Symmetry is an important concept and vocabulary word for all ages. Not only from a practical standpoint, but it’s tested for on the ODE assessments.
The project is pretty simple on the surface. I want the students to experience and understand symmetry by cutting out various images, in this case, a bat. Most of my young students also need quite a bit more practice with cutting and pasting and general motor skills, so this fits right in with my over all goals.
The ODE standard(s) that would apply would be:
Explore and experiment with a range of art materials and tools to
create and communicate personal meaning.
Describe their artworks and efforts and share their art making processes.
Show confidence and pride in their artistic accomplishments.
Procedurally, The students fold the paper in half, draw and/or trace half of the bat shape, then cut it out. This is easier said than done.
The vocabulary words I’m mentioning, and associated concepts I’m working on, in class, are: edge, middle, center, frame, folder, balance, orderly, mandala, symmetry, same, and equal. I’m not saying all the younger children will remember them, but we are all trying.
This is a great example for a couple of reasons. First she drew, cut, and pasted with no problem. The other reason is, without prompting from myself, she demonstrated her knowledge about a previous lesson(s) that covered the concepts/vocabulary words of frame, border, and edge. The joy and pride in her face at accomplishing something is absolutely contagious. I couldn’t be more pleased.
The next few are some more mandalas. Still symmetry. I thrash quite a bit with mandalas. Symmetry, repeated designs, orderly, cutting, pasting, some paint, and lots of other skills and subject areas can be brought in to the discussion.
This is a great piece! carefully ordered design, carefully glued in pieces of paper, a crayoned border on the outside edge, and another border of dots created with a pencil eraser and paint. Finished and done in 45 minutes!
Same general plan as above, just a slightly different interpretation. Great stuff!
All of the above is done in the art room, at Believe to Achieve Academy in Canton, Ohio. The principal is Ms. L. Henry, the art teacher is Mr. Tayse.