Have fun with these math-related art lessons. Students will work with elements of art: line, shape, color, pattern, texture and space while exploring bilateral and radial symmetry.
Geometrical Face Collage requires students to think about what geometric shapes might be used to represent facial features. More advanced students can be asked to consider negative space as part of their design. Symmetrical Cityscapes is a foolproof drawing lesson that produces colorful, fanciful results and gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the concept of bilateral symmetry. Sunflakes is a collage activity that is inspired by a poem with the same title, written by Frank Asch. It gives students practice in estimating distance while creating a radial design in warm colors.
Each of the lessons includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- materials list
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- at least one writing extension
Also included in this packet is a printable color wheel with definitions for color combinations.
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Also included in the packet is the url for my blog, Creating Art With Kids, where readers can find detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the process of teaching many of my art lessons.
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Two of the lessons in this packet are also available as follows:
Symmetrical Cityscapes is available as a single lesson titled Cityscapes With Symmetry.
Another version of Geometric Face Collage, called Abstract Face Collage, is bundled with two other lessons in Art Lessons With Faces.
Other related art lessons you might enjoy:
GeomARTry - Linking Math and Art
Art With Patterns
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.