SHAPE: A Smorgasbord Of Choices
This was Part 3 of the B. INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN unit and would incorporate Line and Texture as well. For art newbies, the thought of "drawing" in itself could cause interior fright. We took an approach encouraging students to consider a variety of shape catagories: geometric, naturalistic, free form, and abstract, with possibilities within each.
Of course, we began with the usual prerequisite of simple sketches in different styles.
Typically, sketches showed single items, few overlapps, and little size variety. These would be some of the design elements we'd develop in succeeding sketches.
Sketch 2 would encourage some creative departures. First, categories could be singular or combined and planned in the final 9"X12" format. Next, considerations must be given to how shapes would be evaluated in importance, allocating appropriate sizes. And finally, arrangements of shapes had to show overlap, variety of positions, and "unordinary" placement---that is, avoid centering everything, plus a few more requirements for good measure.