This week we created symmetrical art with leaves instead of repeating our regular form drawing.
Our form drawing lessons have been all about creating symmetrical shapes recently, where I draw one side and D,9, reproduces it as closely as he can. One day he was bouncing along on our nature walk and talking a mile a minute as usual and it struck us: why not take home some leaves and try for symmetrical art with nature?!
M,15, and K, 24, joined in since they were out walking with us anyway, but have asked me not to share their final images since neither was pleased with how they turned out (I thought they looked great, but I understand how frustrating it is when it doesn’t come out the way you’d pictured it!).
We each chose a different leaf that we thought would be interesting to explore further. When we got home, we cut them in half with scissors and glued half the leaf into our nature study journals. We used the stem side rather than trying to cut the stem in half evenly.
I encouraged them to observe closely as we do when we’re doing our regular nature study.
D,9, has been resistant to this but that particular day he got right into it and spent a good half hour really trying to create and refine his image.
He even wanted to color it in, and probably spent another 15 minutes just trying to find exactly the right color match before he declared himself satisfied. I think his final symmetrical art creation really shows the effort put in. I joined in because I wanted an excuse to play with a new tray of watercolor paints we’d bought.
Our two final creations:
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