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.

section4_abby-jenkins_line_boldloud

by Abby Jenkins: bold, loud

section4_breanna-rochelle_line_wrinkledawkwardgooey

by Breanna Rochelle: wrinkled, awkward, gooey

section4_dylan-turner_line_sharptight

by Dylan Turner: sharp, tight

section4_kaleb-baker_line_gooeywildprickly

by Kaleb Baker: gooey, wild, prickly

section4_lexi-bennett_line_whimsicalconfusingflat

by Lexi Bennett: whimsical, confusing, flat

section4_paige-davis_line_steadysuspiciouswrinkled

by Paige Davis: steady, suspicious, wrinkled

section5_taylor-fikes_line_sharpboldtight

by Taylor Fikes: sharp, bold, tight

section5_willie-griffin_line_sharpawkwardsuspicious

by Willie Griffin: sharp, awkward, suspicious

Design I // Line Explosion

My Design I class this semester is a a full room of 15 students. I have a mix of students that are experienced and inexperienced with art and design, and all are very hard working.

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.

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 April Porter: steady, whimsical, knotted

by April Porter: steady, whimsical, knotted

by Clif Rodgers

by Clif Rodgers

by Harman Duke: sharp, knotted, bold

by Harman Duke: sharp, knotted, bold

by Jenn McFadden: hypnotic, tangled, mighty

by Jenn McFadden: hypnotic, tangled, mighty

by Jessica Moore

by Jessica Moore

by Kennedy Norman: bold, elegant, cheerful

by Kennedy Norman: bold, elegant, cheerful

by Sam Lawless: bright, broken

by Sam Lawless: bright, broken

by Tuesdai Johnson

by Tuesdai Johnson