Form

Unit 2 (was Language of Design)

PROJECT 1: SCALE AND PROPORTION

GOAL: Understand that proportion is the ratio of the parts to the whole. Understand that scale relates to the size of a design in relation to the surrounding area in which it is placed.


  1. With a ruler, make a 20 x 20 rectangle to create a border on one (1) 16 x 20 inch piece of white paper
  2. Arrange at least 20, 2” (inch) squares you will cut from black construction paper.
  • If Scale refers to the size and Proportion refers to the relative size, which Principles of Design will be used to create a sense of scale and proportion?


PROJECT 2: CONTRAST PATTERN AND SHAPE

GOAL: Use contrast to attract attention. Visually explore pattern, shape, proximity & balance to create an unusual and eye-catching design. (Fibonacci activity)


  1. With a ruler, make a 20 x 20 rectangle to create a border.
  2. On one (1) 16 x 20 inch piece of white paper arrange different sizes of black and gray (use minimum of 2 shapes)
    1. squares
    2. rectangles
    3. triangles
    4. circles
    5. your own shape
  3. The black and gray shapes can but are not limited to
    1. touching
    2. overlapping
    3. butting against each other


PROJECT 3: BALANCE & PROXIMITY

GOAL: The use of balance works to guide the viewer's eye to important components of the image. The use of balance affects the tone or communicates information or emotional content to the viewer. (does the balance evoke anger or is it pleasing?)


  1. On one (1) 16 x 20 inch piece of white paper repeat a basic motif of ordinary tools or kitchen appliances out of black construction paper.
  2. Simplify the shape by leaving out small details.
  3. Make the negative areas black and leave the positive areas white.
  4. Parts of the motif shape may overlap.
  5. With a ruler, make a 20"x20" rectangle to create a border.



PROJECT 4: PATTERN AND EMPHASIS

GOAL: Using a pattern found in nature, transform what you see into a design. Visually explore flow, rhythm, detail & lines. Do you want the background simple or complex?

  1. On one (1) 16 x 20 inch piece of white paper, draw straight and curved lines to create a patterned design with an emphasis.
  2. With a ruler, make a 20 x 20 rectangle to create a border.
  3. Materials include (you do not have to use color):
    1. Ruler
    2. Compass
    3. Sharpie
    4. Pencil/Colored pencil


Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant [1 of 3]

WHAT I LOOK FOR


  • Neatness, craftsmanship and classroom behavior.
  • Does the student recognize the elements of composition in a work of art?
  • Can the student execute works of art that demonstrate the use of the elements of composition?