A Proportional World

Explore proportion and geometry! Create a vibrant watercolor of your bedroom.

  • 1.

    Ask each student to bring in a photograph of his/her bedroom.

  • 2.

    Provide each student with a piece of Crayola® Giant Marker and Water Color Pad Paper, Crayola Washable Watercolors, Crayola Colored Pencils and a paint brush.

  • 3.

    Instruct the students to use a colored pencil to draw the outline of the major shapes in their photograph. Encourage the students to keep a list of all the geometric shapes they find (circles, perpendicular lines, squares, rectangles, etc.).

  • 4.

    Ask the students to put themselves in the painting, but completely out of proportion.

  • 5.

    Ask students to use watercolor to create vibrant representations of their bedrooms. Encourage the students to experiment with contrasting colors.

  • 6.

    Once the watercolor paint is dry, ask students to imagine what life would be like if they were really the size they see themselves in the painting. Instruct students to find a partner to discuss the shapes they found in their art piece as well as their ideas of life in that “world.”

  • 7.

    How did they determine the proportions visible in the art piece? Encourage the use of math vocabulary during this discussion.

Standards

  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • MATH: Understand concepts of angle and measure angles.
  • MATH: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.
  • MATH: Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
  • VA: Design and produce a work of art that clearly communicates information or ideas.

Adaptations

  • Allow students to use any room or any pieces of furniture for inspiration rather than bringing in a photograph from home.
  • Use Crayola Washable Markers and White Paper rather than watercolor.
  • In addition to keeping a list of all the geometric shapes they find in the art, ask the students to use a ruler to measure carefully to keep their furniture in scale.