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Dogsthorpe Academy

Formal Elements of Art

Formal elements of Art – Autumn 1

In this unit Year 4 will be exploring texture and pattern – developing a range of mark-making techniques, making and printing with textured stamps for printing, drawing ‘flip’ patterns and recreating a famous geometric pattern.


Year 4 have started this unit by exploring different mark makings with charcoal and white chalk to create light and dark.  


After experimenting with the different marks that charcoal can make, the children were challenged to represent the meaning of a given list of words and phrases, in an abstract way.



Year 4 have imprinted texture and pattern into a piece of play-dough using a selection of clay tools and everyday objects.  They then created prints from their blocks by applying ink to the surface and placing a piece of paper on top.



Drawing around geometric shapes onto polystyrene foam, children will then make a stamp to create repeating patterns, varying configurations and their use of colour. 



After this, the children will then draw and image and then select a small section of a quadrant, they continue flipping and tracing into the next square of the quadrant until the 'flip pattern' is complete. 



The Year 4 children, will then use a compass and following precise instructions, will make an image of overlapping and interconnected circles to recreate the sacred geometric symbol, 'the flower of life.'