Isn’t this great? A rectangle traced over and over, colored with a limited color scheme. Simple, effective, and captivating.
In today’s class we talked about the difference between pictures(something that looks like something) and designs(anything else). This is a somewhat simple way of analyzing something on a page but for the purposes of young students, it works ok. The students made repeated designs today; random, orderly, overlap and no overlap. I do this project with just about all age levels, a lot of good concepts and vocabulary words are covered this way. The other words/concepts that I introduce are, sketch(which I define as a practice drawing), finished drawing, and drawing lightly. Since the students are drawing/sketching 4 different designs, I tell them to pick the best one and make it a finished drawing. We also talk about drawing lightly for the sketch and making the lines darker for the finished drawing.
It’s a lot to get across and usually the above concepts are covered and thrashed on repeatedly.
To reiterate, the concepts we covered were; repeated designs, overlap, no overlap, random, orderly, sketch, finished drawing, drawing lightly, and the difference between a picture and a design. I don’t expect the very young to really do this and remember it all in one lesson, but the concepts a useful and can be gone over as time permits.
Another eye catching and simple design based upon tracing a rectangle and coloring in the overlaps. Lots of colors!
Some more repeated designs.