This lesson plan is designed to teach students about the concept of symmetry and give them practice drawing with symmetry. We’ll do some warm up exercises and then a fun drawing project of the U.S. Capitol Building. This lesson works well for Classical Conversation’s Cycle 3, Week 2 (C3W2) fine arts lesson on mirror drawing.
This 8 page lesson plan includes:
- A script explaining:
- how symmetry is used in many subjects
- how symmetry is used to create balance in Art (using The Last Supper as an example)
- where and what the U.S. Capitol Building is and when it was built
- Vocabulary words and definitions
- A printable copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper
- Detailed Art Project instructions
- Symmetry warm-up exercise with three American landmarks (The Golden Gate Bridge, The Gateway Arch and the U.S. Capitol building)
- Materials list
- Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
- 3 Line drawings of the U.S. Capitol Building (west facing side), each a different level of detail
This lesson is also available at a discount in the “All American Drawing Package” which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 3 Classical Conversations Foundations community.
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For more info and some extra photos, check out the blog post “Drawing the U.S. Capitol Building using Symmetry.”