Outside on the lawn of her mansion Abigail is playing around with fabrics in all kinds of colors. When she spots you, she invites you over for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

During your conversation she asks you to help her design the new fall collection inspired by patterns and the theme of “Independence”.

Patterns are all around us. The camera lets you capture them and Keynote turns them into mathematics, arts and eventually clothing.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

First open your camera app and look around. What kind of patterns can you detect. Take a picture of them.

Open Keynote and start from a blank new template.

Delete any of the remaining text boxes.

Then tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner to add  shapes.

Play around with the shapes by uniting, subtracting or intersecting them. Create new shapes.

TIP: Save your shapes to your library to use them over and over again.

After this it is time to insert the patterns and bring these creations to life.

Tap on the shape and then on the paintbrush. Go to Style and choose an image for the filling. Select one of your pattern images and adjust where necessary.

Share your results.

Going Further.

Abigail Adams would have been proud of you. Take this activity a step further and add drawings or export it as a line drawing video or animated GIF.

This is one of the activities that educators can participate in during The Playground at ISTE.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

Everyone Can Create

Have fun!