Title - Looking at & responding to paintings

What are pattern and shape?
A pattern is made when a group of shapes or lines are joined together. A shape is an area enclosed by a line or mark. A shape can be abstract - it does not have to look like something that you recognise. Any shape will look more interesting if colour and texture are added. Patterns can be natural or manmade. Look below at some of the many patterns found in nature.

Pattern found in nature

Cracked earth pattern   Honeycomb pattern  

Pattern in a dry river bed

Honeycomb Pattern
Pattern made by logs
Cloud pattern
Pattern made by logs
Pattern made by clouds
Pattern made by flowers
Pattern made by trees
Pattern made by flowers
Pattern made by trees

Learn how repetition makes a pattern at the Artist's Toolkit


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