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.
Pattern Rubbings is bundled with three other lessons in Art With Patterns
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
- recording sheets with skip-counting and writing extensions, in two layouts
- a page of tips for extending work with patterns
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 many elementary grade levels.
More math-connected art lessons:
Exploring Lines and Shapes
Playing With Shapes
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
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