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Have you noticed the increasing amount of insects when you have been outside recently?
There is an astonishing array of artwork depicting insects which shows how human beings have spent time appreciating these tiny creatures, and it is a reminder to celebrate and respect them. Ladybirds and dragonflies, moths and bees, woodlice and crickets, beetles and spiders galore flutter or scuttle through paintings and drawings. Insects make up the majority of creatures that live on land, and provide crucial benefits to many other species, including humans. They provide food for birds, bats and small mammals, and they pollinate around 75 per cent of the crops in the world by replenishing soils.
How will they inspire you?
Both natural and man-made patterns can be regular or irregular, organic or geometric, structural or decorative, positive or negative and repeating or random.
There are two basic types of pattern in art: Natural Pattern and Man-Made.
Pattern in art is often based on the inspiration we get from observing the natural patterns that occur in nature. We can see these in the shape of a leaf and the branches of a tree, the structure of a crystal, the spiral of a shell, the symmetry of a snowflake and the camouflage and signalling patterns on animals, fish and insects.
A new mural has appeared under London's famous Waterloo Bridge.
Created by British artist Lionel Stanhope, the mural pays tribute to NHS 'heroes' during the coronavirus pandemic.