Emoji Agamograph

You could also try these other ideas for your easy emoji agamograph:

      • Making an agamograph with larger paper and more pieces.
      • Use two of the four seasons, like winter and summer.
      • Make one image in black and white and one in color.

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Extra Credit!

Actually, instead of suggesting extra credit here, I am offering a simpler way of making emoji agamographs with your kids. If you think of the main post as instructions for baking a cake from scratch,  then this extra credit project is like making brownies from a box–much easier, less messy, and (by many accounts) just as good!

In my Emoji Agamographs resource on TPT, I have already “spliced” the two images together, and each space has been assigned a color. All students have to do is color them and then fold them. Then, once completed, students can flip the paper back and forth to see their emojis change expression!

Agamographs are fun and contemporary activities to easily integrate art into your classroom. There is a huge “wow factor” in this art activity—students love the surprise. And best of all, they did it themselves!!

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