For this lesson, I read a book about butterflies. I then talked about symmetry. Next, I showed them how to draw a butterfly. Then we painted them warm colors (we used a thick, glossy paper that made the paint smear so limiting them to warm colors helped to prevent them from muddling them together and making brown). Lastly, we painted the body of our butterflies and outlined their wings with black paint. They then could add some black designs on the inside of their wings, but the designs needed to be symmetrical. Because I was subbing, I didn't get to finish the project. The students will cut out their butterflies. They are then going to go back in and add white polka dots using Q-tips and paint, as well as possibly adding some patterns using cray-pas.
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA Membership Chair.