Design I // Line Explosion

This semester I teach 2 sections of Design I. A new experience for me is teaching an overwhelming number of Landscape Architecture majors, along with Fine Art, Photo, Interior Design, and Floral Management. Also in semesters past I have taught more girls than boys, but this semester’s numbers even out more.

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 Abby Jenkins: bold, loud


by Breanna Rochelle: wrinkled, awkward, gooey


by Dylan Turner: sharp, tight


by Kaleb Baker: gooey, wild, prickly


by Lexi Bennett: whimsical, confusing, flat


by Paige Davis: steady, suspicious, wrinkled


by Taylor Fikes: sharp, bold, tight


by Willie Griffin: sharp, awkward, suspicious


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