Drawing Leaves Using Symmetry- Lesson Plan


Draw leaves while learning about symmetry, balance, and the science of plant identification.

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This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn about the science of plant identification while learning about Balance, one of the Principles of Design, and a type of balance: symmetry. Students will draw several different types of leaves, some with symmetry and some without.  This art projects can be done with just paper and pencil. Then, if time allows, students can add color.

This project works great for the Classical Conversations week 2, 30-minute art project.

This 9-page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A simple explanation of symmetry and balance.
  • A condensed explanation of the science of plant identification and the features scientists look for when using leaves to identify plants
  • 3 leaf charts showing
    • Simple and Compound Leaf Examples
    • Leaf Arrangement Examples
    • Parts of a Leaf
  • Step-by-step guide for how to easily draw a maple leaf and an oak leaf
  • The “Principles of Design” poster
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • Simple art project instructions
  • Materials list
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors and teachers can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

This item is also available, at a discount, within the Science Meets Art Drawing Package which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 2 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

We talked all about this lesson plan in the blog/podcast episode: #50 Balance, Symmetry, and Leaves

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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