Pattern Drawings

Miss Meyer

Choose One Project

This project will demonstrate your understanding of pattern. This projects requires you to use your knowledge of the elements of art to create an original pattern drawing.

Organic Pattern Drawing

Organic Pattern Drawing: Directions

Plan Motifs for Your Pattern

A motif is a unit that repeats itself throughout a pattern. The motif for this assignment should be organic/free-flowing.

Plan Your Motif

1. Practice drawing lines, waves and curle.

2. Look for a motif that you can color in an interesting way and build detail into.

Drawing Your Final Motif

3. Choose a motif that you can draw many times seamlessly.

  • The motif should have no clear starting and stopping point.

4. Draw your motif in pencil, fill the entire page

5. Trace your lines in sharpie or a thin marker

6. Erase pencil lines

7. Add color (colored pencil, markers, or watercolor)

8. Add more intricate (detailed) designs in a consistent manner if desired

Pattern Grid

Pattern Grid: Directions

Plan Motifs for Your Pattern

1. Create about five original motifs in individual squares

  • Circles, half-moons, diamonds, triangles, letters, numbers, logos, or any other shapes will work well.

2. Make sure that your motifs touch all four sides of the boxes or else you won’t be able to form the pattern.

  • Circles, half-moons, diamonds, triangles, letters, numbers, logos, or any other shapes will work well.
  • Make sure that your motifs touch all four sides of the boxes or else you won’t be able to form the pattern.

2. Decide the order you will draw the motifs on your final draft

  • ·It helps to assign each motif a number, so you can number our grid before drawing

Completing Your Pattern

4. Choose a piece of white or colored paper for your pattern.

  • White paper can be easier to work with because you can see through it---you can easily trace your motifs by placing your key beneath the paper.

  • Colored paper is a bit more challenging since you must rely on your eye for accuracy in the repetition of motifs.

5. Use your ruler to make one inch tick marks on all four sides of the paper so that you can connect the dots to accurately draw one inch squares that fill your entire paper.

  • Draw the lines as lightly as possible---they will be erased at the end.

  • If after marking your squares, you have extra at one or both of your paper’s edges, just trim it with the paper cutter so that all you can see are complete squares covering your paper.

6. Looking at your motif practice sheet, draw each the motifs of your choice in the proper box in with pencil.

  • Be sure to draw each individual motif the same way you drew it in your key.

  • Always use the key as a reference each time you draw a motif rather than looking at the previous row of your pattern.

7. Using sharpie markers or colored pencils, color each motif the same way, completing the pattern.

8. Erase the pencil grid lines after you have completed coloring.

9. Add more intricate (detailed) designs in a consistent manner if desired.