Lesson 2: Singular Image to Endless Pattern (Part 2 of 2)


The Fabric Workshop and Museum is known for our Apprentice Programs, where emerging artists learn how to design and print large-scale, repeat patterns on fabric. Learn the amazing process of transforming a single image into a repeat pattern while exploring concepts of fluidity, rhythm, and balance. This lesson can be done in stages and has 5 parts. A teacher or individual could adopt this lesson into several days of exercises or one intensive day of learning.


Instructor: Ash Limés Castellana

This is part 2 of 2 lessons exploring pattern design for screenprinting at FWM. This lesson is recommended to be taken after “Drawing for Pattern Design (learn more here).”  

Lesson 2 includes:  

  • Three Video tutorials (45 min total) 
    • Main Video (15 min) Lesson on Pattern and identifying repeat patterns, repeat width and jog line 
    • Video A (12 min)– How to make a 4-way repeat pattern on paper tutorial  
    • Video B (18 min)– How to tile a pattern and find the jog line 
  • PDF with slides and links to resources
  • Bonus Design Challenges:  
    • Applying your pattern to a surface or object 
    • Reimagining a Found Pattern 

Materials Needed:  

  • Pencil 
  • Eraser 
  • 5-10 sheets of 8.5” x 11” paper 
  • Masking tape or clear scotch tape 
  • Black drawing materials (pen, ink, crayon, charcoal, etc.)  
  • Scissors or x-acto knife 
  • Ruler 
  • Tracing Paper  
  • Colored Pencils  
  • Optional: Transfer paper, copier, printer, scanner, camera phone or digital camera.