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Magnificent butterflies.

Antique butterfly specimens collected from all over the world were the subject of three lessons for first and second grade students.

In the first lesson, the students observed the shapes, patterns and colors of these beautiful, exotic specimens. Then, each student completed a crayon drawing the act or art of drawing with crayons; a drawing made with crayons.

See also: Crayon
 that reproduced one of the butterflies as exactly as possible. This assignment emphasized careful, scientific observation. To assure attention to detail, I told the students to "look like a scientist through a make-believe magnifying glass magnifying glass: see microscope.

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Shapes, Patterns, Colors

The following week's discussion focused on the shapes, patterns and colors the students discovered while observing the specimens. I asked the students to invent a butterfly and to keep these concepts in mind while drawing. I suggested that they paint the butterfly's body in the center of the paper using any color and then fill each side of the paper with interesting wing shapes.

We had observed from the specimens that butterflies have four wings. The students worked hard on symmetry symmetry, generally speaking, a balance or correspondence between various parts of an object; the term symmetry is used both in the arts and in the sciences. , a concept discussed while examining the specimens.

Each student completed an 18 x 24" (46 x 61 cm) tempera painting tempera painting

Painting executed with ground pigment mixed with a water-soluble material, such as egg yolk, gum, or wax. The special ground for tempera painting is a rigid wood panel coated with thin layers of gesso, a preparation usually made of plaster of Paris and glue.
. Intricate wing shapes, interesting patterns and unusual color combinations appeared in their finished paintings.

During the final week of this project, we talked about all the places where they had experienced seeing butterflies. Gardens, meadows, the noses of cats, dogs and bunnies, at the school playground, on a friend's shoulder and near a pond were some of the locations brought to mind.

Using Life Experience as a Guide

I asked the students to paint environments for their butterflies. Some environments were imaginary; others were real places remembered fondly. The paintings represented careful thought about making suitable places for their invented butterflies using life experience as a guide.

The three lessons, one emphasizing observation, one emphasizing pure imagination, and one relying on memory and experience produced magnificent results. The students cut out their butterflies and attached them to the environments. These artworks were exhibited in the lobby greeting parents, teachers and students with an impressive display of symmetrical symmetrical

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 shapes, patterns and colors.

Carol Borelli is an art teacher at New Canaan Country School New Canaan Country School (abbreviated NCCS) is private day school located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The headmaster is Timothy Bazemore, and it runs grades Preschool-9. Blue and white are the primary colors of the school.  in New Canaan, Connecticut New Canaan is a wealthy town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Stamford, on the Five Mile River. In 1900, 2,968 people lived in New Canaan, and in 1910, 3,667. The population was 19,395 at the 2000 census. .
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Title Annotation:three art lessons for first and second graders involving butterflies
Author:Borelli, Carol
Publication:School Arts
Date:Oct 1, 1995
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