This math-integrated art lesson is an alternative to making Valentines that focuses on pattern and texture as elements of art. Start with a comprehensive lesson, review, or discussion about repeating and organic patterns, then introduce some color theory and focus on visual texture to invite even greater creativity.
This is a simple lesson that lends itself to a variety of extensions and which can be made more complex for older students through the addition of specific guidelines for the patterns. Student work can be displayed or used for Valentine’s Day cards for family members.
Patterns and Hearts is bundled with three other art lessons in Art Lessons With Hearts.
This lesson includes:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- national visual arts standards information
- 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
- photographs of student art work for reference
Also included is an ‘art reflection’ worksheet
with prompts to help students think and write about the patterns in their art work.
This comprehensive 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.
Other art lessons in this bundle:
Warm and Cool Textured Hearts
Primary Colors Pop Art Hearts
Warm and Cool Pop Art Hearts
Related art lessons and resources:
Valentine’s Day Draw and Write
- quick write prompts for Valentine’s Day
- a variation on Zentangle drawing
Art Lessons with Patterns
- math integrated art lessons
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
- five integrated Art lessons
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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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