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Melted Crayon Art- Lesson Plan Submitted by: Teri Schlotman
Elementary art teacher at Villa Madonna Academy, Kentucky.
This is a good early project in symmetry. Following a description and illustrations of symmetry and asymmetry, Tell them they are going to create a symmetrical picture of an object.
Hand out the paper to each student. Tell them to fold paper in half so that there are two equal halves of the paper. Tell the kids to draw a picture on one half of the page (like half a butterfly, etc.). Make it clear they are only drawing half the object and it should end at the fold.
Then have then go over (pressing as hard as they can) the outline of the picture with black crayon. Then you as the teacher, must take a warm iron, and folding the paper again, press iron on paper. This melts their drawing to the other side of the paper making an exact copy of what they have drawn. Trace over the "print" with a black crayon. I then have the kids paint their drawings with water color. So, enjoy this project on symmetry!
See a similar lesson on IAD here.
NOTE: If students do the ironing, make sure they put have something under their picture because the liquid crayon will be hot and might get on themselves and the table. Also have a paper between the picture and the iron.
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Video on Demand
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