The Allen Gallery welcomes young visitors to study our permanent display of ceramics and to visit our regular changing exhibitions in the special exhibitions area of the Gallery. Our special exhibitions often have specific opportunities for schools.
This session supports Art and Design QCA Unit 3B Investigating Pattern and visual and tactile elements of Art and Design in the National Curriculum
During the session you will investigate pattern using special resources in the Gallery as well as items on permanent display in the Gallery. You will mainly be working in three groups; the Interpreter-Demonstrator will facilitate the session but adult helpers will lead each individual group. It’s helpful for the Interpreter-Demonstrator if pupils are wearing name stickers
To become familiar with different aspects of patterns including how they are made and where they are found through a range of activities including sorting, finding, describing and listening.
Welcome to the Allen Gallery, introduction to the gallery and the session.
Brief discussion on patterns and motifs
Class divides into groups and rotates around activities:
Conclusion Class comes back together to discuss what they’ve found out and then chooses a motif from the Gallery’s tile collection to sketch to take back to school to create patterns
We would be very grateful if you could complete and return the evaluation form you are given on arrival at your earliest convenience.
You will shortly be visiting the Allen Gallery in Alton for two hours to support the delivery of a session called Exploring Pattern. This session has been devised and developed especially for year 3, 4, 5 & 6 pupils.
You will be supporting and leading a small group of pupils as they try activities throughout the Gallery; an Interpreter-Demonstrator will oversee the session by moving from group to group to support you.
On arrival the Interpreter-Demonstrator will meet you and introduce you to the Allen Gallery and give you a brief introduction to the session. They will also take the whole class on a brief walk around the whole building – there are two floors.
The Interpreter-Demonstrator will introduce the session by discussing pattern and motifs. The class will then divide into groups to carry out a total of 6 activities. The activities are:
At the end of the activities pupils will be invited to spend 5 mins sketching a motif from our tile collection to take back to school for follow-up work on patterns.
Please note: there are no public toilets at the Allen Gallery. However, the staff are happy for visiting pupils to use their toilet facilities during their visit. The Interpreter-Demonstrator will explain where they are during their introduction.
A discussion on what a gallery or a museum is, what they do, what you can see there, who goes to museums and why may be a useful starting point. The information below may help
It would be useful if pupils are familiar with some words and their meanings, like pattern and motif.
Invite pupils to bring in their favourite item of clothing and lay them all out to look at. Discuss how they are decorated – are they one colour? Striped? Spots? A repeated pattern? Is there a motif?
You might like to introduce the idea of “pattern” as something which doesn’t have to be seen. Listen to a piece of music which has a repeated phrase or create a piece of music as a class using different instruments.
Give each pupil a sheet of A4 or A3 paper which has been divided into a series of equally sized squares, so it’s a grid. Now give them lots of copies of the same shape – clubs, spades, hearts, diamonds, circles, triangles etc and invite them to create a pattern.
Go back to the idea of musical patterns and divide the class up into different groups of instruments, with each instrument having a different symbol e.g. triangles could be a triangle, tambourines could be circle, claves could be a square etc.
Create a piece of music with lots of repeated phrases and write the music down by sticking the symbols on the wall in the right order; you can do this on a large grid format. This will act as a sheet of music to read as well as be a visual pattern.
How to book a visit to a community museum gives you step-by-step guidelines – simply note the name of the session you would like, the museum’s telephone number and see the guidelines.