Fourth graders loved creating Notans. I titled this blog post “Version 2.0” because I did this lesson a while back with art club kids but decided to change it up a bit this time around.
We began with a PowerPoint jam-packed with info. We discussed Japan (geography and culture) and vocabulary like symmetry, positive and negative space, and shapes.
Students created a stained glass design for their background with tissue paper and “glue goo” which is just glue and water mixed together.
The next week, each student got a black construction paper square. This step is the most difficult part of the project and every time I teach this, the struggle is real. That is until one brilliant kid came up with the X method. Check it out:
This made it SOOOO much easier and the kids were able to create symmetrical shapes without everything getting all jumbled up! They had a choice if they wanted their designs to have variety or unity of shapes. Both look great!
The next week, students finished gluing down all the pieces of their designs and added fund doodles with silver and black sharpies. This project was so successful and fun. I also love the cross-curricular element with symmetrical shapes, I know this will support the learning that 4th graders are doing in math. 🙂
Great job 4th graders! Next we will continue our cross-curricular journey with a science based solar system collage!
❤ Mrs. K