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For children:
Making patterns online
Line and shading
Designed objects
Natural objects
 
For teachers:
Teachers' introduction
Scheme of work 
Lesson outcomes
Visit to Museum & Gallery
  Lesson outcomes
 

 

Lesson 1
This is an excellent chance to work in an interactive way with pupils, encouraging discussion of line, shape, texture etc and using the online Line and Shading images to illustrate pupils’ ideas. Speaking and listening is a central element with the online images the visual reinforcement

In application there was a very significant improvement in all pupils drawing skills as a result of their understanding of language and artistic concept and confidence in the aims of their drawing work.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Sample of pupil's work on patterns

Lesson 2
Introduce this lesson with a high level discussion of shape, line and tone focused on specific natural objects. It is important to model the mixing of colour techniques to reinforce these concepts and to draw out children’s use of language to support learning. Let the children rotate around tables paint, crayons, oil pastels and charcoal.

A plenary session where the children introduce and explain how they produced their piece of work helps to reinforce the language work.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Sample of pupil's work on patterns

Lesson 3
A visit to the museum and art gallery can be highly memorable for children. They have commented on the ‘space’ and ‘quietness’ and responded to the ambience of the environment and the observation that ‘things are real’ with excellent drawing work.

Pupil sketching natural objects
Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Sample of pupil's work on patterns

Lesson 4
This is the point where pupils start to make personal choices which will decide all their subsequent work. It is an ideal opportunity for speaking and listening, to discuss an area of design that attracts a child and why s/he is attracted to this.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
 

Lesson 5
Use the pattern interactive in a cross-curricular way linking it with Maths in particular. Pupils should discuss the effect of changing the position of the image using the language of ‘rotate’ and ‘symmetry’ etc. Link work online to types of pattern the children can design using specific shapes or patterns lifted from their own drawings of nature.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Sample of pupil's work on patterns

Lesson 6
This is the point when the desired final outcome begins to emerge. Make it clear what type of repeat patterns you want as an outcome.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Sample of pupil's work on patterns

Lesson 7
An alternative to producing a fabric base for collage work is to create an ink painting as a base. Another option is for the children to produce a fabric banner, with each creating a fabric collage to be sewn onto a banner. This would be a separate outcome from the painted repeat patterns.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Ink painting
Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Ink painting
Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Fabric collage
Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Collage as part of banner
Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Collage as part of banner

Lesson 8
Build upon the collage as desired. If the choice has been ink painting, develop this with sewing stitches and buttons, or glue items on.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
 

Lesson 9
The ink painting or fabric collage should be mounted onto the background of the children’s painted repeat patterns. These can be turned into calendars if you are working in the autumn term.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Sample of pupil's work on patterns

If the desired outcome is the banner, plan with the children where their fabric collages should be positioned on the banner. This provides an ideal opportunity for collaborative group discussion about detail of design and balance of the overall image. The children can then commence sewing on their finished product.

Sample of pupil's work on patterns
Sample of pupil's work on patterns

If time, the lesson can end with individual presentations of work, providing a speaking and listening focus.

Lesson 10
This is a chance for the children to finish evaluating their work and to revisit images of designed objects from the art gallery to make comparisons. This is an opportunity to introduce the work of other artists such as William Morris. The differences and similarities between their own work and the work of other artists should be drawn out.

Rice dish
Rice dish
Lace
Lace

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