JULIE NISKANENTeaching
 
           
           
   
Design I
 
           
           
      Design I introduces students to the elements of art and principles of design in two-dimensional art. Emphasis
is placed on composition and structural elements, principles of organization, and theories of color.
 
         
      Below are some of the assignments from this course    
           
           
         
     
Emphasis in Design
   
      Assignment Description:
Emphasis is the creation of visual importance through the use of selective stress. Choose a geometric shape to create four studies in black and white that demonstrate selective emphasis. You will contrast dark/light, thick/thin, big/little, and intervals. Do five thumbnails of each type of contrast in your sketchbook. Then choose the most successful ones for your final project.

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      Line Contrast    
      Assignment Description:
Create a composition that employs various types of line. Create a small square in your composition with a detailed drawing of an organic object. Then extend some of the lines from the small composition into the surround space to unify the entire design. Play with different types of line: thin, thick, straight, curved, etc.

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      Panel Sequence    
      Assignment Description:
The multi-panel sequence can be used to plan progressions in design and fine art. In five squares, create a progression of abstract geometric shapes that begins in the first square and presents a sequence in the following four panels. Here are some possible ways to create a sequence: the design can become more complicated, have elements appear to rise/enter from one side of the panel, have the elements get lighter or darker, have the elements progress from black and white to color, have the shapes appear to explode or contract, etc.

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      Value Painting    
      Assignment Description:
For this assignment, you will choose an image to break down into a minimum of 6 value shapes, like the Cubist style. First practice mixing your black and white paints to achieve a wide range of values.

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      Process of Abstraction    
      Assignment Description:
Find a photograph of a representational image for a reference. You will transform the reference image into four different drawings: a realistic contour line drawing, a contour line drawing with texture and value, a geometric abstract drawing, and finally an abstract drawing that still relates to the original.

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      Color Wheel    
      Assignment Description:
With acrylic paints, make a color wheel using only the primary colors, black, and white. Make sure to have the correct order of colors: primary, secondary, and tertiary. For each hue, make a color swatch of the pure hue, 3 tints, and 3 shades. Then, for each color, starting from the outer edge of the circle and going in, glue your painted swatches going from lightest tint, darkest tint, pure hue, lightest shade, and darkest shade.

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      Color Disguises    
      Assignment Description:
Find an interesting object that is strongly composed in the correct format size. Make a clean contour line drawing to use as a pattern for three identical compositions. Choose three color combinations with at least three colors that have a relationship. Paint each composition in a controlled palette of your choice. Do some quick color studies in your sketchbook to explore the various color combinations.

Format: 3: 8 x 10" or larger canvas boards
Examples of Controlled color palettes: Monochromatic, analogous, complementary, split complement, double complement, primary, secondary, tertiary

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      Many Techniques    
      Assignment Description:
Choose one image to work with for this assignment. Create five identical compositions of this image - a clean contour line drawing to use as a pattern. Then fill in each composition, using a different technique for each one. Begin by exploring several possible designs in your sketchbook, and then play with the various techniques before you being your final project. Think about having a different emphasis for each composition (line, texture, vlaue, color, etc.).
Format: 5: 5 x 7" rectangles or 5: 5 x 5" squares

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      Metamorphosis    
      Assignment Description:
Create a sequence of drawings that depicts a gradual breakdown of an image from a representational picture to a geometric abstraction. A single form will be progressively simplified into a new form. Arrange the sequence to form an intergrated overall pattern. Begin by doing a series of sketches in your sketchbook. (Artistic reference - M.C. Escher)

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