Sweetheart candies were the inspiration for this project. Most students remember eating some. We analyzed the candies in pictures and noticed the "sides." I explained how "sides" make the candy 3D. They noticed the sides looked darker than the top of the hearts. I pointed out how light hits the top and the sides are in the shadow. If we created this look in our art, it will appear 3D.
I passed out 12 x 12 white 80# paper, 4 x 4 and 2 x 2 paper. Folding the two smaller squares in half we used the "Magic Fold" technique to draw a symmetrical heart. The larger heart was traced 3-4 times with a pencil. Then the smaller heart was traced 1-3 times to break up empty spaces. Many students randomly arranged the hearts on their papers, while others created a formal, symmetrical design.
As a class we drew the "sides" to the hearts beginning with legs, then adding the bottom line to finish it. Valentine messages were written in caps on the heart fronts. A list of common Sweetheart wording was projected on the big screen. Everything was outlined in black permanent marker.