PATTERNS IN NATURE Some of you may remember this exercise from last year. If you do that's great because you already know what we are going to do. Some of you weren't here on the day that we did these pictures and some of you may not remember them. I need those who do remember to be patient while the rest of us get caught up. Please do not start drawing until I tell everyone it's okay to start.
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. Are these patterns geometric or organic? Here's a clue: they are not easily measured. YOUR DRAWING FIRST THINGS FIRST: Write your name on your paper and flip it over. You each have a piece of paper that was folded into eight relatively even sections and then unfolded again so you can draw. To complete the drawing pick three of the patterns you like the best. Then in each section draw one of the three patterns you have picked. You can draw that pattern as many times as you want within the section. You can make your pattern any color you want or multiple colors. And, you can change the size of the pattern if you want. You will need to repeat at least one of your patterns (and can repeat each of them) in order to fill all eight sections. If you put a pattern in section 1 and want to repeat it in section 7 you do not have to draw it exactly the same way nor do you have to use the exact same color or colors. It is okay if you do but you don't have to. Last thing, as you decide where to place your patterns remember the ideas we work on in our directed drawings--think about balance, variety, and unity. Ask yourself if there is one pattern you want to emphasize and decide how you are going to do that. Maybe it's a different size than the rest. Maybe the lines you use to make the pattern are thicker. Maybe you use a different color. Maybe you repeat the pattern more often or not as often. You get to decide. Ask yourself how you are going to make your drawing look like it is one drawing and not eight different drawings. Maybe you unify your drawing by color or by the direction or size of your patterns. Again, you get to decide. Okay, begin!
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