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April Art Display: The Power of Pattern

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April Art Display: The Power of Pattern

Students at Burnett Hill, Collins, and Mount Pleasant Elementary Schools examined patterns, an important principle of design and explored how patterns can make a big impact on their art. Not only are patterns everywhere including nature and math, but they are a way for artists to create a sense of order, balance and structure in a composition. 

Take a visual journey with the students into this essential artistic element and prepare to be mesmerized by their powerful patterns, as displayed in the Livingston Library’s display case.

Fifth grade students at Collins and Mount Pleasant Elementary Schools explored the art of zentangles.  Zentangles are abstract works of art created by a collection of patterns. Each pattern was carefully drawn and designed with a sharpie marker. Once these intricate patterns were developed, students transformed their work into a relief sculpture. To draw more attention to their patterns, students overlapped their work and created areas of high and low relief. They also examined the patterned sculptures of Detroit based artist, Charles McGee for further inspiration. 

Fifth graders at Collins also explored printmaking using their name as their design! Students observed and drew inspiration from the radial balance of Mandalas. Students carved their names into their printing block and printed it four times using reflectional symmetry. Using patterns, they decorated their designs with metallic colors. 

Third graders at Burnet Hill and Mount Pleasant Elementary Schools explored the elements of art which were shape, color, and patterns as they observed art from a contemporary artist, Mike Perry.  Students experimented with multiple colors and created a watercolor wash for their background and then were able to add geometric and organic shapes on their watercolor paper, then patterns were added in by using thin sharpies and finally black sharpies were used to color in the background behind their organic and geometric shapes. 

These artworks were prepared under the guidance of art teachers Alicia Ferrell (Collins & MPE), Mellisa Mondanaro (Collins), Krista Fitzgerald (MPE & Burnet Hill), and Jordan Dineen (MPE & Burnet Hill).

This eye catching exhibit will be on display during Library hours until April 27th.

Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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