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Build creative and analytical thinking with digital pattern play

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 14, 2014 3:40:00 PM

"Attention to possibilities leads to intention for possibilities, which equals creativity."
                                                                              --Dr. Henry Olds


Ever since Dr. Henry Olds shared his amazing patterning process in our booth at NECC (now ISTE) in 1999, I have been loved playing with the possibilities in Pixie and now Wixie. I am constantly encouraged to pattern play whenever I look at the calendar on my desk which is filled with Dr. Old's latest patterning favorites.
 

Dr. Henry Olds's 2014 Pattern Play calendar


Dr. Olds and Dr. Walter F. Drew have been working with kids and patterning activities since the mid-80's and have discovered how powerful pattern play is as a tool to build both analytical and creative thinking skills.

The Stickers Library in Wixie and Pixie includes a Pattern Play folder to make it easy to get started with the process.

Pattern Play stickers folder

 
Click the Stickers/Library button to see the library. Open the Objects folder and then the Pattern Play folder or search for "pattern" at the bottom of the Library panel. Find a pattern "tile" you want to play with and add it to the page.

Drought tile

Copy and paste, or duplicate the image, using the Edit button on the Wixie toolbar. You can also hold down the ALT key (Windows) or Option key (OSX) and drag the tile to a new place on the page to create a copy.

To begin building a visual relationship between the two pieces, move the stickers next to each other. Click the Options button on the toolbar and click the Rotate and Flip buttons to mirror the tiles and find patterns of line, light, contrast, and color.
 

Options for stickers and image objects


Select each piece, or groups of pieces, and continue copying, pasting, and arranging to extend the pattern. 

start to the pattern

Repeat and build upon this process to build your pattern!
 

Pattern Next
You can also create your own pattern play pieces. Open a photograph or photographic background and use the Rectangle Selection tool to select an area and create your tile. 

  • In Wixie, go to the Edit button on the toolbar and choose Convert to Sticker.

  • In Pixie, go to the Options menu and choose Convert to Sticker.

Once you have your tile, start playing.
 

Pattern play with image of dead tree


I can't wait to see the results of your pattern play!

 Melinda

Topics: creativity, creative, tessellation

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