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Radial Balance/Geometric Shapes Lesson Plan
Grade 6

Standards – ODE 2012 Visual Art

Enduring Understandings: Critical & Creative Thinking: Students combine and apply artistic and reasoning skills to imagine, create, realize and refine artworks in conventional and innovative ways.

Progress Point D: Develop and use criteria for making judgments about artworks and visual imagery and use descriptive language when talking and writing about works of art.

Content Statements- Cognitive and Creative Learning Processes: 5PE Use observations, life experiences and imagination as sources for visual symbols, images and creative expression. Experiment with a variety of techniques and working methods when creating an original work of art. 1PR Demonstrate technical skill and craftsmanship in the use of materials, tools and technology to solve an artistic problem. 3PR Generate ideas and engage in thoughtful planning when solving a visual art problem. 2PR Experiment with a variety of techniques and working methods when creating an original work of art. 2RE Describe content, meaning and design in various works of art using accurate, descriptive language and art-specific vocabulary.

Key Words: Sketch, Radial, Symmetry, Shape, unity, composition, outline

LEARNING TARGETS: I can create symmetry by folding and tracing a geometric shape. I can create radial symmetry by folding and repeating geometric shapes around a circular shape. I can create unity in my artwork by repeating colors and/or shapes. I can make the shapes in my artwork stand out by giving them an outline. By carefully planning and arranging the shapes in my artwork, I can create a composition.

Materials: Samples of completed Radial Balance Geometric Shape drawings, Circle tracers (coffee can lids, buckets), 12”x18” white drawing paper, #2 drawing pencils for sketching, erasers, Ebony drawing pencils for transferring image, large paper clips for transferring image, fine sharpies for outlining image, and a variety of colored pencils for coloring in images.

Goal: Students will create a radially balanced design using simple geometric shapes. Good craft will be emphasized.

The Student will:

  • Demonstrate and utilize a prior knowledge of symmetry.
  • Use a ruler to create lines.
  • Create a kaleidoscope image by transferring a design
  • Demonstrate good craft by drafting solid shapes
  • Demonstrate good craft by rendering carefully with colored pencil and outlining with marker.

Procedure: (Demonstrate and model procedure and behaviors as necessary)

  1. Review concept of symmetry and its use in art (Stained Glass/Other visuals)
  2. Students are to trace and then cut out a 12” (approx) circle
  3. Fold circle into eighths. Stress accuracy.
  4. Into ONE slice of this “Pie”, create a simple geometric design using a ruler, in #2 pencil.
  5. Every line must be drawn with a ruler for a crisp look!
  6. When they finish ruling the first “slice”, they fold it over onto another “slice” and rub the back with the rounded paper clip end. (COLLECT PAPER CLIPS AT END OF CLASS, PLEASE!)
  7. Next, go over the newly transferred lines with a ruler to make them crisp and dark on the new section.
  8. Fold the two completed sections over and rub the back of those two sections with the rounded end of a paper clip to transfer those two sections onto new areas of the circle, and repeat the process until the paper is full.
  9. Clean up all pencil lines with an eraser.
  10. Choose a color theme and begin coloring with GOOD QUALITY (solid) color pencil coloring.
  11. Outline with fine-line Sharpie marker.
  12. [Extension/ extra credit: If students finish early they may create a new Radial Design. Worth 25 extra credit points.]
  13. Post rubric (Below) during entire project:

Grading Requirements for Radial Balance Geometric Shapes:

  1. Paper is folded into eights and design is transferred into all eight spaces -10
  2. Design uses majority of circle -10
  3. Name, Homeroom, and class period is included on the back of the paper -10
  4. Ruler is used to create the design -10
  5. Colored pencil is used to enhance the design - 10
  6. Black marker is used to neatly outline the design - 10
  7. Student demonstrates an understanding of symmetry 20
  8. Student demonstrates an understanding of Radial Balance - 20
  9. Craftsmanship - 10
  10. Creativity - 10

Total -120

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