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Patterns are all around us – in nature, in our homes, on paper and online. Learn more about patterns and create your own original patterned picture frame.
What is a pattern? Ask students to describe patterns they see in the classroom. Describe the colors, shapes and repetitions used to create the patterns.
Ask students to consider what other senses can distinguish a pattern? Discuss how patterns create consistency in our environment.
Students each select two patterns that interest them. Consider: What elements make up each of the patterns? What would you do to extend the patterns? Why do you think these patterns appeal to you? Provide students with a few minutes to sketch some original patterns on a piece of scrap paper.
Students cut a piece of recycled cardboard into the shape of a picture frame. Cover the frame with a piece of aluminum foil so the cardboard on the front of the frame is no longer visible. Using Crystal Effects Window Markers, demonstrate how to recreate original patterns around the border of the frame. Students may choose to make a single pattern or use different patterns on each side.
Students feature a favorite photo in their frames.
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