GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU? – Colour, Value, Shape

Students use paint to explore colour mixing as they create a symmetrical work of art for a loved one.

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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU? – Colour, Value, Shape


  • Crayola Fine Line Markers - Black
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Tempera Paint - Red and White
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Decorative Items
  • Variety of Small Sponges
  • Pictures of Students


Step 1
  1. Use the template to trace a heart onto your white paper.
Step 2
  1. Carefully cut out the heart. It is a symmetrical shape.
Step 3
  1. Use the sponges and different colours of paint to completely cover your heart. While you are working think about these questions:
    - What painting tool do you like to use? Why?
    - Do the sponges look different when you stamp them with the paint?
    - What shapes do you see?
    - Look at the different shapes. Why do you think new shapes are created when 2 colours mix on your paper?
Step 4
  1. Fold a 20 cm x 25 cm (8" x 10") piece of construction paper in half lengthwise (hot dog fold).
  2. Place your hand and arm up to your elbow on the paper and trace it with a pencil.
Step 5
  1. Keep the paper folded and carefully cut around the outline of your hand and arm. You will get 2 copies by keeping the paper folded.
Step 6
  1. Glue a small head shot picture 6 cm x 6 cm (2.5" x 2.5") of yourself in the middle of the heart.
  2. Use a black fine tip marker to write Guess how much I love you . . . under the picture.
  3. Glue some decorative items onto the heart to make it extra special.
Step 7
  1. Place the painted heart face down on the table.
  2. Glue both arms onto the back of the heart so they are a mirror image of each other.
  3. Make sure the thumbs are facing up and they are directly opposite each other.
Step 8
  1. Look carefully at your completed artwork.
  2. How do you know that it is a symmetrical design?
  3. Give your creation to someone you love!
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