Monthly Archives: January 2015

Critique

First Impression – record your first spontaneous reaction to the artwork

Ask questions – which is your favorite?  least favorite?  what letter?  what made you choose that color?  how did you make that shape?  what was most difficult/easiest?

ART PRINCIPLES

balance
contrast
emphasis
harmony
pattern
repetition
rhythm
unity
variety

ELEMENTS OF ART

Line
blurred
broken
controlled
curved
diagonal
freehand
horizontal
interrupted
geometric
meandering
ruled
short
straight
thick
thin
vertical
wide

Shape/Form
biomorphic
closed
distorted
flat
free-form
geometric
heavy
light
linear
massive
open
organic

Colors
brash
bright
calm
cool
dull
exciting
garish
grayed
muted
pale
primary
saccharine
subdued
sweet
warm

Space
ambiguous
deep
flat
negative/positive
open
shallow

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Intro to Illustrator – the Pen Tool!

Today we will experiment a bit with Illustrator – the vector-based program.  Photoshop is pixel-based.

  • Open a picture of a fruit or veggie from the web in Illustrator (look for one with detail)
  • Start with large, simple shapes
  • Use stroke and fill
  • Layer it on
  • Eyedropper
  • Later we will get into gradient, transparency, etc.

fruit_pomegranate

Design Principles

To help you out with your designs, today we’ll talk about…

  1. Contrast
  2. Balance
    1. symmetry
    2. asymmetry
    3. radial balance
  3. Space
    1. filled/empty
    2. near/far
  4. Harmony (& Unity*)
    1. proximity
    2. similarity
    3. continuation
    4. repetition
    5. rhythm
    6. *slightly altering the above achieves unity & keeps interest
  5. Emphasis
    1. contrasting size, positioning, color, style or shape
    2. focal point should dominate the design w/o sacrificing the unity of the whole

principles-of-art-design

Divide into 5 groups.  Research and discuss… then explain and draw an example to teach your principle to the class.  Use the number 5 and follow the Graphic Alphabet constraints.

This movie illustrates these principles.

To add your link…

email me your site’s URL this class

(ex. this site’s is https://whsdesign.wordpress.com)

Welcome Term 2!

  • select letters and numbers
  • partner up – diff grade and #/letter
  • roll, paper and marker
  • discuss, answer questions
  • present
  • email letters/#s
  • wordpress
  • intro 1st project

Last Day Survey

Email me your answers.  Be honest, be thorough, be helpful – thanks!

Did you feel challenged in this class? Why/Why not?

Was this class what you expected? Why/Why not?

Favorite Project – why?

Least Favorite Project – why?

Something you wish you learned?

Something you were surprised to learn?

If you could design your own last project, what would you do?

Would you take more GD in the future?  Why/why not?

Would you recommend this course to your friends?  Why/Why not.

1 suggestion for Ms. Ciccolo for future graphic design classes.

Want a FREE 1st block Wednesday?!

Come to class during the 2nd block on Monday (our “drop block”), follow the simple instructions below… and you don’t have to get up early on Wednesday!  What a deal!

On Monday, be sure to put everything you have done this semester in its original file (ai or psd) onto the shared drive.  I especially need the art show posters!!!