Symmetry Name Tags Lesson: Middle or High School Art Lesson for Back to School

Symmetry Name Tags Lesson: Middle or High School Art Lesson for Back to School

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Ahhh that awkward first week of school! Your supplies haven't arrived, half the kids will be switching classes in the next week, and you don't even know if all of the students have ever had even one day of art. Enter this easy, fun, and deceptively creative name tag lesson to save the day! You may just be amazed by what your teens will create with this one!

Why students will love it:

Teens will love it because it offers an opportunity to connect with other students, in a fun and creative way right off the bat! The pressure to come up with an idea, or draw something fabulous is out the window and they can just relax, have fun and create.

Why teachers will love it:

Most importantly, it sets the stage for a great classroom environment and allows you to quickly assess student skills. All you need are paper, pencils, and markers (or colored pencils, or crayons!) to keep your students happily working and engaged right off the bat with this symmetry names lesson.


  • 3 Page lesson plan (Word & PDF) with National standards, big ideas, essential questions, goals, objectives, and detailed timeline with process notes
  • 18 Page PowerPoint Presentation (pptx & PDF)
  • Fully Narrated Demonstration video
  • Classroom Critique Worksheet


  • Soft lead pencils
  • Paper
  • Markers

Key Learning:

  • To learn about symmetry
  • To learn about pencil transfers
  • To spark creativity and conceptualize a piece of art
  • To introduce ourselves and learn basics about the art classroom, materials and routines


Line: An Element of Art. It is literally the extension of a dot. However, when the line intersects itself, it becomes a shape.

Shape: A closed line. Shapes can be geometric, like squares and rectangles, or organic, like free-formed shapes or natural shapes. Shapes are flat and can express length and width.

Symmetry: is a very formal type of balance consisting of mirroring of portions of an image.

Balance: is the distribution of the visual weight of objects, colors, texture, and space. If the design was a scale, these elements should be balanced to make a design feel stable.


•Light reflected off objects is color. Color has three main characteristics:

•Hue - or its name (example red, green, blue, etc.)

•Value - how light or dark it is

•Intensity - how bright or dull it is­­­­­




I loved this activity. I have done it more than three times with different groups of students of varying ages! I will continue to use it moving forward! "

Sarah Roberts Levi


"I have been looking through this store for months, and I am so impressed with all of the art projects. This was the perfect one to start off my art enrichment class this year. I will definitely be purchasing more products here. Thank you!"

Nichole D.


"Thank you again for creating these ready to go lessons. I'm very thankful to be able to use these with my art elective classes."

Laurel W.

National Visual Arts Anchor Standards:

  • Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work
  • Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work
  • Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work

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