Because we have such an amazing winter here in Iowa (HA! Snow, snow, snow, oh and COLD!) We decided to create mug still life paintings! Each table got a different mug and the students had to really concentrate on drawing that mug exactly as they see it (not how they think they see it). We talked about how the top and bottom of the mug curve because you are looking at it from an angle, so they made sure to get the curve of their mugs just right. Once their mugs were drawn, they could add whatever they wanted to to their drink (marshmallows, candy canes, whip cream, sprinkles, you name it!). Then they colored in their pictures. The mug was one color, the table was another color, and the background was a third color. Then we talked about patterns and how they could add a different pattern to each new section of their picture. They painted their patterns with neon paints.
How we did this: We first took a 6x6 inch square sheet of white paper and folded so there were two creases that made a plus and two creases that went from corner to corner making an X. Those folds will be where the arms of the snowflakes are drawn. So each student traced the fold lines and then started designing their snowflakes so that they were unique but still showed radial symmetry. We then painted over our pencil marks with blue paint. To add a little more to these snowflakes, we added two larger blue squares as a boarder. The students picked up their darker blue paper which was slightly bigger than the snowflake (7x7 inch). They placed the snowflake down and traced it so they knew where to draw their boarder. They were instructed to create patterns in their boarder and we talked about different patterns they could do. Once the boarder was complete they glued the snowflake to the dark blue boarder. Then they were ready for the light blue boarder (8x8 inch) and they followed the same process as before.