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28 to Make

Lesson 17 of 29

Day 17: Tangrams


28 to Make

Lesson 17 of 29

Day 17: Tangrams


Lesson Info

Day 17: Tangrams

(light electronic music) This is 28 To Make. I'm Lara McCormick. We are going to play with tangrams. Tangrams are an ancient Chinese puzzle composed of seven geometric shapes. I have an actual puzzle right here. The idea is to move around each shape and create another shape. Like a picture or something that we recognize from the world around us. It's very meditative and what it does is it helps you to see the abstract so it really sharpens your power of observation. And you'll see what I mean after I do this and you'll start to notice things that you maybe hadn't noticed before. So we've provided a PDF that you can download and you can do this project digitally or you can use this as a blueprint for creating your own tangram puzzle. So, once you've cut out your puzzle pieces, I want you to make something. It could be a person, it could be an animal. It could be an object. Just, you know, play with the tangrams and see what you can come up with and take pictures of each one of them. S...

o I'll show you what I did here. So, using the paper version of my puzzle, I created a house. Make sure again that all of the shapes are touching and none of them are overlapping. This one, this orange one is a guy running. So he's like, in movement. And then this one, I actually ended up gluing down because I liked the way the color looked on the cardboard and at first, I thought it was just representing movement and rotation but I also realized it could be a pinwheel too so play, play, play. And the idea is, just see what you come up with. And again, this is all about your powers of observation so there's no wrong way to do it. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Share it with the hashtag 28 To Make. (light electronic music)

Class Description

Sometimes, we lapse into unproductive habits because we don’t know what else to do. That's why we worked with some of the best creators we know to bring these 28 daily creative project ideas to your inbox so you can get back in the habit of making. 

Week 1

Celebrating everyday objects through drawing with Kate Bingaman-Burt

Week 2

Exploring line, form, and texture with Ryan Putnam

Week 3

Hacking visual language and creative thinking with Lara McCormick

Week 4

Connecting to your context through observation and lettering with Erik Marinovich


You'll get the same 2 videos every weekend, when you'll be encouraged to take in the sights and relax with Brooks Chambers

Who is this for?
It’s been gently optimized for designers, illustrators, and typographers, but it’s for anyone who wants give traction to their desire to create. 

How does it work?
  1. Sign up with the blue button above. 
  2. Watch your daily video prompt. 
  3. Make something! The projects can all be completed in 20 minutes, but you can take as long as you like. Also - do it your way. If the project calls for a drawing, but you've got some modeling clay on hand, feel free to sculpt instead.
  4. Reflect on your work for a few minutes. Did you love it? Hate it? Do you wish you could make one of these every day instead of doing the other projects? Do it!
  5. Share what you made with the world on Instagram using #28toMake. We really want to see what you come up with, and we're not alone.
  6. Repeat for 28 days, or until you stumble upon that thing that really gets you going. If you find yourself getting stale again, you can always come back. The videos will be emailed to you daily, but you can watch them on this page whenever you want.


Margaret Agnew

I just loved the way this was presented and the immediate connection of the videos and their content which helped me discover and try things I would not have thought I could do. The affirmations from others doing the same thing and being able to gather ideas from the 'sharing' bit was also important for me. I have gained a lot creatively and it has fired parts of my imagination that lay hidden. I am just sorry it is formally over. I missed the last x3 sessions and the portfolio bit due to illness but will complete the other tasks and will continue explore developing those that really opened a creative slot for me. Above all thanks to the tutors - each of you - I loved the content you chose and the enthusiasm and creative energy you conveyed in just a few moments and the generous attitude of the skills share. That's it - Thank you, would recommend to anyone not to miss this opportunity.

LAra TAmalunas

I was looking for a way to get back into the habit of creating. The class has some fun ideas for projects that are easy to work on, which is super helpful. Every day I was excited to see what my new project was! But...a few seemed to not be what I considered sketching or drawing and didn't seem to fit the description. Overall, very helpful though :)


Best course ever on Creative Live. It's the foundation for doing anything or everything creative. Even if you think your only creative interest is say photography ...and you're not a drawer, maker or artist of any kind ...think again. This course will open up your mind and you will discover that actually you are a creative and you can pick up a pencil and draw... and it doesn't take up much time... 10-20 minutes a day. In the beginning it's not about the end result, it's about the doing and how it sets something off in your brain. It will make a huge difference to everything else you put your hands and mind to in life.