honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

Continuing Conversations from class

I have started creating a weekly document called Continuing Conversations for each of my classes.
The document is a follow up to points that come up in class and has quotes from students with reflections by the teacher. The purpose is to share and develop ideas that students write on the daily point sheet they turn in.

Here is an example of a Continuing Conversation from Design Fundamentals Week 2 Class

Week 2 Continuing Conversations  - Design Fundamentals Thursday Class

Our week 2 class was a lively interactive adventure into many ways a designer sees unity.  Highlighting  the class were  insightful questions that launched a number of important topical discussions.  In addition, your individual illustrations of the different avenues toward unity and your multiple interpretations underscore something Myles noted, "Thinking from a different perspective allows your work to communicate to different people."


One of Emilia's questions was about the history of the distillation of design terms and concepts that form the structure of our class.  This is a rich topic for research because these terms have arisen over time through discovery and analysis by generations of artists, art historians, designers, and critics.  Find out something about the history of our concepts and share what you learn!  This would be counted as a Wow! report and will earn 10 points per concept.


Here are some of the student comments from the points pages plus Honoria's reflections on each.


Student:  Instead of making a full image with my pencil I made a seemingly unfinished piece of illustration which came across as Gestalt.

Honoria:  Yes!  People recognize patterns and will complete a visual story or fill in a pattern when presented with only a part of an image.  Gestalt means "whole" and is concerned with the relationships between the parts and the whole of a composition.


Student:  We were given one example of unity by proximity, however, I wanted to express proximity in a different way.  I used words in a tree pattern to show words written specifically spaced as proximity.  Also all I had was paper, so I thought it would be fun to do "reduce, reuse, and recycle" especially being in art school.  We use so much paper.

Honoria:  This is an example of a designer starting her process with thinking!  Her idea was to string meaningful words together to create the edge of the tree shape.  In this way the words' proximity to each other formed an outline AND underscored the message of thinking about recycling and reusing paper.


Student:  I realized that continuation was much more than just about creating a larger image from smaller shapes.  I tried to relay my cryptic view of life via magazine clippings.  Unfortunately no one saw my vision but once I was able to explain, I feel like I got my point across to the class.  Not only is it about making pictures, but about creating a story as well.

Honoria:  Yes,  design is about the story.  The design may contain image and text.  All the elements of a good design contribute to the message being sent to and received by the target audience.


Student:  I learned that abstract painting is not based on lines or distinct shapes.  It stretched my artistic style when I thought about the sunset and the colors that are a part of them.

Honoria:  Inspiration for abstract work often comes from nature or from our experiences in life.

A definition from a working artist is more directly about the creative process than definitions from an art historian or critic, but keep in mind that the historical context is also valuable.  Getting on the ground thoughts from working designers can energize your creative process. This definition of abstract art is by Swedish artist Ali Kuosku.  

Abstract art paintings don't try to mirror reality, instead try to express the feeling coming from the reality. The feeling is an energy that we cannot see, but we can feel. It is the same for abstract paintings as for feelings, it is mostly not possible to recognize what the painting visualizes, but you can feel the mood or energy of the abstract painting.


There were a total of 16 Plus Ones in Week 2.  Check your eclass gradebook to watch your points mount up during the term.

Keep up the great work toward becoming a design professional.

Onward to Focal Point and Emphasis in Week 3.

Tags: design fundamentals, teaching

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