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Radial Reductive Prints


5th graders completed their radial reductive prints. We began this lesson by looking at things with radial symmetry (wheels, flowers, pizza, even Tibetan Mandalas.) We viewed several examples of radial symmetry in artwork by contemporary artists and noticed that repetition creates unity. Then, we watched this very strange video with some cool examples of radial symmetry. Students were inspired to create their own designs in a “pie piece” which was traced on to a styrofoam circle 4 times.


Next, students printed their design onto construction paper. Then they cut out pieces from their “plate” and chose a different color to print again, creating a reductive print. The prints turned out quite beautiful and will look great hanging in the hallway.

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With 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders finished with printing now we can move into our sculpture/3D units.


K: Winter Mittens
1st: Clay Pinchpot Fish
2nd: Snowbird Collages
3rd: Painted Paper Chameleons
4th: Egyptian Pyramids
5th: Artist Research Cubes



Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

3 thoughts on “Radial Reductive Prints

  1. These are some of my favorite things to look at – I’m all about aesthetically pleasing colors + symmetry (sort of).
    The colors utilized truly are wonderful for this project. 🙂
    Instead of winter mittens, you should have them make kitten mittens! 😉

  2. Hahaha KITTEN MITTENS! Is your cat making too much noise???
    Glad you enjoy the prints, they are even more beautiful in real life!

  3. Pingback: Radial Name Prints | Art With Ms. K

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