Project Outline 1
1.) Cut butterfly stencils from differing species of butterflies. Get really scientific if you like, let the inner entomologist in you run amuck.
2.) Find some high-end watercolor paper and use the silhouettes to spray or paint fields of color while one wing remains white.
3.) Place the opposing wing next to the silhouette. Add color if desired. Use watercolor and watercolor paper for this.
4.) Cut cards for display in a frame.
Project Outline 2
1.) Cut butterfly stencils. Like the project outline above (1) get really geeky. Pay attention to those detailed curves for the advanced students.
2.) Wet on wet technique and paint some watercolor paper. Dry, trace and cut watercolor paper. Choose sizes according to differentiation levels; beginners work small. Cut larger paper for students who you know will complete and finish!
3.) Arrange mandala-like and stained glass window like compositions using pie/radial symmetry. See the snowflake project here for some ideas. In fact, view some snowflake symmetry for ideas. Analyze the shapes and their placement. Rotations and all. Get super-geeky and mathematical if you like. Keep it simple for beginners, and intermediate students. Challenge the advanced to get past their meticulous hangups. Keep it simple, so people actually finish.
4.) Display. Chat about craftsmanship -- because symmetry forces students to practice that. Praise and support risks, alternative solutions and interpretations. Encourage exploration.
Ask how these explorations can be applied in different contexts and other subjects. What do the works communicate? What do they say; take subject matter and the elements of art and design into consideration before answering!