Students in third grade can learn how to use a ruler to draw a straight line and measure length by creating a portrait of a spider. To make this project you will need
- Green or blue construction paper
- ¼ sheet of black construction paper
- Poker chip and quarter, or similar round tracers
- Glue or glue stick
- Paper punch
- Scraps of white construction paper
- Pictures of a spider and web for observation
Begin by drawing a web. Look at a picture of a web. A spider’s web has eight sides. Draw a straight line from opposite corners to make an X. Find the center of each side, and draw two more lines to make a +. Begin at the middle, and draw straight lines to make a web.
Use a poker chip and a quarter or a similar tracer to make two circles on the black construction paper. Cut them out. Use a ruler to measure one inch, and cut a strip. Measure ¼ inch, and draw parallel lines across the width of the strip. Cut sixteen pieces that measure 1 x ¼ inches.
Glue the circles to the web. Overlap the smaller circle to make it look like a head. The focal point in a piece of art is usually to the right of the center, about one third down from the top of the page. Look at a picture of a spider. Arrange the small strips to make eight legs that have knees. Use two pieces of paper to make each leg.
Use a paper punch and scraps of white paper to make two eyes, and glue them to the black circle.
Sunshine State Standard
VA.A.1.2.1 uses and organized two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, techniques, tools and processes to produce works of art that are derived from personal experience, observation, or imagination.
- The student observed a spider’s web, and drew a likeness of that web on paper.
- The student used a ruler to draw straight lines.
- The student used a ruler to measure length.
- The student observed a spider and assembled the pieces to create a likeness.