1. Develop perception and awareness of visual elements and relationships such as form, rhythm, scale and repetition.
2. Identify form, both verbally and in writing, using vocabulary of terms pertaining specifically to three
3. Demonstrate hand skills necessary for basic mastery of various design tools and media; hard, soft, flat and linear.
4. Employ analytical operations necessary to build forms in three dimensional space; using two dimensional and three demensional sketching.
5. Develop aesthetic judgments through class critiques.
6. Demonstrate the creative process, which includes the development of disciplined work habits, time management skills, and the practice of hand skills, as well as risk-taking and experimentation.
7. Examine and analyze examples of historical models in architecture, sculpture and design.
8. Define health and safety issues that could arise from the use of three dimensinal design materials such as mat knives, rules, compasses and other three dimensional design materials to demonstrate safely using these.
A. The primary intent of Art 5 is visual literacy and performance using
specific media in a studio setting. This includes:
1. The ability to recognize the basic elements of three dimensional
design (form and shape, space, volume and texture).
2. The ability to make aesthetic decisions and judgments about these
elements in three dimensional design.
3. The ability to perform specific techniques to demonstrate these
elements (building structures which are free standing, kinetic, are
build from regular polygons and organic form, working from two
4. The ability to intelligently use and care for the tools of Art 5 (pencils, rulers, compasses, mat knives, glues and basic joinery).
B. The scope and sequence of the course will be presented as follows:
1. Through lectures, viedos and slides concerning the concepts, elements
and art historical precedents of three dimensional design.
2. Through lecture/demonstrations of the proper use of materials and
3. Through student practice and demonstration of compositional,
expressive and technical concepts.
4. Through evaluative one-on-one discussions with individual students.
5. Through group critique discussions and presentations of in-class
work and homework.
C. Specific areas of study within Art 5 include:
1. Process: balancing the deliberate and planned with the accidental
2. Content: recognize other-than aesthetic spects of three dimensional
design such as metaphor, symbol, narrative, etc.
3. Abstraction: introduce the concept of abstraction through various
means: extreme simplification of the elements of drawing such as form
or of value, expressive spontaneous, or improvised use of materials,
20th century precedents in drawing.
4. Shape/Form: recognizing how two dimensinal shape becomes three
dimensional form, observing profile shapes and separating them from
surface detail, using positive and negative shape relationships to
to strengthen compositional drama or unity.
5. Texture: using textural contrasts and pattern to describe and enrich
surfaces or affect the spped at which a form is comprehended.
6. Edge/Volume: the edge as a way to achieve openness or volume.
Varying edge widths to create variety and rhythm.
7. Proportion: analyzing relative importance of the parts within a form
for its contribution to the whole effect.
1. Read text book to expand the design vocabulary for critique
2. Various form building exercises which explore major principles of form function including:
A. Paper as a structural material.
B. Cardboard used as a modelmaking material for natural and architectural form.
C. Human scale as a factor in functional form.
D. Primitive form and its relationship to geometric design.
E. Fabrication and joinery as important details of form.
F. Kinetics and optics.
3. Student presents own work as portfolio at end of course.
Independent study will be required of all students. A series of assignments/critiques in the Art Gallery or on the Art Gallery website will be completed in order to enhance existing course content. A minimum of 4.25 hours of gallery study will be required per semester.
Launching the Imagination. 3rd edition. Stewart, Mary. McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages: 2007.