A few weeks ago I worked with the gifted kids “one day school” at Miramar Central School and their wonderful teacher Nomi. For the two different groups I ran a few different workshop activities focusing on creating patterns while playing with the shape systems developed for my ice berg works. In the first week we used only paper and plastic strapping and staplers and talked about Antarctica, ice, exploration, brine tubes and pattern. In the second week, using drawing that referenced the shapes used the previous week, I showed the students how to generate a motif that can then be developed into a repeat pattern. This technique is used in surface pattern design – ie for textiles, wallpaper and wrapping paper etc. The kids took to all activities with such gusto – so much so, we kept running out of time. I could have easily worked with the kids for a full day each time rather than 1.5hr sessions!

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