Today’s Art Lesson: Pattern Development

pattern art For today's art lesson with Aili, we focused on Pattern Development. As a guide, I made her 2 worksheets labeled with different pattern themes: circles, squares, floral, abstract, linear, curls/scrolls, scribble, and geometric. She was allowed to use any media (markers, pens, colored pencil, etc.) to design the first round of patterns--and her homework is to finish the rest of her patterns on the second sheet. Strong patterns will look great from all angles, so after Aili would finish a few patterns, we'd flip the page on different angles and all of the patterns worked well. I will take photos of her patterns next week once they are complete, but I did take some photos of mine. (Below) I also gave Aili two blank worksheets and her next challenge (for home) which is to design all new patterns with NO COLOR, all in the same media (either pen & ink or pencil). A good pattern-designer should be able to work without having to rely on color for interest and texture...I am sure she will come up with some more great patterns!

Here is the Circles/Squares/Linear/Abstract page:

Here is the Floral/Geometric/Scroll/Scribble page:

And here is my graphite version of Circles/Squares/Linear/Abstract page:

If you would like these worksheets for yourself, just email me and I will send you the PDF files!

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  1. TatTia
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Very cool. Would like to do this with my students. Please email me the PDF’s. Thanks!

  2. susan lynch
    Posted November 16, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    great idea!!!!

  3. Lee
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    could you please send me the PDFs!! Thank you!

  4. karen
    Posted September 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    This is a great project could you send me the worksheets? Thank you