1 DAY PROJECT
Geometric Shape: A
shape created according to mathematical laws, such as a square, etc.
Formal placement of
identical figures on either side of an imaginary central line; also called
Asymmetrical Balance: The
use of figures of different visual weights to create an overall impression of
balance; sometimes called “informal balance.”
To choose and arrange elements in such a way that they satisfy an
artistic and/or functional intention.
To gain experience in
organization of shapes/space.
To design using exclusively geometric shapes.
To experiment with color harmonies.
10” x 13” cold press board (or mat board)
2B pencil, colored pencils
Acrylic paints, brushes
Ruler, masking tape
Geometric shapes packet (contains 4 large squares-4”x4”, 8
12 small squares-1”x1”)
Each student is to
select a specific three-color harmony and color the 3 different
shapes from their packet accordingly . (*See color harmony handout)
example, the large squares could be colored blue, the rectangles red and the
squares yellow which would make a Primary Color Triad.
will be using these geometric shapes to create an interesting composition.
step is to decide how many of each shape you want to use. You may use ALL of
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,
their equivalent. For
example, you could trade a large square for 4 of the
After selecting the number of
shapes you want and coloring them, try
your colored squares and rectangles into interesting compositions.
Each time you
a composition you like make a simple sketch of that design on your all-
paper. Your preliminary sketches are considered part of the project and
be turned in. After sketching out
15 – 20 compositions, select the best one and
it to fit your 10” x 13” board. You
may apply color using colored pencil or with
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?