Butterfly Paper Sculpture

Grade 4

Karen Stomberg, FNSBSD Art Specialist

Artists and designers often look to nature for inspiration. French artist and naturalist E.A.Seguy drew intricate scientific illustrations of butterflies and created designs based on his drawings. Students learn about Seguy and produce a 3 dimensional paper sculpture butterfly with colored paper and oil pastel patterns.

Objectives and assessment criteria

Students will:

  1. recognize that artists turn to nature for ideas and inspiration and be able to give examples.
  2. differentiate between a scientific illustration made for reference and a design made for decoration.
  3. construct a paper sculpture butterfly demonstrating symmetry in pattern and shape.
  4. design a unique butterfly sculpture incorporating the structure of a real butterfly.