Color Grid 18″

Project Overview

This Project asks you to create the most interesting and unique color compositions possible. The goal is to study how color is affected by pattern and context, see color relationships, and begin to work with complex grid structures. Making incremental changes can bring about large variety within a system. In this assignment we will focus on changes of color.  There are several parts to the project so be sure to work methodically and carefully.



Analogous Colors | Complimentary colors | Cool colors, Warm colors |Monochromatic colors | Simultaneous contrast | Color, Hue, Shade, Value, | Intensity, Grid, Shape | Form, Balance, Harmony |Relationship, Repetition  | Pattern


Part 1

In your sketchbook design six 2″ inch squares. Follow these rules in your design.

Each square design may be diagonally, horizontally or vertically, or any combinations of such. (three elements, no more than five per square) 

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Part II

Once you and your professor select a 2″ inch modular design from your sketches, create a linear grid structure based on the shape. This grid will serve as the pattern for all of your compositions. You may orient your pattern any way you wish. See linear grid examples. By having the same grid structure underlying all the compositions we can focus our attention on how different color schemes and choices affect the artwork.

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Select 3 to 5 colors per composition. Potentially you could use a maximum of 30 different colors to complete this assignment, though you should use the same color in more than one composition a few times to see how that same color behaves in different contexts. On occasion, colors may be placed next to themselves, thus eliminating the grid and creating what appears to be a new form.  Be careful not to go overboard and always serve the overall aesthetic value of the work.

In all you will create 6 different color compositions, one representing each of the following terms:

-Analogous colors

-Complimentary colors

-Cool colors

-Warm colors

-Monochromatic colors

-Simultaneous contrast


Iconology – stage 3 and 4 18′

stage three: visual icon influenced by something else

3a.  Transform the icon to reflect the meaning of an applied action term.  Incorporate the word form in the design.


 stage four: visual icon combined with another object

4a.  Combine the icon with a letter form that most clearly represents the symbol.

4b.  Combine with another symbol; trade with someone.

4c.  Combine with your own body part; formal relationship OR combine with your body part in a functional meaning.

4d.  Combine with a related texture to amplify meaning.

4e.  Added to; to physically alter its visual connotation.

• You need to develop four solutions for each stage by sketching and than pick one to develop on the computer

• Maintain the format of  5” icon on a 6” x 6” white field

Killing the Grid

Project Overview

When we look at the wold our eyes are bombarded with enormous amount of visual data.  Somehow, our mind separates the various forms and colors into distinguishable groups or figures. Without this spatial sense we could not navigate in the world or read the letters between visual bodies with the dichotomy of figure and ground. The figure can be thought of as the identifiable form which distinguishes itself from the background.

Expanding on the idea, we can explore two dimensional space by upsetting the mind’s ability to distinguish between figure and ground. In this assignment we will design a space that creates a figure and ground ambiguity. Through careful cropping and balance of tone one can undo the mind’s  ability to distinguish figure from ground.  Once figure and ground are destroyed we must speak of form and counter-form because a figure no longer exists in relation to ground.

In order to master our own visual language each of us must come to an understanding of the most basic visual elements. This begins with an exploration of form, counter-form, figure and ground.

For this assignment you will kill the grid using one of the following nine letter words or phrases:

abstracts, fragments, structure, transform, peace & war, love & hate


New Key Terms:

Form/Counterform | Positive/Negative Space Relationship | Line | Contrast

Gestalt | Crop


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Before you begin

Before you begin, create a crop window. One at 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches to help you visualize your crops.


Part A

Draw a nine square grid in your sketch book. Each square should be 2.5 x 2.5.  Arrange the word from left to right and top to bottom so we may read it more easily.  Trace the letter-forms into the squares.  Do not  trace the entire letter into each square.  Crop the letters.

Sketch the letters until they flow into one another.  The grid will become invisible when the letters flow.  Reverse the tone of the figure and ground so that sometimes the ground is black and sometimes it is white. This will help you create a composition that flows.  A minimum of 4 sketches are due.

Part B

Use all 9 letters and crop each letter retaining legibility (use Part A to guide you). Apply those letters using the computer. Use a nice square grid to arrange your word.  Each square will be 7.5 x 7.5 inches. Figure and ground should become ambiguous and fluid.  The grid should be destroyed. One composition is due.


Final Size

Part A

-7.5 x 7.5 inch sketches on nine square grid sketch book

Part B

7.5 x 7.5 inch square grid made of nine 2.5 squares done on the computer



Computers in Art & Design 18′



Explore how the computer has been integrated into the image-making processes by incorporating traditional art processes such as drawing and markers with modern Graphic Design software. Learn how professional artists, designers and illustrators utilize the power of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and other software to create digital artwork and enhance images to create digital graphics such as maps, posters and postcards. The basic features of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator will be explored through tutorials and original artwork will be produced when techniques are mastered. By the end of the course, students will have a digital and print portfolio consisting of several projects. Students will also utilize digital cameras, scanners and output to laser/inkjet printers. Quad-Core Intel Macintosh computers (the industry standard platform) power this exploration into the realm of digital imagery.


Meeting Times

Class is Monday through Friday 9 AM to Noon and 1:15PM to 4PM, Saturday from 9AM to Noon. You may not enter class until 5 minutes before class starts, make sure you arrive on time. If you are late to class or from break you will receive a Doc.



During class you should not be looking at any e-mail accounts, Facebook, my space, online games,etc.; while we are working on projects. Only if instructor has give permission are you allowed to access social media or email thru the Internet.



This is a large class sure make sure you put name on your supplies/handouts I give you. I will be giving you a folder to put all of your handouts together.



Do not roll your chairs from one side to the other of the classroom.


Cell Phones/Cameras

Will be used when the instructor tells you to bring them in for class, otherwise they will be left back in the residence halls.

Cell phones should not be used other than taking pictures, no non-class related photography, video, texting, email, phone calls, playing games or web surfing is allowed during class or without the expressed permission of the instructor and/or preceptor.

Anyone caught inappropriately using their phone will warrant a Doc and the student will not be allowed to keep the phone on their person in class or on breaks.



When you are working on projects you can list to music but you must use your headphones so not to disrupt the other students.



NO food or drinks should be near any of the computers! I will show you where you will be allowed to place food and drinks in the lab.


Homework/Class work

You will be giving homework assignments that will be needed to be complete by the next class period. You will have project to work on a daily basis. By not completing all the work you can receive a Doc.



You can leave your supplies at your computer for lunch and study hall. But after study hall is done in the evening all of your supplies must be picked up and taken back to the residence halls.



To login in, type in your user name and password on the login in window.  Go ahead and login to make sure you account is working. If not raise your hands to get help.


Connect to google Drive

Please follow this link to get project & homework files, class presentations and where you will upload your files for printing.


Ask Questions

If things are moving too fast or you’re getting lost raise your hand to ask for help.

Stage 5

5a.  Use a metaphor for a human body part (combined with analogous or contrasting body parts). 

5b.  Place in another time or culture.

5c.  A free collage reflecting use of the icon (image/text).

5d.  Add a color to part of your icon.

5e.  A kinetic sequence.  This event can take place in one frame or in multiple frames.

5f. Rasterize your icon. Use the grid provided. 

• You need to develop four solutions for each stage by skething and than pick one to develop on the computer

• Maintain the format of  5” icon on a 6” x 6” white field