The author provides the ways in which children's knowledge of visual elements of art can be developed through simple but creative activities.



Pattern in art and craft is often thought of as one of the visual elements, but like texture it is not a simple property. Most people's everyday environment has many patterns in it and we have an apparently inborn tendency to look for them, which may explain their very deep appeal to both children and adults. There are many different kinds of pattern, both natural and man-made. In mathematics, for example, children may look for and use patterns in number, but in art and craft we are concerned with visual patterns, perceived when objects, marks or shapes are arranged in space in particular ways. Patterns are generated by forms in three-dimensional space, as for example in the branching of trees, but these are rarely ...

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