Visual symmetry creates balance in art, and while there are many different ways to create a balanced image, symmetrically aligned characters and environments create simple and natural-feeling balance. Artists have long understood the natural balance and appeal of visual symmetry and this art lesson plan seeks to give students a chance to explore symmetry with cute “kawaii” characters and colorful environments.
Symmetrical Spaces and Kawaii Faces Art Project
Students can start by researching symmetrical art from many cultures, time periods, and sources. Some examples include symmetrical Swedish folk art, the cute and minimal characters of Western and Japanese popular culture, and the work of a contemporary Guatemalan illustrator named Muxxi.
Then students can create a symmetrical environment and character(s) to live in it. It’s important to create a limited palette to encourage the intentional use of color and opacity. The mix of transparent and opaque watercolors will help students to use similar colors and create variation in intensity.
The Grumbacher Transparent and Grumbacher Opaque watercolor paints offer deep, vibrant colors and the Crescent Watercolor Board allows students to work in their lap, in plein air, or from a variety of angles without worry of creasing or having to mount watercolor paper.
Tips for Creating a Unique Symmetrical Character
Coming up with a cute “kawaii” character and environment might take a little brainstorming and extra creativity. Encourage your class of artists to get inspired in one of the following ways when they get stuck:
- Look at real-world animals and try to exaggerate or change their characteristics to make them simpler.
- Find real-world plants, flowers, and environments and pick out favorite aspects to recreate in a symmetrical landscape.
- Look at non-symmetrical artwork from throughout history and use it as inspiration to recreate it in a visually symmetrical way.
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If you’re looking for more ways to explore the use of watercolor paint and techniques with your art class, check out these other art lesson plans and get creating! Also be sure to stop by the online store to find all the art supplies, tools, and inspiration you need to keep students engaged and excited about art.