Wed 09/01 | Mon 09/13
Intro to 2D Design

Welcome to
2D Design Course!

Our society usually associates artistic expression with born talent and divine inspiration but is that true? We start this course taking a closer look at the Creative Process and why we study 2D Design.

We will also go through the Course Outline and how to succeed in this class.

In Class

Faculty & Students Intro

Course site, class format & important rules: Course Outline, Calendar & Supplies

Navigating the course site & Blackboard

Creativity, Learning from Mistakes, Trial and Error:

Watch "How To Be Creative"

Go to Creativity Page and read the thoughts on creativity. Divided in groups solve the Nine Dots Problem paying attention to how you individually and as a group solved the problem. Think of the steps you used to explore new ideas, and what you can do to improve your creative thinking skills. Present your group thoughts to the class.

Why Design?

Exercise 1 | Elements of 2D Design


Homework for Class 2

Go through the Course Outline carefully to make sure you understand what this course is about, what is expected of you, and how you can succeed in the course. Get acquaint with the course site and Blackboard.

Purchase materials!

In Blackboard, Go to Blackboard Readings and Post and choose 1. Introduce yourself

Blackboard Readings and Post choose 2. Element of Design Shape & Space | Design Basics: Shape & Space pps 162 [Nonobjective Shapes] to 173 [end of Positive/Negative Shapes]
After reading Design Basics: Shape | Space complete the sentences below based on the text you read and share visual examples to represent the terms below:
1. "Our visual perception is dependent on our ability to ______________________________"
2. The general rule of perception states that (all things being equal) our eye tend to read ______________ shapes as ____________ and _____________ shapes as ______________."
3. Share visual examples of the affirmations in #2.
4. Share a visual example of Exaggerated Shape or Distortion.
5. Share a visual example of Distortion and Expression.
6. Share a visual example of Idealism in Art.
7. Complete the sentence: "Abstraction implies a simplification of _____________________________."
8. Share an example of Biomorphic (Organic) Shapes.
9. What is Pure Form?
10. Share a visual example of Curvilinear Shapes.
11. Share a visual example of Rectilinear Shapes. 12. What are negative shapes?
13. What are positive shapes?
14. Share a visual example of Isolation of shapes.
15. Share a visual example of Integration of shapes.
16. Share a visual example of Emphasis on Integration of shapes.
17. Share a visual example of Ambiguity.

Log in to Blackboard, go to the 2D Design course and open the Discussion Board - The link for the Discussion Board is on the left side in the navigation panel. Open the "Design Basics: Line" Forum and select the "Create Thread" to post your images.

Here is a link to a video showing how to use the Blackboard Content Editor to paste text, insert video, etc.

When inserting the images in the text, please use the image icon to upload the image file to Blackboard's text editor. DO NOT copy and paste images or files into Blackboard's content editor, they will not show to the readers.
You can also work on a text editor such as Microsoft Word and save the file as PDF. Click on the link icon in the Blackboard content editor to upload the PDF file. DO NOT upload a DOC or DOCX file. It will not be read!

Upload Project 1 | B&W Shape Compositiona good photo of the three versions of the project to Blackboard under Projects. Select the entry for Project 1 | B&W Shape Composition, then click on Create Journal Entry. Make sure the three versions are finalized and each mounted on Bristol board. Do not fold, bend or wrinkle the work.

Cardboard | Magazines | 9" x 12" Drawing Paper | 14” x 17” Bristol Board | PITT Pen Set (Black) Graphite Pencil in Different Blackness | Eraser | Ruler | Xacto Knife | Cutting Mat | Scissors | Rubber Cement.