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MAG Saturdays Oil Pastel Butterflies

MAG Saturdays Oil Pastel Butterflies

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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - May 9, 2020

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Oil Pastel Butterflies

Butterflies are a great subject matter to use when learning about symmetry since these insects are the same on both sides of their bodies. Today we will be drawing a large butterfly in oil pastel!

Symmetry- the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.

Symmetrical Balance- in art refers to a balance that is achieved by arranging elements on either side of the centre of a composition in an equally weighted manner. * If you fold a circle in half and the image is the same on both sides.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: sheet of black construction paper, 9x12” or larger, white or pale coloured pencil crayon, different colours of oil pastels including white and black.

Step 1: Place your black paper in the landscape position, bring the short edges of the paper together, and crease the paper.

Step 2: Open the paper and using a white or light coloured pencil crayon, draw the body of your butterfly in the centre of the the page. *We want to try and make both sides of the butterfly mirror the other.

Step 3: Draw on the wings and then create patterns on each section of the wings. *Remember to have each side of the butterfly match the other!

Step 4: Using different colours of oil pastels, colour in the butterfly. *Colour match each section.

Step 5: Outline each section with black oil pastel. Colour in the background how ever you would like and step back and view your MAGnificent butterfly!

MAGsat oil pastel butterflies infographic


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