Introduce radial symmetry with this poetry-integrated art lesson. Students focus on shape and line as elements of art as they create a collage using repeated geometric shapes
and other shapes to create a sunflake design.
This a simple lesson can be used as a stand-alone collage activity, or it can be combined with a lesson on snowflakes and extended with poetry writing and making comparisons.
Sunflakes is bundled with two other lessons in Art With Symmetry
This art lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestion for related read aloud
- suggestions for working with poetry
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included with this lesson is a graphic organizer worksheet for comparing snowflakes to sunflakes, and an art reflection worksheet designed to help students assess their use of symmetry.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson and in the preview.
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.
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A short description of this lesson is included in my GeomARTry
art activity resource.
Related art lessons:
Art With Patterns
For 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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