Lesson: Line and Pattern
Level: Grades 4-6
Materials: Chalkboard, chalk, drawing paper marked with 1″ grid, pencils, ball point pens, erasers
Discuss with the children all the types of lines they can think of. (wavy, zigzag, thick, thin, circular etc. etc.) Progress on to how lines can work together to form patterns. ( bricks, circles with dots in the middle, plaid, herringbone, varieties are obviously endless!)
Now, on the chalkboard, draw a large grid with enough squares for each child. Have them come up to the board and fill in a square with a line pattern of some kind. It can be as simple as diagonal lines or more complicated like wavy lines on the diagonal with periodic dots. Next, each child should have a piece of paper with a grid (1 x 1 inch squares) at their desk. (My kids made their own grids) Have them copy the patterns from the board onto their own grids and have them add some new patterns or variations of the ones on the board.
Tell them that this week they are to draw a large simple object that has a multiple of sections. Tell them to think in terms of what they might see in a child’s simple coloring book. Some examples my kids have done are: A large bear dressed in a shirt and shorts with a ball at its foot: A large butterfly with lots of large sections: (Bring in coloring books for ideas). They are to now draw this onto their paper VERY LIGHTLY!!!!..with pencil. I can’t stress this enough!. They need to draw this outline LIGHTLY because the final step will be to erase the outline next week.
So, they draw this picture, LIGHTLY. Now, using a black ball-point pen (your basic BIC is fine!) start filling in each section of their picture with one of the patterns from their own personal grids. Be sure fill in the pattern all the way to the edge. Patterns can be repeated for effect. They will not be able to finish this part in week two.
This last class is devoted to finishing filling in their patterns in the sections of their pictures. When finished, use a GOOD eraser, and now erase the original pencil drawing so that all that remains is a paper filled with patterns in the shape of their original drawing. It is a very impressive project when finished yet very simple to do.