Exploring Nature and Pattern Through Art


What is your favourite pattern?

Ruskin thought that people were happier when they had paintings and objects that showed the patterns of nature. He wanted our everyday world and the objects around us to reflect the beautiful natural world.

Have you ever noticed that the colours, textures and patterns of nature are copied in many decorations, ornaments, art and buildings?

There are sculptures in the Ruskin gallery that you can touch, to think about the similarities and differences between wood, rock, glass, clay, plastic and metal.  How do they feel?

Look at the sculpture 'Nature Water' on the wall of the Ruskin gallery. What patterns can you see here?

Look down at the floor. Can you see patterns of nature in the floor tiles?

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