This art lesson introduces unity as a design principle in a simple way, through repetition of pattern or color.
Using art examples by American artist Wayne Thiebaud for reference, students create designs with either four identical patterns in different color schemes, or four different patterns in identical color schemes. This use of repetition can help students begin to understand the concept of unity as a principal of design that ties a composition together.
Students can create patterns as simple or as complex as they desire to use for this activity. The focus is on repetition of color or design, and even the simplest of patterns can result in an interesting composition..
Four Square Patterns includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- ideas for looking at art by artist Wayne Thiebaud
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art work
- a suggestion for writing about art
- photographs of student art work for reference
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.
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.
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Four Square Patterns is bundled with
three other lessons in Art With Patterns
Related art lesson with patterning:
-- an observation drawing lesson
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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