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Name Spinners


We were working on line, shape and symmetry and sometimes making art move (kinetic art) is just fun. For this one, we used donated cardstock. Students fold the short edge of the paper to meet the long edge then cut the paper to make a square. They folded again diagonally so that they had four quadrants. Of course, I did point out that dividing our paper into fourths was a math skill.

They drew their names in a stylized fashion and added color. When they finished, we put them on a pencil top with a push pin so they would spin. Here they are in motion

By making them square, it was easy to find center with the diagonal folds.

I think this note summed up what the students thought of this project.

Persian Tile


I try to bring in lessons that celebrate some of the many cultures we have here in our community.


For this lesson, we looked at Persian tiles and talked a bit about the history.


I told the students they could imitate the tiles we looked at or they could be the tile designer and do their own thing.


Students could make their images symmetrical or not. They used oil pastel and permanent marker.



Mittens and Snowflakes


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This lesson was done with Kindergarten and First Grade. I love printing with different objects and I love simple lessons that look good. I think this achieves both.

Students began by tracing around their hand to create a mitten shape. They cut out the mitten and then decorate with patterns and line. The mitten is then glued onto the bottom part of the paper. We used 4 1/2 x12 black paper.

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We also read the book Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and talked about snowflakes and symmetry. There is a great website about Wilson Bentley that tells more about him and has images of the snowflakes he photographed.

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After they finish the mitten and glue it down, they use white paint to print with. The printing tools were things I grabbed from my cupboard-pattern blocks, forks, bottle caps, applesauce squeeze pouch lids, whatever I saw that might make a good print.

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King and Queen of Hearts



Students learned about the history of the playing card and looked at historic examples of playing cards. We talked about what they noticed in the cards-pattern, line, symmetry and shape. They drew an image of themselves as a king or queen of hearts-a perfect lesson to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A similar project can be seen in the Arts Attack program for grade 5.

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The challenging part was explaining how to create a symmetrical, upside down copy of the art.  Students first folded their paper in half and drew a king or a queen. To draw the other half, they folded the paper over their finished image and then lifted the paper enough to see the first drawing-then they were able to see where to draw the next lines.


Once they finished their drawings, they painted with tempera paint. I love how very different they all are. Each child interpreting pattern, line, harmony and balance in their own ways.


This student came in late and was only able to complete half which was totally fine with me. Look at all that detail!