These snowflake designs integrate the math principal of radial symmetry with art skills such as printmaking and painting!
Learn about radial symmetry
Radial symmetry is when an object has symmetry (is the same) around a central axis. When you rotate an object with radial symmetry, it looks the same all the way around. Can you think of some things from nature that have radial symmetry? (starfish, types of flowers, the inside of an orange or other fruits and vegetables, snowflakes) What about some things that are man-made? (wheels, tires, gears)
Ages: 3 and up
Objective: Radial Design, Symmetry, Printmaking
Use pattern blocks or things around your home to create radial designs.
Look through a kaleidoscope at radial designs.
What you need
- 3 different colors of construction paper in 3 different square sizes
- Tempera or Acrylic Paint in white, blue, sky blue
- Cardboard scraps
- Circular objects, such as corks or marker caps
- Start with your smallest piece of square construction paper and glue it in the center of a medium size square in a different color.
- Glue the medium square in the center of a large square of a different color.
- Create your snowflake! Real snowflakes have 6 sides, but in art not everything is realistic. Some of the snowflakes we created have 8 sides; that is OK, because they are still symmetrical.
Dip the edge of a cardboard scrap into white paint. Press the edge of the cardboard down the center of the smallest square of paper. Repeat while crossing your center line to make a snowflake shape.
- Add lines to your snowflake by using a paintbrush. You can use diagonal or horizontal lines on each side of your snowflake. You can even use a circular stamp (cork, marker lid, etc.) to add a circle on each side of the snowflake. Just make sure you add the same lines or circles on each side to keep it symmetrical.
- Use blue and/or sky blue to add lines and designs onto the borders you created with the medium and large squares.