**COLOR
& DESIGN
**
** 1 DAY PROJECT **
C. Wilson

*Geometric Shape: **A
shape created according to mathematical laws, such as a square, etc.*

*Symmetrical Balance:
**Formal placement of
identical figures on either side of an imaginary central line; also called
“formal balance.”
*

*Asymmetrical Balance:** The
use of figures of different visual weights to create an overall impression of
balance; sometimes called “informal balance.”
*

*Design:**
To choose and arrange elements in such a way that they satisfy an
artistic and/or functional intention.
*

*
*

**Objectives:
**To gain experience in
organization of shapes/space.

To design using exclusively geometric shapes.

To experiment with color harmonies.

**Materials:**
10” x 13” cold press board (or mat board)

All-purpose
paper

2B pencil, colored pencils

Acrylic paints, brushes

Ruler, masking tape

Geometric shapes packet (contains 4 large squares-4”x4”, 8
rectangles-4”x1” and

12 small squares-1”x1”)

**Procedure:
**Each student is to
select a specific three-color harmony and color the 3 different

geometric
shapes from their packet accordingly . (*See color harmony handout)

For
example, the large squares could be colored blue, the rectangles red and the

small
squares yellow which would make a Primary Color Triad.

You
will be using these geometric shapes to create an interesting composition.
The

first
step is to decide how many of each shape you want to use. You may use ALL of

the
shapes in your packet if you wish, but fewer shapes may be easier to organize.

__You must use a minimum of 2
large squares, 4 rectangles and 6 small squares,
__

**or
their equivalent**. For
example, you could trade a large square for 4 of the

rectangles.

After **selecting the number of
shapes** you want** **and **coloring** **them**, try
organizing

your colored squares and rectangles into interesting compositions.
Each time you

design
a composition you like make a simple sketch of that design on your all-

purpose
paper. Your preliminary sketches are considered part of the project and

must
be turned in. After sketching out
15 – 20 compositions, select the best one and

enlarge
it to fit your 10” x 13” board. You
may apply color using colored pencil or with

acrylic
paints.

**Things to consider:
**

Have you tried both vertical and horizontal designs?

What sort of balance does your composition use?

How have you directed the viewer’s eye through your composition?

How have you distributed color throughout the composition?

Do you have the minimum number of shapes in your composition?