Vital Patterns – Travelling Exhibition (TREX)
In visual art, repeating shapes, colours, and lines can provide balance to a piece. A visual pattern can provide a sense of movement as the shapes and lines unfold, or it can lend a sense of stability. Pattern can also be presented in art through a thematic motif. Many artists use thematic motifs, referencing the same theme or idea multiple times in the same work or body of works, in order to create meaning, narrative, and unity.
The works in the travelling exhibition Vital Patterns include both types of patterns; the pieces all include aesthetic reference to natural forms built on visual repetition, but they also often seek to use these repeating forms symbolically.
This exhibition features artworks from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts(AFA) collection and includes artists Clint Wilson, Doris Freadrich, April Dean, and William Laing.
Art at Home Ideas
What can you use to make patterns in the snow?
What natural patterns can you find outside and what patterns can you create in your own backyard?
Art at Home Links and Resources
Click the image below to explore and study. Students will observe patterns that occur naturally in the environment and then create their own nature mandalas. This package was created targeting grades 1 – 12 Program of Studies for Alberta Education.
Artist Simon Beck uses snowshoes to create huge stunning patterns in the snow.
Click the image below to view or download the exhibition guide
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