This project is a GREAT way to start the school year. It starts very simply, but the students can increase the complexity to their comfort level. It gives beginners solid ground to stand on, while letting practiced artists strut their stuff. Everyone is successful. It also gives them a chance play with color right from the get go.
I also like this project, because it is a chance to talk about visual language across cultures. Radially balanced designs are prevalent around the world and across belief systems. Isn't it interesting that all humanity is drawn to the same convention of organizing visual patterns? What does this say about how we think? Could we really be so similar in such a basic way?
After I've introduced the concept of Balance as an organizing principle of design, I talk a bit specifically about Radial Balance and show some examples of how it has been used in various cultures.