Art 1 – Formal Elements and Non-Objective Designs – due Thurs. Mar. 10


Art Elements and Design Principles


As you watch this short film, observe the use of the formal elements to create non-objective designs.  Notice the choice of shapes in relation to the music as well as the movement and rhythm created by repetition and gradation (in terms of both color and shape).  Think about space and form, emphasis and contrast, balance and unity.

Sketchbook notes: Comment on the areas in the film that you find most pleasing/interesting. Do your best to analyze why you find certain aspects to be visually interesting and how the formal elements and principles are “working.” Answer some of these questions in one page: what kinds of colors are used? do you recognize any color systems like analogous or complementary? how is movement created? how is balance achieved (is it symmetrical or asymmetrical)? where do you see examples of emphasis or contrast?  Consider any other questions you feel are significant.

Sketchbook homework: Spend an hour drawing original illustrations for each of the 7 design principles: balance (symmetrical and asymmetrical), contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity. This may fill 2 or more pages. Try to clearly convey each concept visually. You may choose to draw either representational or non-objective designs.


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