This science-integrated observation drawing lesson focuses on patterns from nature. Students learn how to approximate colors and focus on details while translating natural patterns into drawings, using color, line, and shape approximations.
This lesson introduces close observation as an artist behavior, with the use of a simple viewfinder and photographs of patterns in nature.
Students are directed through explicit steps for observing and encouraged to engage their own creative expression and interpretation. The various pattern drawings created by students can be used to show how different artists interpret the same source of inspiration in different ways.
This is a great introductory lesson for introducing pattern as an element of design AND the importance of using good observation skills. Students of all abilities can be successful with this lesson.
Drawing Patterns from Nature is bundled with four other lessons in Start With Art.
This lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- a suggestion for looking at patterns in art by Henri Matisse
- instructions for making a simple viewfinder
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- directions for looking at and discussing student art
- ideas for connecting the activity to math and science
- a writing extension
Also included: an annotated photo reference page and an art reflection student worksheet with prompts to help students think and write about their art work.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Similar art lessons using patterns or observation drawing:Art With Patterns.
Art With Autumn Leaves.
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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