Butterfly Symmetry Study


Symmetrical Balance in Art Examples

What is symmetrical balance in art? Symmetrical balance in art is when each half of the artwork is identical or very similar. Draw a line through the artwork with your eye and compare each side.



In this Monarch Butterfly Art lesson, students will create a symmetrical monarch butterfly.


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Paint Brush
  • White glue or black glue if you have it
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Watercolor or Acrylic paint; black, blue, orange

Directions for glue
To make black glue mix about 2 tablespoons of white glue with a 1 tablespoon of black acrylic paint. You can use a paint brush, a Q-tip or your finger to apply the glue to your paper.

Directions for art

Take one piece of paper and fold it in half. Open it back up. You now have a line going right down the middle. Look at an illustration of a monarch from a book or picture online. Here’s a good website: National Geographic for Kids.

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