Patterns By Faith
Patterns have been around for thousands of years The Egyptians used patterns on their mummy cases, and to decorate the walls of their tombs
Patterns were incorporated into building designs by architects. Do you know where or what this building is? What patterns can you see?
Famous artists used patterns in their paintings. Here is an example by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-69) ‘House and Figure' How has he created patterns in this picture?
What makes a pattern? Lines Colours Shapes • When we discuss Art works we refer to these as elements of visual art. • When they are combined in a variety of repetitive ways, they form what we call a pattern.
Lines Eyes like to follow lines and collect their meanings. There are many different types of lines: • Straight or curved • Vertical, horizontal or diagonal • Diagonal lines suggest something is moving • Sharp angry lines or happy dancing swirls • Hard or thick, soft or thin lines • Lines can be implied
Colours • Colour can add feelings These colours can make you feel warm or excited These colours can make you feel cool or relaxed
COMPLIMENTARY COLOURS • Complimentary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel, using them together can make patterns vibrant due to the strong contrasts. What are some examples?
Shapes There are 2 categories of shapes: • Geometric; i.e. circles, squares, triangles and hexagons • Organic;these are irregular shapes found in nature • i.e. people, animals, and plants
M.C. ESCHER • Any shape can be used to make a pattern. • Escher was an artist who created special patterns called tessellations, these use the same shape repeatedly. Is this a picture of fish or birds?
What shapes can you see in this tessellation? Butterfly Tessellation by M.C. Escher
What do you notice about this pattern? M.C. Escher
‘My Golden Summer’ by Bronwyn Bancroft Take a few minutes to look carefully at these patterns What can you say about the artists use of lines, colours and shapes?
Howard Arkley (1951-1999) Contemporary Australian Artist. How does this artist create his pictures? What do you think they might look like?
Howard Arkley was fascinated with patterns. He collected wallpaper samples from hardware stores (like Bunnings), and cut out pictures from house decorating magazines. He then used these to create collages, which were the plans for his paintings. How old do you think these houses might be?
Describe the patterns you see here. What can you infer about the people who might live in this house?
What patterns can you see around the room? Where else have you seen patterns? Paintings Buildings Wall decorations Carpets Furniture Nature Maths – number patterns - shape patterns Clothes Screen savers Sculptures Music Dance Gardens Illustrations Texts – Poems Keep an eye out – there are patterns everywhere!!
Pattern Activities in The Arts: • Make a fish puppet with scales pattern • Perform song ‘5 Little Fish’ with the aid of fish puppets. • Learn and perform a rhythmic pattern using the body and decorated shakers / rhythm sticks • Paint a Van Gogh picture • Decorate a plant pot with tiles for Mother’s Day • Create an Arkley style collage
Activities: Other Disciplines • English Domain: write a poem using rhyming words to illustrate patterns in words. • Maths Domain: • Computer generated tessellations/patterns • Number patterns Interpersonal development • Team performances. • Group discussion and analysis of Art Interdisciplinary • Computer patterns • Poetry writing on computer.
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