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 is bundled with three other lessons in Art With Patterns
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
Also included: an art reflection worksheet with prompts to help students analyze their own art work, and a page of tips for helping students generate ideas.
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
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.
More art lessons using patterns:
Drawing Patterns from Nature
-- an observation drawing lesson
Patterns and Shapes
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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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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