Art Classes: Level II

Level II-Art Lesson 10: Hiding Butterflies

Learning about Symmetry and Background

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 3 through adult.


Art Lesson Description

Two things make a butterfly an interesting art project:

  • First, the insect is a perfect introduction to learning to draw mirror images.  Whatever you draw on the right-hand wings needs to be mirrored on the left.  This makes it a great study in spatial perception. (Students with reversal problems may need extra help.)
  • Second, many butterflies are protected by camouflaging colors.  This makes the relationship between the butterfly and its background more important than the butterfly itself. 

The problems to solve for the artists are these:

  • To use the same kinds of lines and the same colors to decorate the butterfly as they did to create the background.  
  • At the same time, they will need to create a tension between the background and the butterfly, so that the butterfly becomes distinct from the background.
  • In this lesson students will draw a butterfly, create a background for the butterfly, and then create a butterfly that wears the camouflage of its surroundings.

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus a downloadable printout of the warmup.


List of Supplies for Each Art Student


Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections

  • Social Studies: Learn why early American colonists gave the monarch butterfly its name.
  • Science:


Approximate Lesson Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction and warm-up: 15 minutes
  • Drawing the butterfly: 20 minutes
  • Painting the butterfly: 45-60 minutes
  • Total time: 80-105 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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