PROJECT LENGTH: 5 days (with hour-long class periods)
DESCRIPTION: This is a fantastic arts integration lesson! I recently shared this with our 10th grade geometry teacher and he and his students loved it! Students learn about the 3 main types of symmetry: Reflection Symmetry, Radial Symmetry and Translation Symmetry. Students also learn about the history of the mosaic art form and discuss the use of pattern and symmetry in artworks. Review of organic and geometric shapes is included. Students use their knowledge of shape, symmetry, and measurement to create mosaic drawings with balance, unity, pattern and variety.
1. Powerpoint which includes:
a.) Step by step project instructions with photographs of each step.
b.) Student exemplars and discussion questions.
c.) Ms. Cook's exemplar
d.) Brief history of the mosaic art form
e.) Notes on reflection, radial and translation symmetry.
f.) Warm Ups
g.) Exit Tickets
h.) Review of organic and geometric shapes.
2. Refection symmetry worksheet where students draw the lines of symmetry on the provided shapes.
3. Guided notes worksheet on reflection, radial and translation symmetry.
4. Brainstorming worksheet.
MATERIALS NEEDED (per project):
9” x 9” drawing paper
Markers or colored pencils
- Students will be formatively assessed on their knowledge of shape, measurement, symmetry and pattern while creating their mosaic drawings.
- Warm Up and Exit Ticket questions.
- Discussion questions about student exemplars and how symmetry is used in student and professional artworks.
*This compressed file includes Powerpoint, Word (.doc) and PDF versions of this resource.