At the beginning of the year, we really study the left and right brain way of thinking. I came across another art blog that had this lesson plan on it. Should I ever find it again, I will post the website and give credit where credit is due!
The students folded a piece of paper in half long-ways. They then wrote their name in cursive (Did you know that many students cannot write in cursive? It is apparently not taught like it was when "I was growing up"). They had to write their name backwards so that it made a mirror image. This worked the right side of the brain. We discussed colors and patterns as well as features such as wings and horns. They created their aliens from there.