I love to draw, and it seems my children have inherited that love. All three of them can spend hours doodling and recreating whatever fantasy worlds they’ve spun in their imaginations. They also love to copy their favorite characters and objects, but often end up frustrated because their drawing looks nothing like the original. I tell them every artist has his or her own style, but there’s always room for improvement. The key is lots of practice, and a knowledge of concepts such as perspective, light, proportion, and symmetry.
Terms like shading, vanishing points, and horizon lines may be too complex for beginning artists, but even young children can understand basic symmetry. An object displays the simplest type of symmetry — reflection symmetry — when one half of the object is the mirror image of the other half. The line that separates the two halves is called the line of symmetry.
Here are 3 fun fall drawing ideas for kids that help explore the concept of symmetry while building their drawing skills. Start with the easiest one, then move on to more challenging projects!
Spiders are great examples of symmetry; there are four legs on each half of a spider’s body! Get started on your Halloween home decor with this spooky spider collage:
Most leaves are naturally symmetrical; when a leaf is split down its stem, the right and left halves of the leaf are mirror images of each other. The next time you go for a walk with your child, gather a few leaves and try to identify which leaves are most symmetrical. Then pick a favorite leaf or two for this fall leaf collage:
School portraits are part of our annual fall rituals. Why not combine a new school photo with a symmetry drawing challenge to capture both how your child looks and how well he draws?
Add more symmetry to your day with this Bedtime Math problem.
Images courtesy of Ana Picazo