2D Design   Fall 2014

wednesday 8/27 Intro, syllabus, materials, Design Principles Read Chapter 1……………

Sept 3:  UNITY: Mixed Media         Read Chapter 2 Unity                                  Critique: Sept 10 

Exercise: Make a grid on your paper approx. 4 boxes across and 5 boxes down. Draw a leaf (or any other form you wish) in such a way that the outer edges project into each of the outside boxes. You can further divide each square by adding the vein structure of the leaf. Treat each box with a different medium or combination of mediums. The task is to experiment with the possibilities of different media while preserving the sense of organic unity in the work as a whole.


Sept 10: Project# 1:The three faces of ................... .                                                      Critique: Sept 17

The problem is to combine disparate elements into one cohesive composition that has a sense of organic unity. To do this you must choose a subject, and deal with  a minimum of three separate aspects of that subject. You choose the medium.


Sept 17:  EMPHASIS (dominance) Read Chapter 3                                                       Critique Sept 24

Project #2 What’s the point? By using contrast, isolation, and/or manipulating placement, create a composition which has a definite emphasis or focal point. This work must make a statement, or be done from a clear, conceptual, point of view.


Sept 24: SCALE (proportion). Chapter 4                                                                                    Critique  Oct 1

Project # 3: Create a work of art in which you manipulate scale to create emphasis. Think in terms of  a juxtaposition of scale, the use of multiple scales ,or a  confusion of scale. This is to be done in collage. Be on the look-out for materials and images you will use.


Oct. 1:  BALANCE  Chapter 5                                                                                             Critique Oct 8

Project #4 Design a poster


Exercise:. Make preliminary sketches utilizing four different kinds of balance: Symmetrical (or approximate symmetry); Asymmetrical; Radial; Crystallographic (all over pattern)


Then Select the most dynamic of the sketches and render in any medium


Oct. 8:  RHYTHM (repetition) Chapter 6                                                                        Critique Oct 15

Exercise: work with shapes cut, or torn, out of construction paper you are to use repeated shapes to make two small compositions. One, composition should establish a sense of calm, the other express agitation. These are 2 separate compositions and do not have to relate to each other,


Project # 5: “Once upon a time..........” Using repetition of line, shape, value patterns and/or texture to help create a rhythm, illustrate, or do a work loosely based on a scene from a fairy tale or nursery rhyme. The rhythms established in the piece should help convey the mood or situation.


Oct 15: LINE: chapter 7. also read chapter 11 (motion)                                             Critique Oct. 22

Exercise: Using brush and ink wash do three gesture drawings of objects and three of people.


Project # 6: 200 lines. Create a sense of movement through space using approx. 200 lines.(This is to be a non-objective compostition.)


Mid term quiz Oct 22


Oct 22: SHAPE: chapter 8                                                                                                   Critique Oct 29

Exercise: Use non-objective shapes to describe three sets of opposites.


Project #7:POSITIVE/NEGATIVE (FIGURE/GROUND) Using scratchboard as your medium, produce a work in which the positive and negative shapes are of equal importance, or one in which there is an ambivalence between figure and ground. It can be a tessellation, but does not need to be.


Oct 29: Project #8 : Morphing  (Shape changing)”You  bring out the Beast in me”.   Critique Nov 5

Turn a person into an animal, or an animal into a person, in 8 or 9 steps. These may be done as a one unified composition, in a story board format, on a grid, or any other format that works. Make use of the narrative aspect of art. The piece might make some comment about human or animal nature.



Nov 5: TEXTURE: Chapter 9


    1. Make 5 large rubbings of different textures.
    2. Create 5 sheets of imaginary (purely visual) texture
    3. Find 5 kinds of actual texture
    4. Make a collage from pieces of your various kinds of texture.           



Project #9: Logo with texture                                                                   Critique Nov 12

Compose a logo for yourself or a business (real or imaginary) in which the texture is an important part of the design.


Nov. 12: SPACE : Chapter 10

Exercise: Make two small non-objective compositions. Create one composition, which stays on the surface (decorative or shallow space) and one, which implies space

Project # 10: “The Other Side”..........                                                       Critique Nov. 19

Using a discernible one, two or three point perspective, create an imaginary place, alternate reality or universe, that includes a believable space. You can also use value changes to help you create the illusion. 


Nov. 19: VALUE: Chapter 12


·      High Key /Low Key Create a Value scale from Black to white using charcoal or graphite.  Create another using only hatching marks.

·      From life or photo reference render a subject by only using value changes, no lines.


Project #11 What’s the value in that?  (line as value)                            Critique December 3

Get a black and white photo of something you think of as valuable. Grid your paper into a 1 inch grid. Draw the object so that it is touching the edges of the format  in at least 3 places. Reproduce the intensity of value in each section of the photo by creating linear patterns.



Dec. 3  Critique value project. Prepare work for final critique.


Final Critique and quiz: Wednesday December 11  2:00-4:00 p.m.