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Radial Symmetric Marker Prints (4th)

This past week my 4th graders have been working on some radial printmaking. To begin the project, we started by reviewing a PowerPoint which goes over the three basic types of symmetry; linear or bilateral symmetry, radial symmetry, and asymmetry. In the beginning of the year my 4th graders made mandalas, so they were already very familiar with radial symmetry and design.
After the PowerPoint I gave each of my students a half-sheet of grid paper with a few 2”x2” squares blocked out (the same size as the stamp). I explained that students would be creating a stamp, that when rotated around its access and stamped 4 times, would create a radial symmetric design. Because the stamp would be rotated, it was important that lines that started at a particular side ended at the same position on the adjacent side. So for example if I drew a line that started at the first mark on the y-axis, it would need to end at the first mark on the x-axis. Students were asked to create a few different design ideas and then pick their favorite from the ones they drew. After selecting their final design, students transferred their design onto a piece of 2”x2” Styrofoam with a dull pencil. It’s imperative that the pencil is dull so that the Styrofoam doesn’t tear. 

Radial Printmaking (4th)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this project - AND so do the kids! :)
We begin by talking about what a mandala is, how it has radial symmetry, and even watch an amazing video clip I found on YouTube of some Tibetan monks creating one with sand (the video clip is a must - it puts the kids in awe).
I tell the kids that the radial symmetry found in the mandala will be the inspiration for our very own printmaking project! Then we look at an amazingly awesome PowerPoint I put together to show students how to properly create their printmaking plates so that when rotated and printed, it will create a print which shows radial symmetry.
After viewing the PowerPoint, each student gets a piece of graph paper which has 3- 2"x2" areas blocked out (this is the size of the Styrofoam printmaking plate they will make). I leave 3 blank squares so that they can make a couple sketches for their plate and choose their favorite. Students are instructed to pick a corner which they will design around. Then they begin adding lines and shapes to their paper. I explain that any line that they start at an edge must connect to the adjacent edge at the same distance from the corner they are working towards (I know this sounds confusing - which is why I rely on the PowerPoint and the grid to visually show students).
Once students select their favorite sketch, I give them a piece of 2"x2" Styrofoam which they place over their favorite sketch. Then using a dull pencil, students trace their design onto their Styrofoam. Using a sharpie marker, students gently write their name on the back of their stamp when done, and attach an opened paperclip to the back with a piece of tape (to create a handle).

Color Mixing Turtles (K)

I'm going to go ahead and start by saying that kindergarten is seriously the hardest grade-level for me to plan lessons for - so thank goodness for Pinterest, Instagram, and my fellow art educators!
Seriously... how were art teachers able to do it all before social media? :)

Evergreen Tree Weaving

Before I begin I just want to say thank you so much to @adventures_in_teaching_art for the project idea. I was flipping through Instagram the other day and saw it and fell in love!
This is my take on the weaving project.

List of Materials
Tempera Paint (for background)
Yarn (dark green, brown, and black)
Plastic Yarn Needles
Optional: Beads (for ornaments)
Optional: Pipe Cleaner (for star)

First have your students paint a background onto their chinet plate. You could have them keep it simple or use this as an opportunity to talk about foreground, middle-ground, background and atmospheric perspective!
Once their plates are dry, have them make a series of cuts into their plates. Two at the top (about 3/4" apart) and 10 at the bottom (about the same distance apart).
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