Beads and Seeds, Grid Design Challenge

Appropriate for grades:
Subject areas: History and Social Studies Mathematics Science Visual and Performing Arts

Explore creative connections between patterns, sequence, numbers and colors found in beadwork, and in nature. Students will use observation skills and sketches to problem-solve, design and create a grid for a pixel-inspired project to hold seeds.

Teaching / Learning Goals:

Teachers and students will …


  • To understand how nature has inspired artists, scientists and engineers throughout the ages (historical and cultural understanding).
  • To observe pattern, symmetry, structure, shape, form and function, students will be able to make connections between art and botany (perceiving, analyzing and responding).
  • To create a grid design inspired by art and nature to transfer to a pixel-inspired bead pattern for placement on seed box storage container (creating and performing).

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