This unit combines art with science to create a 3-D decorative mobile featuring the life cycle of the butterfly. Students experience how a scientific drawing is made by creating observational drawings from photographs of butterflies, using symmetry. The mobile top features the life cycle of the butterfly. Students also learn the concept of balance when they construct the mobile, balancing the weight of the pieces on either side.
Students get to experience a variety of artistic processes in this unit, including drawing, painting, and sculptural construction.
Each lesson within this unit includes a guide for preparation of materials, how to demonstrate each step, and tips for work time with the students. In addition, there is a picture sample of each step, and overview of the lessons for pacing. A printable assessment is included.