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Play With Patterns

Use what you’ve learned about decorative designs to make a bold artwork

Studio Project Prompt:

Create a dynamic composition using pattern, texture, and shape.


  • Design a composition featuring one or more figures.
  • Carefully observe your subject and include realistic areas in your work.
  • Explore contrast and juxtaposition by experimenting with realism, decorative design, and pattern.
  • Use a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage.

Before you begin, check out these examples by the students at Jersey City Arts in Jersey City, New Jersey!

Prepared by Prepared by Peter Yuscavage, Jersey City Arts, Jersey City, New Jersey

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