Patterns can be found throughout nature and the built environment. Repetition, rhythm, and harmony can be found in earth’s natural environments; tree bark, ripples in the water, petals and leaves, are a few examples. Architecture and product design also incorporate patterns.

In addition to establishing visual relationships, patterns placed throughout an artwork can induce the viewer’s eyes to move around in a composition as they "follow" the pattern.

Look at each of these pieces of art. Make a table and beside the name of each painting, give a brief description of any patterns you see in the work. Then, in a third column, write down how the patterns you perceive affect you, the viewer.

Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores; Department of Canadian Heritage; U.S. Department of State
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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