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Symmetrical Drawing

I actually ran out of drawing paper recently and tried out this food wrap (dry wax paper) that was left over from an old project.
• Dry wax paper, 12″ x 12″ size
• Black Sharpie, chisel tip
• Gold tempera paint
1. Students fold their 12″ x 12″ food wrap paper in half and crease. With a pencil, they could draw half of a large vase, preferably using up as much of the paper as possible.
2. The drawing is traced with a large, chisel tip black Sharpie.
3. With the paper still folded, they turn it over to see the lines showing through and trace again. When complete, the opened vase drawing should be symmetrical.
4. Students fill in their vases with decorations of an associated country, with either figures or plants.
5. Once completed, the negative space around the figures or plants could be filled in with the black Sharpie.
6. Gold tempera paint is spread over the entire vase, but not on the background for contrast’s sake. I had thirty 5th graders do this in 45 minutes, all with really bold and shimmery finishes.
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