1. What are the Principles of Design: UNITY + BALANCE?
2. What creates a successful combination of unity & variety in a work of art?
3. How does an artist convey an abstract idea through concrete subject matter?
Mastery Objective(s): The student will…
1. demonstrate their understanding of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design, UNITY + BALANCE, by creating a two-page spread of a uniquely, innovative tree house representing themselves or their family.
The sun shone as you sat on a worn stone bench with your grandmother in the park. “When your grandfather and I were married, we planted a sapling together,” she remembered, pointing at a tall oak shading the path. “Look how tall it has grown.” When you walk in the same park today, you remember her story and point out the oak to your children. Stretching into the heavens, its many branches remind you of family. The branches represent your parents, aunts, and uncles. Shooting off those larger limbs are you, your siblings, and cousins. Crowning the tree are the new leaves that represent the latest generation.
- Greg McMurdie ‘Millennials Share Their Favorite FamilySearch Tools for Preserving Family Memories
What is a symbol that you relate to the word ‘family’? For many of us, we think of the tree. The tree has served as a universal icon for the family for generations. The analogies, like the one above, are endless.
So instead of just a ‘family tree’, you are responsible for coming up with your very own interpretation of your family or yourself through a ‘treehouse’. The catch is, you have to include the Principle of Design, UNITY, into your work. Unity is another of those hard-to-describe art terms but, when it’s present, your eye and brain are pleased to see it.
Unity occurs when all of the elements of a piece combine to make a balanced, harmonious, complete whole.
1.Sketchbook is completed on a 2-page spread, focusing on the Principle of Design, UNITY and BALANCE. Choose one of the following 3 types of balance:
2. Subject Matter: a tree house that represents you or your family!
- when drawing your treehouse think about the PERSPECTIVE (point-of-view and the technique – LINEAR PERSPECTIVE)
- think about the DESIGN of the tree and the treehouse when relating it to you or your family. (example: color, thickness/thinness of trunk and branches, materials – wood, stone…
- be specific about WHERE your tree and treehouse are! What does the time of day and environment tell your viewer about you or your family. What are these things supporting in your work?
3. Media: open media (your choice), except NO GRAPHITE! IF you want to use GRAPHITE, it MUST be combined with another medium.
Do not copy another artist’s ideas or work!
MOOD with lighting:
BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!