Design I // Value

Fall 2016: For Design I’s fifth project, we focused on value. Students chose a photograph, magazine ad, or calendar photo, and were challenged to extract color from their chosen area, leaving only value. They painted 20–25% of the photo with white, black, and grey acrylic paint, following the original values so closely that their painted shape fit seamlessly on top of its unpainted photograph. This challenge was much like a “paint-by-number” activity. If a well-done solution is photographed or Xeroxed in black and white, it should be difficult to distinguish the area painted in greys from the original.

Below are some of the pieces that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

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

anna-terry_value

by Anna Terry

ashtyn-carpenter_value

by Ashtyn Carpenter

haley-lawrence_value

by Haley Lawrence

karleigh-harfst_value

by Karleigh Harfst

megan-henry_value

by Megan Henry

meghan-norman_value

by Meghan Norman

Intro to Computing // Creature Cartoon GIF

Fall 2016: As an added continuation of their first Creature Cartoon project done in Adobe Illustrator, I challenged my students to turn it into a GIF after we started learning Photoshop. There are many ways to make a GIF, but in my research I found it was best to form their creature in Illustrator, and pull the file into Photoshop to put it into action.

Since I had not made a GIF before, I had my own homework in figuring this out so I could teach my students. I read and watched many demos until I found a system that seemed to work well. I even recorded and posted my own Part I and Part II tutorial YouTube videos demonstrating the steps on my laptop screen so students could reference them outside of class to produce their own GIF.

Students had to implement at least 3 actions in their GIF to receive full credit– for example eyes blinking, arms moving, and feet tapping. The number of frames they incorporated depended on their actions and how many they personally needed to see the actions to smooth completion.

It was so fun seeing these little guys and gals come to life!

Below are some GIFs that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results.

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

by Kaitlyn Upton: angry, fly, whiskers ^

by Josie Goodman: squishy cheeks, joyful, upside down ^

by Mary Emily Moore: big eyes, broken-hearted, eat ^

by Ques Nevels: grumpy, webbed feet, skate ^

by Meredith Morris: tentacles, mellow, float ^

by Ashley Rude: curious, climb, short legs ^

by April Porter: webbed feet, anxious, float ^

by Gerald Wicks: excited, climbing, long tail ^

by Ryan Guillory: horns, exercise, lazy ^

by Brittany Riland: mad, long arms, swing ^

by Laura Leigh Hicks: squishy cheeks, afraid, smell flower ^

by Olivia Ketchum: happy, sharp teeth, read ^

by Morgan Helton:  beak, sleepy, read ^

 

Design I // Texture

Fall 2016: For Design I’s fourth project, we focused on texture. Students collected an assortment of black and white textures including…
found (photography, magazines, books)
rubbed (charcoal rubbing of physical texture on paper)
created (using a range of mediums to invent a texture).

Then they collaged and glued them together into a quilt block pattern of their choice. They had to be precise and mindful of their workmanship. Since they were working with a grid and pattern, slight mistakes would be noticeable.

Below are some of the composition sets that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

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

anna-terry_texture

by Anna Terry

ashtyn-carpenter_texture

by Ashtyn Carpenter

karleigh-harfst_texture

by Karleigh Harfst

marykatherine-swindoll_texture

by Mary Katherine Swindoll

megan-henry_texture

by Megan Henry

meghan-norman_texture

by Meghan Norman

melissa-sones_texture

by Melissa Sones

Design I // Shape

Fall 2016: For Design I’s second project, we focused on geometric and organic shapes. Students constructed 3 compositions: 1 for all geometric, 1 for all organic, and 1 for a combination of geometric and organic. The medium used to depict these shapes was black construction paper, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They also had to implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Below are some of the composition sets that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

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

anna-terry_shape_combo

Combo by Anna Terry

anna-terry_shape_geo

Geometric by Anna Terry

ashtyn-carpenter_shape_combo

Combo by Ashtyn Carpenter

ashtyn-carpenter_shape_org

Organic by Ashtyn Carpenter

caroline-fitzwater_shape_combo

Combo by Caroline Fitzwater

elise-sears_shape_geo

Geometric by Elise Sears

hayden-hunt_shape_combo

Combo by Hayden Hunt

hayden-hunt_shape_geo

Geometric by Hayden Hunt

megan-henry_shape_combo

Combo by Megan Henry

megan-henry_shape_geo

Geometric by Megan Henry

megan-norman_shape_combo

Combo by Megan Norman

megan-norman_shape_org

Organic by Megan Norman

melissa-sones_shape_combo

Combo by Melissa Sones

melissa-sones_shape_geo

Geometric by Melissa Sones

Design I // Line Explosion

Fall 2016: My Design I class is a sweet group. I have 15 girls and 2 guys. (Where are the creative major guys these days?!) Most of them are Interior Design majors, but I also have a few representing Fine Art, Photography, and Floral Management.

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.

anna-terry_line_fluffyprickly

by Anna Terry: fluffy, prickly

caroline-fitzwater_line_confusion

by Caroline Fitzwater: confusion

elise-sears_line_mellowawkward

by Elise Sears: mellow, awkward

karleigh-harfst_line_violentdeepwrinkled

by Karleigh Harfst: violent, deep, wrinkled

marykatherine-swindoll_line_noisywhimsical

by Mary Katherine Swindoll: noisy, whimsical

megan-henry_line_frustratedgrouchy

by Megan Henry: frustrated, grouchy

megan-norman_line_angryaggressive

by Megan Norman: angry, aggressive

ashtyn-carpenter_line_exciteddeepmighty

by Ashtyn Carpenter: excited, deep, mighty

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