Design I // Line Explosion

As mentioned before, I will be catching up this summer to feature artwork my students produced over the last school year.

FALL 2015

First up, my Fall 2015 Design I class! This was a special large class made up of ALL GIRLS. Most of them were interior design majors. They were a really sweet bunch and I looked forward to seeing “my girls” on the days I taught them. Their work ethic was pretty phenomenal. The line work these girls demonstrated for their first project as college freshmen is impressive, as you’ll see.

For their first project, we focused on line and the psychological meanings of straight and curvy line work. Students chose 1-3 adjectives to illustrate using line, creating a “line explosion.” The medium used to depict these lines included Sharpies and Micron pens of different thicknesses, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They were to also implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Elements: line, shape, mass/form/volume, space, value, color, texture, time/motion.
Principles: balance, rhythm, repetition, unity, variety, size/scale/proportion, emphasis/focal point.

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.


by Wrenn Parrish: awkward, loud


by Serina Popham: mellow, anger


by Kaitlynn Harness: sharp, knotted, wrinkled


by Josie Goodman: violent


by Jessi Holloway: slow, mellow, sharp


by Christina Stachowski: dramatic, enchanted


by Hannah McCain: wild, enchanted


by Christine Smith: mighty, mesmerizing, mellow


by Caitlin Gardner: electrifying, bold, wild


by Kayla Cauthen: calm, mellow, bouncy


by Rachel Wilson: steady, loud, mighty


by Zynettra Woodard: whimsical, bold, enchanted

At this point I would intend to feature the Line Explosion student work from my Spring 2016 classes, but I was unfortunately on medical leave. I am thankful my art department colleague and technology director Aaron McElfish was willing to step in to instruct my Design I classes while I was out.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. connie.n.w.
    Jun 24, 2016 @ 13:12:53

    Your students are so talented! I could’ve easily seen these in a major museum and thought they had years and years of art training. Each are so beautiful and unique in their own way. Thank you for posting, I quite enjoyed this.


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