CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art

Students explore the idea of four seasons by creating a radial design on fabric using fabric markers and crayons.

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 4 to Grade 6

Subject

Mathematics
Science
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

balance contrast mandala radial pattern repetition symmetry

Materials

Fabric Markers Onion Skin Tracing Paper Bristol Board 30 cm x 30 cm (12"x 12") Masking Tape Polyester Fabric 25cm x 25cm (10"x10") Yarn or Ribbon Shish kebab Skewers Scissors Glue Stick Super Sparkle Glitter Glue Iron

Steps

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step One

Step One

Use the template to trace a circle on the tracing paper.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Two

Step Two

Cut out the circle.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Three

Step Three

Fold the circle in half, then in quarters. 

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Four

Step Four

Open the circle and cut along one of the folds. Stop at the centre.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Five

Step Five

Draw on the 1/4 pie section bordered by this cut. Break up the space with a variety of shapes. Fold this section under the  paper and copy the design onto the next 1/4 pie section. 

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Six

Step Six

Fold the 1/2 pie section under and copy it onto the other half of the paper to complete the entire circle.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Seven

Step Seven

You may want to outline the design in marker to make it easier to see. Tape the circle design to a piece of bristol board using clear tape. 

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Eight

Step Eight

Place the fabric on top of the design. Tape all 4 sides of the fabric to the bristol board using masking tape. Use Crayola fabric markers and/or Crayola fabric crayons to colour directly onto the fabric. Press hard with the crayons for maximum intensity, and gently brush the crayon chips away with a soft tissue. 

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Nine

Step Nine

When you have finished colouring your design remove the tape from the fabric.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Ten

Step Ten

Place several blank sheets of white paper over layers of newspaper to make an ironing pad. Remove the fabric from the bristol board. Place fabric with the drawing side up onto the ironing pad. Place a blank piece of newsprint on top of the fabric. 

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

Set the iron to ‘cotton’. Gently run the iron back and forth over the paper until the entire design is set (about 30 seconds). Remove the paper. 

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

Fold under the top edge of the fabric. Place the newsprint on top of the fold and iron it flat. 

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Thirteen

Step Thirteen

Spread Crayola glue stick along the fold making sure to get lots of glue in the crease.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Fourteen

Step Fourteen

Place a skewer or coloured dowel along the top fold right along the crease.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Fifteen

Step Fifteen

Press the fabric together and squeeze the stick into the fold so it is good and tight.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Sixteen

Step Sixteen

Press along the front of the fold to make sure there are no wrinkles.

CHANGING SEASONS – Radial Balance, Fabric Art - Step Seventeen

Step Seventeen

Tie a ribbon or piece of yarn to each end of the stick so you can hang your design. Use Crayola glitter glue to add extra sparkle to your finished drawing. 

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a radial design that represents the four seasons;
  2. Use contrasting colours to create emphasis;
  3. Use repetition of line and shape to create balance;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

  1. Have students gather pictures of examples of radial symmetry in nature and compare them with man made designs. Challenge students to create collages that include both natural and man made examples of radial symmetry. For example, How could you combine a picture of a bicycle wheel with a sunflower to make something new and still have a radial pattern?
  2. Challenge students to research one type of radial design in history, for example, mehndi, mandalas, or rose windows. Ask them to include an artful presentation that requires their peers to make something based on their research. 

Prepare

  1. Gather required art materials.
  2. Gather books about the seasons, for example, the series by Heidi Pross Gray, Autumn is Here!Spring is Here!Winter is Here!, and Summer is Here!
  3. Download examples of radial designs from the Internet, for example,
    Notre Dame
    Sweden
    Mallorca 
    San Rufino
    Cactus
    Coconut Tree
    Wheel
    Cats

Introduction

  1. Ask students to examine the illustrations in the books and to recall what they have experienced during the various seasons. 
  2. List characteristics of each season on a chart paper. 
  3. Ask students to point out the things that make the scenes effective in the illustrations. 
  4. View the images of different radial patterns. Discuss the use of shape and colour. 
  5. Introduce the challenge. 

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a radial design that represents the four seasons.
  2. Use contrasting colours to create emphasis.
  3. Use repetition of line and shape to create balance.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Demonstrate how to make and cut the circle
  2. Remind students that their design is meant to show the 4 seasons. Encourage them to think of lots of details to show the differences in each section of their design while still maintaining the radial pattern.
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan. 
  4. Observe students as they work. 
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

 

Sharing

  1. Place students into small groups. 
  2. Ask them to: 
    - Compare their work and describe to each other what they did to get certain effects.
    - Talk about what they found difficult and what they found easy to do.
  3. Share ideas with the whole class. 
  4. Ask them to tell how they felt about doing this project.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - SEASONS_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Download - SEASONS_self-assessment.pdf)