PATTERNS IN NATURE How many of you remember this handout from last year? The first part of this lesson will be review but it's still important for you to listen and focus so we all can be on the same page when you begin to draw. Nature gives us five basic patterns. Most everything we find will be scene in one or a combination of these. They are: SPIRALING--can be seen in the shell of a snail. The spiral begins as a tight center and curve around itself as it gradually expands. STACKING--can be seen in a honeycomb. Stacking can be thought of as a pile or cluster with one small piece touching lots of similar pieces all around it. BRANCHING OR FANNING--like the name indicates, can seen in the branches of a tree or the fan of a feather. The key is that a branch or fan pattern starts in on spot and moves outward as it expands. MEANDERING--can be see in waves coming onto a shore or the small ripples made when the wind blows sand in the desert. It also can be seen in the flow of a river or the trail left behind when a snake slithers through the dirt. A meandering pattern is not always uniform. EXPLODING--can be seen in a daisy, a snowflake or a dandelion gone to seed. The exploding pattern occurs when all the parts move away from the center. Look at the five examples on your handout. Can you trace each pattern with your finger? Try to draw the pattern (not the image) in the box next to the example found in nature. When you draw your example it doesn't need to be exactly like the picture from nature. I want you to understand the basic concept without having to replicate what you see. Replicate is kind of a big word, isn't it? Who want to guess what replicate means? To replicate something is to copy it as exactly as you can. We are NOT trying to replicate a specific object. When I look at your drawings I don't want to think to myself, "Oh I see a lot of snail shells and honeycombs." YOUR DRAWING You have two pieces of paper. The first piece--the larger one--is your practice piece. You can try multiple ways to render (draw) the patterns you want to use in your final drawing. The second piece is for your final drawing. Begin by writing your name in pencil on the paper and then flipping it over to draw. (Please do not write your name with the oil pastels) Your goal for your final drawing is to combine patterns from nature in an interesting manner to create an abstract drawing. Who knows what abstract means? When I ask for an abstract drawing I hope to see lines, color, patterns, and shapes placed on the picture plane in an interesting manner but without any recognizable objects. So no outlines of cats or trees or ice cream cones. I expect you, as the artist, to intentionally plan your composition so it looks as though it belongs together. To do this, you will need to think about repetition, color, movement, balance, and focus. None of your drawings should look alike but they all will have similar elements. If you need to use another piece of paper to explore ideas before you commit to your final drawing come and get more paper. Because we are using oil pastels I prefer you draw on only one side of your paper so the pastels don't rub off onto the tables when you flip your paper over. We will have the next class time to finish up so do not rush your drawings. At the same time, I expect to see progress this class period. Questions? Okay, begin.
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