These math-integrated art lessons focus on bilateral symmetry and radial symmetry and the elements of art: line, shape, color, pattern, texture, and space.
Positive Negative Notan Design
is a challenging activity that uses radial symmetry and mirror imaging.
is a foolproof drawing lesson that produces colorful, fanciful results and gives students the opportunity to apply their understanding of bilateral symmetry.
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:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- materials list
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- 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
- photos of student art work for reference
Also included in this collection are three student worksheets:
- Sunflakes and Snowflakes - for comparing sunflakes and snowflakes
- Symmetry in My Art - an art reflection worksheet focusing on the use of symmetry
- Creating My Art - an art reflection worksheet focusing on the creative process
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards supported are listed at the beginning of each lesson and in the preview. This resource also includes a description of the National Core Visual Arts Anchor Standards and an overview of ways Art education supports other areas of the curriculum.
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.
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Each of the lessons in this collection is also available individually.
Related art lessons:
GeomARTry - Linking Math and Art
Learn and Use Math Vocabulary in Art
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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