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Beautiful Butterflies I f students have spring fever, bring the outdoors into the classroom with this colorful tooling project! This project develops students’ visual perception through studying nature and allows individual creativity to blossom. Each student work will be as different as their own fingerprints! The combination of using characteristics from nature, as well as encouraging creative self-expression, expands students’ understanding and appreciation of art. They will also love using materials with more durability than paper. Many students have given these as gifts, and tell me several years later that their work remains on display! I believe the National Standards don’t emphasize one of the most important aspects of the arts: creative expression. A quality art lesson and curriculum should always provide ways for students to communicate their ideas and feelings. It comes very naturally for children; how can one help but to allow their use of line, shape and color to express what words cannot say? MOTIVaTION Display butterfly photographs for students to view. Guide your students in a discussion of characteristics of the wings: each appears Kenna 34 march 2013 • 80 years > to have two parts, are symmetrical and are patterned in organic shapes. DraW syMMeTrICaLLy Have students fold a sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper in half. They will create only half of a butterfly against the fold, using characteristics from nature and their imagination. Be certain they draw half the insect’s body along the edge of the fold, so the butterfly will not be split into two pieces by a gap! Encourage them to draw large enough to fill the space. Once this is complete, ask them to hold their folded paper up to a window or a light box to trace on the blank side, transferring the original drawing. When the paper is unfolded, an intact butterfly will emerge! As long as the second side is traced and not just redrawn, this method ensures a perfectly symmetrical picture. Next, students center their drawings on 10" x 12" sheets of aluminum tooling foil, fasten them together with masking tape. A cushion of newspapers is placed beneath the foil and, as a test, students trace a small line segment of the drawing. They should flip the foil over to check that the metal is indenting and add more cushioning or rearrange it if necessary. The tracing continues until the entire drawing is transferred to the metal. CreaTIVe COLOr Students then remove Jessica adrienne > the paper from the metal and, may use it to try out color combinations before x

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