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Pattern to Picture Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 18 pages | Years: 2 - 5

A fun art activity to experiment with the use of line and pattern.

Use this teaching resource when studying line as one of the Elements of Visual Art. There are two different templates to choose from – a cat and a robot.

This is a collaborative art activity where all students contribute to one finished piece of art.

Print your chosen template for the class and cut the pieces along the dotted line. If you would like to provide students with a larger piece to draw on, photocopy the template pages onto A3 paper before cutting.

Before commencing the activity, decide on the medium of choice i.e. either all students will use marker pens or all students will use coloured pencils. No black is to be used.

For greatest engagement in the activity, do not reveal the subject to the students – it is more exciting to discover they have made a cat or a robot!

Distribute a piece of the template to each student. There is a right side and a wrong side to each piece. The right side has a number written in the bottom right corner. Students turn the paper over and lightly record this number in lead pencil on the wrong side of the paper. (This is just in case the number becomes obscured by their drawing). Students then flip the piece back and begin drawing their lines and patterns.

Once students have completed their work, the teacher assembles the pieces together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

Use the Teacher Guide (which includes a numbering scheme) to assemble.

Prepare a backing mount for the finished artwork to be displayed.

Further instructions are included with the resource.


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  • Sarah Robinson

    I quickly printed this off for a last minute relief job. Worked from reception to year 4. Great interactive arts lesson

    • Janeen

      Hi Sarah So pleased to hear this resource went well for you. Thank you for your positive feedback! Kind regards Janeen

  • annew465

    I have also jus downloaded this resource and only get one page...the teacher guide and templates. Please confirm whether the activity instrucitons should also be included. Thanks

    • Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hi Anne, thank you for reaching out to us. We have identified the error and it has now been fixed. If you need anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Caitlin Noonan

    I love doing this with crayons and then doing a water colour background to make it pop!

    • Janeen

      Hi Caitlin So glad you like the resource. That is also a great idea to do a wash over the top. Enjoy! Cheers Janeen