Drawing the U.S. Capitol Building using Symmetry- C3W2 Lesson Plan


A lesson plan for learning about symmetry and gaining practice drawing a symmetrical American landmark, The U.S. Capitol Building.


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:
    • symmetry
    • 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.

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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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