Students engage in critical thinking activities that help them understand the principles of design, and then make a mini book and create a fine line marker design that demonstrates their understanding of key concepts.
Photocopy the Principles of Design Mini Book handout (Downloads - Principles_Minibook.pdf) - enough for each student to have one. The handout includes instructions for creating the mini book and 2 pages to be copied on a single sheet of paper. Be sure to print the pages in the correct position so the book will line up properly.
Introduce the principles of design. - the principles of design are the ways of organizing the elements to make any visual design - if you were making a cake, the principles would be the specific recipe you use to combine the ingredients. In art and design, the principles are contrast, proportion, repetition, movement, rhythm, variety, emphasis, balance, unity and harmony
View the images for each principle and discuss them as a class.
Challenge students to brainstorm career opportunities that use the principles of design, e.g., graphic designer, photographer, artist, interior decorator, clothing designer etc. - build on previous discussions about careers in design.
Introduce the challenge.
Identify 10 commonly used principles of design.
Create a mini book containing a design that demonstrates your understanding of 3 principles of design.
Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.
Ensure that everyone understands the challenge.
Establish success criteria with your students, for example, - attention to detail - mini book is accurately constructed - design accurately demonstrates 3 chosen principles of design - paper is in good condition
Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
Observe students as they work.
Provide individual assistance and encouragement.
Once the mini books are complete ask the students to share them in small groups. Ask them to: - Look closely at the design and determine whether it accurately represents the 3 chosen principles. - Talk about other principles that may be present in the design. - Share thoughts and opinions of what works and what can be improved.
Ask some of the students to share their ideas with the whole class.
Observe students as they work – attention to detail, tranfer of knowledge from lesson to activity, collaboration with classmates.
Observe students as they discuss their work – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the work and from personal experience.
Use checklist to track progress. (Downloads – Principles_tracking.pdf)
Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads – Principles_self-assessment.pdf)