ORDER Weeks 1- 4 Introduce the elements and principles of design and the Gestalt principles of Unity. Simple compositions are developed through brainstorming, refining, and then translating flat, graphic compositions into photographic images.

1.1 Principles of Gestalt – Discover and apply the 6 principles of Gestalt (containment, continuation, closure, similarity, repetition, proximity)

1.2 Unity with Variety – Organize and refine compositions to reflect principles of unity with a greater emphasis on variety

1.3 Human Element – Collaborate to stage photos in 3 dimensional space to reflect their flat compositions

COLOR Weeks 5-8 Explore the major variables of hue, saturation, and value and their role in composing with color. Common color schemes and color interactions are introduced and then applied within an isometric grid to explore the play between flat pattern and illusionistic, three-dimensional space.

2.1 The Properties of Color – Explore Color Relativity (hue/value/saturation)

2.2 Bezold Effect – Explore shift in pattern by changing a dominant color in the composition while working with color schemes

2.3 Color Navigation – Color association, functioning design that will react to the architectural space. Will also learn to paint a range within the same color scheme (Desaturation, transparency, tinting & shading)

ACTION Weeks 9-12 Explore how elongated or repeated forms can generate the illusion of movement and space. The proportions of the frame and the relationship of images to the frame become especially important

3.1 Illusion of Space and Motion – Discover and explore strategies for creating illusions of motion and space using yarn

3.2 Methodology – Collaborative installation project emphasizing action/dynamism while continuing to explore rules of good composition

3.3 Compositional Flow and Figure/Ground – Explore basic elements of design using set rules

CONCEPT Weeks 13-16  Continue to use color, unity, and movement to construct a more self-directed, more conceptually driven project that will be abstract by nature (to be determined). Students now take a more active role in collaboratively designing the parameters of the assignment and how it will be carried out.

4.1 Inspiration and Meaning – Generate ideas from your interests, daily life, and research

4.2 Design the Path – Self-assign exercises that utilize the various elements and principles of design that are driven by conceptual interests

4.3 Communicate the Idea(s) – Generate a final project that is conceptually articulate (consider how the work will be presented/received)


5:45 – 8:00 p.m.


Dec. 12