Leadership Apprentice – March 21, 2024

DESIGN BASICS PART V – Pattern and Rhythm

Are you ready?  We are going to talk about PATTERNS and RHYTHM in art. We’ve talked about the ELEMENTS that are used to create a design. Last month we learned about Focus & Emphasis. This month we will learn how the importance of Patterns and Rhythm.


Elder Bednar talks about Patterns of Light and how revelation works. How can this talk translate to thinking about visual art and design? How can recognizing, understanding, and using patterns help you communicate your ideas?

What is a PATTERN? A pattern in an artwork is created by repeating or echoing the visual elements (such as line, shape, color, form, texture) in a recurring arrangement. DID YOU KNOW? The human brain is able to recognize patterns by sight, sound, and smell, this allows our brains to take in and quickly understand our environment.

How about RHYTHM? Rhythm creates an underlying beat that suggests movement or action in an artwork. Artists may use lines, shapes, color, brushstrokes, light, space and other techniques to create a visual beat and a path that they want the viewer’s eye to follow in their painting or drawing.

As with many other principles of art- different artists define pattern and rhythm differently. So we are going to learn from a lot of different folks today—take what you want from them. The important thing is that you have an understanding of what what they are saying and you understand the basics and not get too stuck on the specifics.

Watch these:

Okay- There was a lot of information there, some of them agreed with each other, some not so much. I really enjoyed the musical explorations of rhythm.

Look around: Look at stuff around you. Look at nature, architecture, landscaping, websites, books, movies. Where do you see patterns? Where do you see rhythm? How do these art principles help you to enjoy the things you see? If you go to the temple, do you see patterns? Are there repeated elements in the architecture or decor? What motifs do you see? A motif is a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition. Most temples have a specific motif incorporated throughout the design of the temple. Look at this article. Click through the pictures – they all have multiple examples. Which one is your favorite? Why do you think the temples use a repeated motif and patterns in their decor and architecture?

FIND: Look for other examples of design that utilize patterns or have a noticeable rhythm.

  1. Bring 3 examples to class with you. Be prepared to explain what type of rhythm or pattern they have.


CREATE: Make a tessellation. How-to Videos included below. Learn from it. Make another one. Tessellations that wow me will earn multiple vanbucks.


  HAVE FUN!! Design is fun. 

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