Radial Letters: Drawing Lessons for Kids: KinderArt ® Elementary School Art Education
Written by: Amy Woods [Amy is a teacher at Prescott Central Middle School in Cookeville, TN USA]
Students will learn about radial design with this interesting art lesson.
To introduce radial balance.
Radial: Developing symmetrically about a central point; A radial part, such as a ray, spoke, or radius.
- The American Heritage Dictionary
What You Need:
- 9" x 9" black (or preferred color) construction paper
- stick-on letters
- pictures or samples of radial designs
What You Do:
Discuss the meaning of "radius" with the students. Explain that a radial design is one that is on the radius of a circle and that radial symmetry means that the design is symmetrical no matter which way you turn it.
Show examples of radial designs in art and in their environment.
- Fold the paper in half diagonally two times, then again in half up and down--a total of 4 folds.
- Open it up. The fold lines will serve as guidelines for creating your design.
- Make a design using the letter stickers. You can use the letters as they are or you can cut them into other shapes. Whatever you do to one section of your design, you need to do to the other 4 sections, so that your design will look the same no matter which direction you turn it---make sure you have enough stickers before you start applying them. Continue adding stickers until you have filled in a circular area with design. Make the circle as large as you can on the paper.
Hex Signs - A nice example of radial designs
Radial Design in Crayon & Marker
Radial Design Mandala - Another Lesson Plan
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