Digital Photography: Patterns In the Environment

Patterns can be seen everywhere.

A pattern can simply be an object or design that reoccurs at a sequence,

such as fences, walls, staircases, railroad tracks, etc.

We captured some great examples of repeating patterns that we found in the environment:


The Ryerson Student Learning Centre

The Art Gallery Of Ontario (AGO)

The Art Gallery Of Ontario (AGO)


A condominium on Byng Street, North York

Before capturing these photos, we never thought of stopping purposely to look for patterns that could possibly be around us. We all found very nice patterns through architecture because we also get caught in this busy environment. We cansee that the patterns of all three pictures are repetitive and symmetrical. It caught me off guard of how the city changes completely when I look at it from a different perspective. Perhaps the next time when you walk on the street, try to look around your surroundings and see if you can spot any patterns. You’ll be amazed by what you see!

The ability of pattern recognition not only enriches children’s artwork, it also enhances children’s reading and mathematical skills (Schirrmacher & Fox, 2012). In fact, combining art with math may create a new experience for children to learn about patterns and through communication, they will learn new vocabularies. To achieve that goal, there are many materials that can be used to engage children in recognizing and creating patterns through art. From Gina’s previous placement experience, she implemented an art activity called “Duplo painting” (Click here to see where Gina got the idea from!). Children were given different sizes of Lego blocks and used them as stamps to print on papers. Children were able to create a pattern using different forms such as shapes, lines, colors that moves across the paper. Below are some beautiful artworks that the children from Gina’s previous placement have made.

      IMG_0988     IMG_0987

♥ Gina ♥

Schirrmacher, R., & Fox, J.E. (2012). Art and creative development for young children (7thEd.). Belmont, CA: Delmar.

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