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Graphic Shapes

Design 1

Design 1 offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental elements of two-dimensional design. Students will explore key concepts such as shape, value, line, texture, pattern, and color, and learn how to apply these elements effectively in their artwork. Design 1 emphasizes the understanding and utilization of organizational principles including balance, harmony, unity, variety, repetition, rhythm, movement, and emphasis to create visually compelling compositions. Through hands-on experience with a variety of 2D media, students will develop the skills to bring a design concept from initial idea to polished completion.

////Wassily Kandinsky Inspired Composition

This assignment is based on our lecture and discussion on Wassily Kandinsky. Think about Kandinsky's use of color, line , shape, texture, movement, pattern, balance and composition.

Please do the following:

1- Use your sketchpad. The work must be at least 11" x 17" no smaller.

2- Research the work of Wassily Kandinsky for inspiration.

3- Think and follow the principals and elements of design as you create your composition.

4- Be very neat as you ink and color your work. Take your time and work on your craft. 

5- Use a ruler to follow straight lines, do not free hand it.

6- Use markers to add color.

7- Give your work a name.

////Sample of student work

////Assessment and feed back on all 

Design 1 student work

In my Design classes I prefer to give in class verbal feedback/crit. It is a valuable tool for design students to receive a crit. It can help them to develop their communication skills, improve their design skills, and explore their creativity.Therefore, when giving feedback on their work, there are several key things I look for.

////Assignment Rubric

Things I consider when giving a crit in class:

Attention to detail: Are there any small mistakes or oversights in the design that need to be corrected? Are all elements of the design consistent?

Originality: Does the design show creativity and originality? Is it different from

other similar designs that already exist?

Adherence to design principles: Does the design follow basic design principles such as balance, contrast, alignment, and repetition?

Use of color: Are the color choices effective and appropriate for the design's purpose?

Appeal: Is it engaging and visually interesting?

////Piet Mondrian inspired cube final

In this project, students will design a 3-inch cube where each face is a canvas for creativity, inspired by the iconic style of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. The challenge is to create a cohesive and neat composition across all six sides of the cube. Students will use paper from their sketch pads and are restricted to employing only squares and rectangles in their designs. The use of line is essential, and color should be a focal point, with a preference for primary colors (red, yellow, and blue), reminiscent of Mondrian's famous palette, along with black and white. This project not only tests the students' design skills but also their ability to distill Mondrian's abstract, yet harmonious style into a three-dimensional object.

////Trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

Our trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art consisted in a self directed exploration of particular pieces in the museum. Students were given a list of art works with pictures that they had to find, observe, think about and connect with. All works were based on class lectures and discussions.

////List of Museum Art Works

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