The visual elements

Pattern and rhythm

Pattern and colour are visual elements that also play a part in the introduction of drawing skills.

Pattern is the constant repetition, with variation, found in everything from the pattern of sea shells to the forms of hills and clouds. The teacher draws attention to pattern and rhythm in nature, in art and in the children’s work as it arises. Children can use pattern and rhythm as a design element in two or three-dimensional compositions to achieve unity, variety, movement and directional force.

Pattern – can disguise, communicate, change surfaces, be accidental or intentional.

Patterns can be radial, spiral or repeat.  They can form borders and designs that in many cases are cultural in origin and tradition.