Forwards & Backwards: Mirror-Image Geometry

Why

Create a bright "master" design with geometric shapes. Use it to make amazing reverse-symmetrical drawings and mirror images!


Steps

1. Fold paper in half and open it up. Cover your art area with newspaper. Fill half of your paper with color using Crayola Slick Stix™ super-smooth crayons. Place colors in either geometric or organic shapes. Cover all of the white space, up to the edges and the crease.


2. Refold the paper. Remove the newspaper so you can work on a hard surface to draw half of a picture. You MUST begin AND end your outline shape on the fold. The first time you try this, choose a simple shape, such as a butterfly or half an apple.


3. Press hard with Crayola Colored Pencils to outline your shape. Begin at the folded edge and end on the fold. Make your lines thick. Add lots of details inside your outline.


4. Open up the paper. Inside you’ll find a complete image! Half of your background is colored and half is white! This kind of drawing, which has two halves exactly the same (but reversed), is called symmetrical.


5. Glue your drawing on a large piece of construction paper to be your frame.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adaptations

  • Color a whole piece of paper and then place another piece of paper (the same size) on top of it. The Slick Stix "master" paper can be re-used for several drawings, and even "re-charged" by coloring over the pale spots, and used again.
  • Explore the fraction concepts of half and whole with this technique. Can you figure out how to write words using this technique? Try it!
  • Assessment: Success is measured by the completeness of the object being drawn. Greater attention to detail will also show more advanced understanding of the concept.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
  • Construction Paper
  • Sketchbook
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Math
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students explore the mathematical concept of symmetry in a visual arts project.

  • Students recognize what parts of an object need to be represented as half to end up with a complete drawing.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards