The third grade students started out the year by learning how to create decorative patterns by repeating shapes. The students practiced making these patterns, which we called "doodle art" by drawing at least four of the same shape, such as four squares, then adding the same detail to each square to create an interesting repetitive pattern.
After practicing this technique and creating at least 6 unique patterns, the students drew a large bubble letter of the first letter of their first name. We discussed positive and negative space and the students had to decide whether to fill the inside or outside of their letter with doodles and which area became positive and negative space. Using sharpies, the third graders filled the space with these 'doodle art' patterns that they had created.
Once the area was filled with doodle art, the students selected four colors and used colored pencil to fill in the doodles.