Symmetrical Owl


This project fulfilled all my criteria for a successful lesson today: it was seasonal, a visual art standard (symmetry) was covered, and it really peaked all the student’s interest.
1. To make a pattern, students use an 8.5" x 11" sheet of old newsprint and fold it in half the long way. They draw the outline of a simple owl as shown, making sure the center was on the fold of the paper. With the paper still folded, they cut the owl out.
2. The newsprint owl is centered on a sheet of 9" x 12" sheet of black paper and traced around the edge with a pencil. The rest of the owl is drawn, starting with the brow lines, then the centered diamond beak, then the eyes and then wings. The goal was to have the owl drawn as symmetrically as possible.
3. When the drawing was complete, the students traced the pencil with a black oil pastel. To color the owl, I asked that they use realistic colors (brown, white or gray).
4. After the owl was thoroughly colored (no paper showing) students cut out their owls. One teacher opted to tape groups of them to long ribbons so they could hang in her room – lots of possibilities for decorating.

CA Visual Art Standard: Grade Two, Creative Expression
2.5 Use bilateral or radial symmetry to create visual balance.
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