Monday, 27 April 2009

May Challenge - Pattern - Swap

Inspiration from some very talented young students.

I noticed in my archived photos that I still had some lovely examples of some of my students work from the Secondary School (Year 7)where I used to work. We did amongst other things a project on pattern. Students were asked to research and source some examples of patterns. I must say, I was very pleased and impressed by their efforts and I do believe they very much enjoyed this project.
Some of the students were quite creative in their ideas, in the picture below, this student understood completely how to use pattern, she decided to draw a series of repeated objects in her first example. Then she almost discovered Cubism in her third example by shading in the repeated shapes in blue and thus creating different planes.

So, what is a Pattern? It really is simply the repeat of an object or shape. Pattern can be found everywhere.

It can be seen in Mathematics: geometry. It can be seen in nature.
If you would like to learn more about this there is an excellent resource here.

The work in the picture above shows a variety of patterns the last one in red and black is stunning, it is a copy of a Peruvian textile.
The last two pictures shows how the students worked with pattern from their initial research. They were designing tyes. What do you think?
Pretty good eh for 12 year olds.
Ok, what are we going to do this month? I would like to propose that we make some studies from where ever we can find pattern. Then lets do something a little different with our research. I thought that we could make a needle case/cover using our pattern on the front, this could be in any material, I will most probably use felt because it is an ideal fabric to store needles. When this is done we could do a swap. So if you would like to join in this swap I will ask you to sign up in advance. Please leave me a comment below if you would like to take part in the swap. Good Luck Tricia x