Symmetrical Drawing Practice

symmetrical drawing practiceHere’s a fun way to get some symmetrical drawing practice, and create a fun, spooky image too. Give students half of a printed spider and have them fill in the missing side. I like how it allows students to draw with much more detail, by noticing what is already there.

Here’s a tip for finding other options. If you search for spiders at “Clip Art ETC” you will find THIS amazing collection. You may have trouble deciding which one to download. I chose the highest resolution of a fuzzy one, and cropped it in my computer to print just half an image.  

• View and download Half Spider Template

MATERIALS
• Print of half spider on drawing paper
• Pencil

DIRECTIONS
1. I recommend that students start with drawing the outside edges of the body and legs until they think the shapes match.
2. Details are added, such as the stripes in the legs and the fuzz around the outside edge.
3. Shading is added, including the really dark areas like the where the legs connect to the body.