Thanks for all the great ideas!!
The lesson went well but I went over time (hard to stay to 15 min.)
I related art & nature to Balance, had the kids tell me what balance was then
related it to activities they may be involved in (sports.........)
Had them explain to me why balance was important to the activity and
discussed counterbalance and how we get an uneasy feeling when we are not balanced.
I then related it to What is art? and used some everyday objects as examples
(chair, clothing.....) I made a shirt by sewing together two different shirts
for an example of not balanced and the one I wore was symmetrically balanced
so I had them compare the two. (comparing what something IS and what it is NOT
is supposed to be a powerful learning tool)
I then related it to What is fine art? and showed them an example of each
kind (symmetrical, asymmetrical & radial) using slides.
The students responded to all my questions perfectly, I kept them engaged
during the whole lesson.
I ended with a quick group activity each group looked around the room and in
2 min. tried to find all the symmetrical, asymmetrical & radial things they
could. They recorded their answers on a handout I gave them. (to check for