Rose Window (Radial Design)
- Grade Level:
- Kindergarten-Fourth Grade
- Art, History, Social Studies
- 2, 45 minute sessions
- Group Size:
- Up to 24
- in the park
- National/State Standards:
- Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts.
Creative Expression and Communication.
OverviewRecognizing and creating radial designs to identify cultural artifacts.
Objective(s)Students will be able to recognize and create radial designs, and identify specific cultural artifacts that utilize radial designs.
MaterialsMaterials in this plan include wax paper cut in circles, watered-down glue, watercolor brushes, colored tissue paper cut into small squares, buckets, black construction paper cut in squares, scissors.
Direct Instruction (5 to 10 minutes): The instructor will have students look at the bicycle gears in the Wright brothers' bicycle shop. Students will be asked to identify elements of the designs in each gear. As part of this conversation, students can identify and define the terms 'symmetry' and 'radial design.'
The instructor will then show the group photographs of rose windows, and ask students to compare the designs in the windows with those of the bicycle gears. After comparing and contrasting the two forms, students will be asked to create their own rose window.
Individual Work Period (20 minutes): The instructor may need to demonstrate some of these steps. Students will cover a circle of wax paper with cut tissue paper squares. The tissue paper can be glued using brushes to spread watered-down glue. Once the entire sheet of wax paper is covered, the students will cut a rose-window design out of the construction paper.
Fold the black square into a triangle. Take one bottom point and fold it between the top and opposite bottom points. Fold the opposites side over this angle, keeping all sides even. The result should be a triangle with three separate points sticking out of the top.
Cut the top points off in the shape of an arc. You want the shape to result in a circle. You can test your success by opening the shape, and refolding it to proceed. Cut shapes out of both sides. The more cuts you make, the more interesting your design will look. Students may need to practice on a few separate sheets before mastering the process and finding a design they like. For large groups and short periods of time, some folding and cutting may take place before students arrive.
Glue the construction paper on top of the tissue paper. If possible, wait until the tissue paper has dried, but this is not necessary. Student names can be written on manila tape and placed on the back of the wax paper, or written in white color pencil on the black construction paper.
Dried rose windows can be stacked and pressed under books to flatten out, and then be placed in a glass window for display.
Clean-Up (5 minutes): All wet materials will need to be stored on a drying rack similar device, brushes should be washed out, and used glue dumped or poured into a container.
AssessmentThe success of this project can be ascertained through the quality of the artwork. The instructor can also ask a series of questions regarding the objectives of the lesson to determine how well students have comprehended the material.
|Category||Possible Points||Earned Points|
|Time on Task||20|
|Following Assignment Guidelines||20|
|Use of Materials||20|
Park ConnectionsSocial Studies – The group can explore the role of churches and church ornamentation in Europe.
ExtensionsThe instructor can assist students with folding and cutting as needed, or ask a responsible peer to assist students with special needs. If paraprofessionals are available, they can work alongside these students.
Additional ResourcesThe Rose Window, by Painton Cowen
VocabularySymmetry - a composition in which two sides are equally balanced.
Radial design – a composition in which equal parts spread out from a central point.