Patterns from Around the World

Patterns from Around the World

8-10 yrs old

Art and Design


Religion & Philosophy

Working in groups, students will research and recreate patterns from different cultures around the world.

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April 19, 2018


  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity

Learning Objectives

  • OH2PE Develop awareness and articulate various functions of art.
  • OH3PE Connect science and technology with the development of art in various cultures.
  • OH5PR Collaborate to create a thematic work that combines visual art with other arts disciplines.
  • OH2RE Explain and defend their artistic decisions using visual art vocabulary.

Guiding Ideas

**What do the patterns in the artwork tell me about a culture and their beliefs?

Each group will receive a piece of artwork from a region of the world.  They will need to analyze the piece noting the colors, shapes, and patterns used.  The group will then begin determining where geographically the artwork might be from.  Once, the location is decided upon, the students will find historical information about the culture, their beliefs and how art/patterns were used in that culture.

Student Activities

Split class into groups of 4, within each group assign a presenter, secretary, researcher and time keeper.

Each group will receive their artwork and a list of locations from around the world (this will help narrow down their research).

On a large sheet of paper, they will attach their image and in each corner of the paper write the headings of "see", "think" and "wonder".  Each area they will write what they saw in the artwork, what they thought and what they wondered.


Drawing the details, referencing the picture, and also looking at researched photographs students will choose a pattern to work on for preliminary drawings

Students will first draw out their patterns on grid paper, no color needed yet.  They will need to pay attention to scale and detail.


Performance Expectations

1.  Did the student collaborate and communicate in a mature and productive manner?

2. Did the student show an understanding of how the patterns were used in a particular culture?

3. Did the student make preliminary drawings on graph paper prior to moving on to digital designs?

4.  Was the student able to describe proportions and measurements using non-standard units of measurement?



  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity