Symmetrical leaves

Van Gogh's favorite season
The colors of autumn will never cease to inspire artists. With the warm crisp leaves and cool winter wind creeping in... it sure is a great way to review warm and cool colors. This lesson utilizes printmaking and integrates the math concept of symmetry as an element of design! 

Our first day, we reviewed warm colors and how to make a print with a leaf, thinking about symmetry with our arrangement.

The following day, I set up stations: one to finish printing and one to begin backgrounds. We embellished our backgrounds with oil pastels, using line to create pattern. Then we reviewed cool colors, and painted our background with those. This project took a total of three 40 minute periods to complete.

Here are just a few finished examples. Absolutely beautiful.

This project certainly brightened up our front lobby! 


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