Dia de los Muertos Symmetry Skull
Mexico is the next leg on our trip around the art world. We discuss folk art that's made in preparation for Dia de los Muertos, as well as the monarch butterflies that migrate to Mexico around this time of year. Using butterflies as an example of symmetry, students cut out the shape of a skull and on one half write their first name using large letters. Next, they trace it on the other side of their skull using a window or light box. The new shapes are then filled with large Zentangle inspired patterns, but not using a light box. The point is to make the brain draw the same pattern but on the opposite side. This is a great lesson in symmetry and design making for third, fourth and fifth graders.