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Turtle textures – exploring pattern

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By Jane Bower a specialist primary teacher in art and drama.

The natural world can provide a stunning source of patterns, textures and shapes that make great starting points for art activities.

Objectives

  • Record from first-hand observation, experience and imagination.
  • Investigate the possibilities of a range of materials and processes.
  • Explore shape, form and texture.

NC/QCA links: Art 1a, b; 2a-c; 3a, b; 4a-c.

Unit 1C (What is sculpture?); Unit 2B (Mother nature, designer).

The natural world can provide a stunning source of patterns, textures and shapes that make great starting points for art activities. In the following session (suitable for all year groups), children are asked to make clay turtles – using their sculpting skills to create patterned shells and textured skin.

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