International Journal of Art & Design Education

Patterning as an Important Strategy in Fostering Artistic Development

Volume 5.3   1986



Patterning of skills is discussed as an important strategy in the teaching of art, most significantly in the initial stages of artistic development. It is argued that acquiring basic skills through patterning enables the child to then engage with more advanced and complex processes. As a system it is considered in relation to debates surrounding children’s artistic development, in particular those relating to guiding development through imitation and copying. Arguments in favour of patterning are framed in light of both historical precedents in art education and in its application in other fields (namely anthropology, cognitive psychology and therapy) and discussion of its use in different art educational contexts.