Patterns Week

This week is all about patterns at the Art Project!



Make an image comprised of tiny dots.  We just used washable skinny markers. 




This project was inspired by Jasper John's painting Corpse & Mirror II from 1974.  Kids should pick a limited color palette of 3 colors and create a pattern using crosshatching marks.  We used markers for this project, but kids could also experiment using paint.

DIY Mandala

Creating your own Mandala combines art with math & geometry.  Click below for step by step instructions.  If you're trying this at home, you can use a compass to create the circles.  In the studio, we are allowing kids to trace our example grid to avoid the "pokey" end of the compass.  Kids can have fun coloring in their Mandalas or cutting it out & backing it with fun colored paper. 

Collage a Pattern!

We love collage projects at the Art Project and we find kids love cutting & gluing.  For this project, we provided a few examples to give the kids inspiration.  We're always looking for ways to use recycled/unwanted/unclaimed artwork.  Making a mosaic out of it makes a really fun effect.  We also love our circle puncher.  It is a good way to use scrap paper.  


We both remember loving Spirographs as children.  We thought this would be a fun week to bring them back.  We love Alex brand mini Spiralizer.  We sell it in our retail section (it is only $3.50) and is great to keep in your purse to give the kids an on-the-go activity - especially for restaurants.  Kids can turn their Spirograph creations into patterns or fun pictures. 

Create a patterned landscape

Kids can break down their landscape drawings into flat shapes.  First, use a pencil to draw your landscape.  Then fill in each shape on the page with a different pattern.  We've seen lots of fun trees and clouds! 

Storytime & a craft

This week we read Moving Blocks by Yusuke Yonezu.  This book explores transportation vehicles that can be constructed out of simple shapes like circles, squares, & triangles.  We then gave the kids lots of basic shapes to let them create their own image. 

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