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.
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 Sunflakes and Snowflakes, a graphic organizer worksheet
for comparing snowflakes to sunflakes.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
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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Sunflakes is bundled
with two other lessons in Art With Symmetry.
A short description of the lesson is also included in GeomARTry.
Related art lessons you might enjoy:
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
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. 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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