This project is a little twist on last year’s 5th grade printmaking project.We started off looking at radial symmetry in nature and art (stained glass windows, Tibetan sand art, contemporary artists, etc.) Students were amused by this weird little video:
They sketched out an idea for a design using a word. It could be anything: their name, a friend’s name, their favorite band/game/food/etc. They added lines and shapes to make it abstract and transferred the design onto a peice of foam.
The printing process was really simple, students could go to the printing station if there was an open spot and print their design on a piece of newsprint.
While some students printed, others worked on an op-art hand. (Click the link for step-by-step directions) This activity was a great way to keep students engaged and focused.
The next step was to cut out the quarter circles and glue them onto a piece of construction paper to form a circle. Markers were used to add details and create a unified design. They came out pretty cool!