In this math-integrated art lesson, students create and extend patterns using rubbings of raised line designs created with construction paper. This lesson focuses on line as an art element and introduces the use of rubbings to create texture and also to use as a simple printmaking technique.
Connect to math by having students explain and describe their patterns. Use finished art work as a tangible assessment and documentation of students’ understanding of patterns.
The lesson uses construction paper and paperless crayons. If available, drawing paper provides a thinner surface for more detailed rubbings.
This lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- suggestions for math extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
- a data recording sheet with a skip-counting and writing extensions
- a page of tips for extending work with patterns
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to artist behavior and art analysis and reinforces mathematical concepts dealing with patterning.
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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Pattern Strips is bundled with three other lessons in Art With Patterns
Other math-connected art lessons:
Exploring Lines and Shapes
Playing With Shapes
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
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. 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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