CLASS 5 | May 16th

Welcome to Class #5.

Agenda for today:
• Engagement exercise
• Show and Tell: Quinne
• Assignment #3 Review
• Terms and descriptions
• Symmetry Sess
• Assignment # 4 brief

• Assignment #3 review

• Terms and Descriptions

Today we are taking a closer look at Design Elements & Principals Part I

Design elements are what make up a composition, the Design Principals are how we can manipulate the elements to create engaging, impactful and meaningful creations that convey a message or communicate a feeling/emotion.

The Design Elements are:
Point: indicates position, has no length or breadth, is the begining and end of a line
Line: As a point moves, its path becomes a line, it forms the border of a plane
Plane: The path of a line, bound by lines, it defines the external limits of volume

These four elements are also forms. They occupy a certain space, have certain qualities and can take on shapes to be used as forms.
The characteristics of form using lines points and planes are:

Form as a point: relatively small, simple, not directional and compact
Form as a line: has length, little breadth, generally conveys thinness
The overall shape> describes it’s appearance in general: straight curved, bent, irregular
The body> the space between the two edges: tapered, knotty, wavy, irregular
The extremities> the points at each end may take a shape: pointed, square, round.
From as a Plane: all flat forms that are not commonly recognized as points or lines are plane forms. There are several variations of planar forms
Geometric> constructed mathematically
Organic> free curves, fluid
Rectalinear> bound by straight lines with no relationship
Irregular> not related straight and curved lines
Hand drawn > created with the unaided hand/calligraphic
Accidental> obtained accidentally or by using specific materials

Here is a list of Design Principals in a PDF sheet
Refer to this for future assignments and exercises

Composition refers to the visual structure and organization of elements within a design. It concerns the process of combining distinct parts or elements to form a whole. Composition involves seeing the whole as greater than it’s parts, and is just as important as the individual elements that make up the design.**

Form and space
A form is always experienced in relation to the space it occupies and to other forms that may be present in the format.

Space is the blank area that surrounds or occupies the forms. The use of this space directly influences the effect of the forms and the impact the composition will have on the viewer.

Ground: The page, surface or area that forms occupy

Gestalt Psychology:
A theory that suggests that the mind perceives and organizes holistically and finds patterns in that which appears to be unconnected.

Law of Closure: Lets watch this video to learn more

And just for fun…

• Symmetry Sess (& Reading II) 
In your pair,  please read this article on symmetry and any others you can find linked and through google.
Each pair share their key findings on your assigned topic and share with the class through several diagrams and a Haiku that sums up your key points.
(The haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables and line three has 5 syllables.)

Your presentation should be no longer than 4min.

Quinn and Alex: Visual balance and it’s importance.

Stephany and Eileen: Symmetry

Pam and Noriko: Asymmetry

















TO DO’s | For Next class Due 1pm Thursday May 18th

• Assignment #4: (Title it: Your name | Assignment #4)

Applying the information you have acquired in todays class (& refer to Design Principals PDF), create interesting and engaging compositions using only lines. Demonstrate various methods of manipulating lines and exploring visual balance to produce expressive, loose and lively interpretations of the following words:
– Fast
– Bright
– Lost
– Heavy

Some ways you can manipulate lines: Curving, bending, changing thickness, solid, broken, spiral, angle, change direction, jagged, zig zag, arcs etc.

• To demonstrate line as form by manipulating  overall shape, body and extremities
• To apply dynamism, visual weight, change of direction and other qualities to lines
• To practice visual balance through expressive and loose composition creation

• Use black and white only, ink on paper or cut out paper (black on white or white on black)
• Use one sheet of , 8.5” x 11” per word
• Sketch out your ideas first, then create your composition

Take a photo of each composition and post all 4 images to ONE blog post. Choose one as your Feature image.
Make sure to name/label/connect each composition with the word it is representing, in your blog text.

PLEASE NOTE: Next class May 18th is ONLINE and you are not required to attend class physically in room 207.