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Lesson Plan Originally Created By: Mike Morris

Principles of Art

Part of Unit: Intro to Art Theory and Fundamentals

Lesson Plan Overview / Details

In this lesson students will become familiar with the Principles of Art. This is overview of the  Principles of Design used in art and animation. Awareness of these principles will help students understand the images seen in animated art. This vocabulary will also help students communicate their ideas through art.

The class will view several short animations that illustrate the Principles of Art. 

These short videos will introduce students to the vocabulary in a visual format. The videos will introduce students to the ways artists communicate and combine the Elements of Art in animated compositions. These short animation examples will open the class for an in-depth discussion about the Principles of Art.

Lesson Time

Introduction to the Principles of Art
1 Class Period

Objectives and Goals

  • Students will be able to identify and define each of the Principles of Design.
  • Students will be able to recognize the Principles of Design as applied to animation art.

Activities in this Lesson

  • Introduction Hooks / Set

    The class will view several short animations that illustrate the Principles of Art. These short videos will introduce students to the vocabulary in a visual format. The videos will introduce students to the ways artists communicate and combine the Elements of Art in composition in animation. This will open the class for an in-depth discussion about the Principles of Art.

    Resources and Materials

  • A presentation of  the Principles of Art with visual examples for each of the concepts.

    Questions for art examples in presentation.

    How has the artist achieved harmony ?
    What is the focal point or area of emphasis?
    How is contrast used in the artwork?
    How is movement incorporated in the art?

    Resources and Materials

    • Principles of Art- Presentation [ Watch Video ] [ Download Original Video ] Principles of Art- Presentation-Quicktime
    • Principles of Art & Design.pdf [ Download ] Principles of Art- Presentation-PDF format
    • Principles of Art & Design: handout.pdf [ Download ] Hand out to go with Presentation
  • Enduring Understandings Check Understanding

    ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS:
    Principles and Elements of design are related.

    ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:
    How are the Elements and Principles of Design related?

    TOPICAL UNDERSTANDINGS:
    Principles and Elements of design are needed to create an effective composition
    Principles and elements of design are used to convey an image

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    How are the Principles of design applied to create an effective composition?

    How does the application of the Elements and Principles affect the meaning of an artwork?
     

    Resources and Materials

    • Analysis and Writing about Artwork [ Download ] Writing Prompt

Assessment

Assessment Types:
Writing Samples, Teacher-Made Test, Observations,

Students are able to identify and define each of the Principles of Design.

Students are able to recognize the Principles of Design as applied to animation art.

 

 

 

  • Quiz-Principles of Art Quiz-Principles of Art/Design [ Download ]
  • Principles of Art- Vocabulary Principles of Art- Vocabulary [ Download ]

Principles of Art

Balance
The way in which the elements in visual arts are arranged tocreate a feeling of equilibrium in a work of art. The three types of balanceare symmetry, asymmetry, and radial.
Contrast
Difference between two or more elements (e.g., value, color,texture) in a composition; juxtaposition of dissimilar elements in a workof art; also, the degree of difference between the lightest and darkestparts of a picture.
Dominance
The importance of the emphasis of one aspect in relation toall other aspects of a design
Emphasis
Special stress given to an element to make it stand out.harmony The principle of design that combines elements in a work ofart to emphasize the similarities of separate but related parts.
Movement
The principle of design dealing with the creation of action.rhythm Intentional, regular repetition of lines of shapes to achieve aspecific repetitious effect or pattern.
Principles of Design
The organization of works of art. They involve theways in which the elements of art are arranged (balance, contrast, dominance,emphasis, movement, repetition, rhythm, subordination, variation,unity).
Subordination
Making an element appear to hold a secondary or lesserimportance within a design or work of art.
Unity
Total visual effect in a composition achieved by the careful blendingof the elements of art and the principles of design.
Variety
A principle of art concerned with combining one or more elementsof art in different ways to create interest.