Patterns

Materials needed:

Paper

colored pens, pencils, crayons, paint, etc.

vegetable stamps (raw carrots, potatoes, onions, etc. - these could be carved to produce a design)

other simple stamps

Presentation

Exercise 1: The square pattern

All designs we use are created on certain nets (patterns). The square is the most simple net.

Begin by dividing your paper into squares of any size. The net can be part of the design, or it can disappear. If an invisible net is desired, form it by folding their paper in half, and in half again and again, until they get the size square desired.

At first ask put a fairly simple motif into the middle of each square.

You can draw it, or use a simple stamp.

Exercise 2: The half drop  pattern

Begin as in exercise 1, by dividing the paper into squares or rectangles.

This time make a design in every other square in the first row. In row two, continue alternating designs, but begin below an empty square.

Row three is patterned like row 1. Continue in this way until your paper is filled up.

Exercise 3: alternate motifs with half drop

Establish the net as before by dividing the paper into squares or rectangles.

This time alternate motifs.

One motif should be repeated on alternate squares in the first row, and like in exercise 2, in the second row, draw the motif below an empty square.

Then draw another motif in the empty squares.

Continue in this way until your paper is filled.

Exercise 4: an elaborated net

This time the net itself becomes an integral part of the design.

Create any design you’d like, using the drop pattern as in exercise 2, but this time have them incorporate the net visibly into the design.

Exercise 5: triangular net

The square can be divided diagonally to form a triangular net.

It is interesting here to explore the concept of mirror images.