thanks for the 7 motifs - once a long time ago I had a book called 'patterns in nature' - by Kim Taylor. The patterns in the book were:
ring, spiral, radial, overlapping, repeating, stripe, branching and symmetrical.... good for the doodling/zen thing too...
From: Amy Broady [email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 11:42 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Zentangles...& the 7 Motifs
Thanks for responding, Terrence. I think that that it's important to give
kids the opportunity and "tools" to learn how to generate abstract design in
addition to representational images. And how to embellish a recognizable
image to make it more expressive, ornamental, individual, etc.
I enjoy teaching my students "the 7 Motifs" (straight line, zigzag, circle,
half circle, S-curve, wavy line, and spiral) that American Artist Walter
Anderson employed, based on A Method for Creative Design by Adolfo Best