EARTH DAY CIRCLE ART – Symmetry, Colour, Contrast

Students use a compass to draw a circle design based on sixfold symmety and use their design as the basis for a poster celebrating Earth Day.

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EARTH DAY CIRCLE ART – Symmetry, Colour, Contrast


  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Coloured Pencils
  • Crayola Sketchbooks - 1 per student
  • Pencils
  • Compasses - 1 per student
  • Erasers


Step 1
  1. Practice drawing intersecting circles with a compass.
  2. Follow the instructions to draw a circle design with sixfold symmetry. (Downloads - DivideCircleSixParts.pdf)
Step 2
  1. Plan ideas in your sketchbook.
  2. Think of a way to transform your circle design into something that connects with Earth Day.
    - add details and it could be a tree, flower, planet, bird ...
  3. Figure out what type of lettering you want to use.
  4. Decide what information you need to include.
  5. Make a rough plan drawing in your sketchbook.
Step 3
  1. Draw your design on good paper.
  2. Choose colours that communicate a message about Earth Day.
  3. Blend colours and add details.
Step 4
  1. View your poster with fresh eyes.
  2. Ask yourself:
    - Is it carefully planned and completed?
    - Is the symbol based on a circle with sixfold symmetry?
    - Is the message simple and clear?
    - Does it use negative space to make it easy to see important information?
    - Does it have a dominant element that connects with the message?
    - Does it use colours that connect with the message?
    - Is the paper in good condition?
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Science,

    • Visual Arts,

    • Media Literacy

  • Grades:

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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