Lesson Plan Title : Balance In Art

Content: Balance (Symmetrical, Approximate Symmetry, Asymmetrical and Radial), Surrealism, Collage, Value, Shading, Blending, Hatching, Cross-Hatching, Pointillism, Scribbling


1. To describe, identify and demonstrate the four types of balance using collage and/or drawing using the concept of Surrealism.

2. Students will listen to the lecture on balance, answer their journal questions on the subject and use their knowledge of balance to create a collage and/or a drawing using balance.


Either 9" x 12" or 12" x 18" drawing paper, magazines, scissors, glue, pencils, erasers



1. Teacher reviews balance with students via journal questions, a PowerPoint, and various artworks to show the various types of balance.

2. Teacher will hand out worksheet on balance.

3. Students will complete the balance worksheet.


1. Teacher will reinforce the types of balance through a series of visuals.

2. Teacher will discuss the parameters of the three-part assignment.

Students will chose between each type of balance (Symmetrical or Approximate Symmetry, Asymmetrical, and Radial) to create three different art projects. One project must be a drawing, another project must be in the form of a collage and the final project must be a combination of both drawing and a collage. Each project must utilize a type of balance and Surrealism (Fantasy/Reality).

Class Practice:

1. Students will create a rough draft/brainstorm for each of the three projects. (Approximately 2 days)

2. Each rough draft/brainstorm must be approved by the teacher before a student can move on.

3. Students will begin their projects on either 9" x 12" paper, or 12" x 18' paper.

Learning Checkup:

Teacher will use daily observations and check ins with each student to guide students in their understanding.

Students will be graded using the Fine Arts Department Art Rubric.

Wrap Up:

Each student will need to write a 150 word artist statement to accompany their work.