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Art at Home 9

Week 9 Theme (18.05.20): Symmetry

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Day 1: Symmetry Painting

Visit this website to see what we are making today: Click here 

Required items:

  • White paper
  • Pencils
  • paints
  • paint brushes
  • paper towels
  • water pots

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating a symmetry painting! Print off a picture you like that has a line of symmetry or fold your paper in half and draw half of a picture. Fill in the picture with LOTS of paint. Paint as quick as you can! When you’re happy with the one half you’ve done, carefully fold it over on the middle line. Press down on the painted side so it sticks to the blank side. When you’re sure it’s ready, unfold your painting! It should look the exact same on both sides.

Links to other subjects:

Maths. Discuss what symmetry is and look for objects around your house that are symmetrical.

Extra activities:

How to turn letters into animals – just do some!  (paper and colours to fill in):  Click here

Day 2: Positive and Negative Space

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Required items:

  • 2 different coloured pieces of A4 paper
  • Glue/tape
  • scissors

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating a picture that uses positive and negative space. Cut one of your pieces of paper in half and set the other half aside. On the half you kept, draw a picture that you can cut out. Keep the pieces you cut out – you need them! Take the piece of paper you drew and cut out from and stick in onto the other full A4 piece of paper. Take the pieces you cut out and create a mirror image of the cut piece on the other side of the A4 paper. It sounds complicated, but if you look at the pictures, it will really help!

Links to other subjects:

Art. Discuss positive and negative space.

Extra activities:

How to turn letters into animals – just do some!  (paper and colours to fill in): Click here

Day 3: Radial Symmetry

Visit this website to see what we are making today: Click here 

Visit this website to download a template: Click here 

Required items:

  • White A4 paper
  • Black felt tip
  • Colouring tools of choice

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating a radial drawing! Download the template or start by drawing a circle and splitting it up into 8 equal pieces. Draw a design into one of the 8 pieces and try to copy it EXACTLY into the other 7 pieces so it is completely symmetrical. Colour it in!

Links to other subjects:

Maths. Discuss patterns and look for patterns around you.

Extra activities:

How to turn letters into animals – just do some!  (paper and colours to fill in): Click here

Day 4: Grid Paper Symmetry

Visit this website to see what we’re making today: Click here 

Visit this website to download grid paper: Click here 

Required items:

  • Grid paper
  • Pencil
  • Colouring tools of choice

What you’re doing:

Today, you will use grid paper to create a symmetrical drawing. You can download a half-drawn picture from the first link or you can create your own symmetrical piece using grid paper. Draw a line down the middle and complete one side before trying to replicate it on the other side.

Links to other subjects:

Art. Try to use colours to evoke a feeling! Think warm/cool and happy/sad colours. You could do one side with cool colours and one side with warm colours. Look at opposites on the colour wheel!

Extra activities:

How to turn letters into animals – just do some!  (paper and colours to fill in):  Click here

Day 5: Landscape Symmetry

Visit this website to see what we’re making today: Click here 

Required items:

  • White A4 Paper
  • Felt tips
  • pencil

What you’re doing:

Today, you will create a symmetrical landscape drawing! Draw a straight or squiggly line through the middle of your page. Above the line, draw the landscape how we would normally see it. Either flip the page around or leave it as is for a challenge and draw the landscape reflected onto the space below the line. Try to make both sides identical! Colour it in. The landscape could be anything: the beach, city, mountain, forest – the choice is yours!

Links to other subjects:

Art. Discuss contrasting colours and try to use those in the reflected piece.

Extra activities:

How to turn letters into animals – just do some!  (paper and colours to fill in): Click here

Have a lovely Half Term break!