Connect to math and science with this wax resist watercolor art lesson. Students work with line, shape, radial symmetry, and warm colors to create radial sun designs. The lesson maintains the whimsical artistic quality of wax resist watercolor while allowing students to demonstrate their basic understanding of symmetry as they work from the center outward with their designs.
Use this art lesson alongside a unit on space, the solar system, or other sun-related lessons. Couple it with a read aloud of a favorite book about the sun, and intersperse fun facts about the sun into the lesson, as desired.
Design a Sun is bundled with three other lessons in Four Quick Art Lessons.
This lesson resource includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- national visual arts standards information
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- a suggested read-aloud book
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing and science extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Included with the lesson is a ‘draw and write’ art reflection worksheet with prompts that help students reflect on the overall quality of their art work and their use of symmetry.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this 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.
Related art lessons:
Five Super Easy Art Lessons.
Start With Art
Resources to support art integration:
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
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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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