Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sophomore 3D Design Pratt ID : Second Day!!!!


The first two exercises we will do this semester are designed to acquaint you with basic issues and terminology of visual abstraction. You will deal with them in virtually all the work you do in design. If these problems are familiar, good. You can set the example for the rest of the class. If it is all strange to you, don't worry. You will understand what we are doing as we go along.

Create a composition of three rectilinear solids (one line, one plane, one volume), the axis of each moving perpendicular to the axis of the form it connects to. All three positions in space (height, width, and depth) should be shown. These are the XYZ AXES of three dimensional space.

Each form in the composition should be different from the other two. This CONTRAST AND VARIETY will set up a hierarchy of visual significance in the composition – one form will be DOMINANT, another SUB-DOMINANT, and the third will be SUBORDINATE. Different means not repeating dimensions – within a form, and between forms.

Using clay, chip board and dowel sticks, design six compositions – two where volume is dominant, two where plane is dominant, two where line is dominant. Vary the sub-dominant accordingly. i.e. – Line dominant (one study plane sub-dominant, the second study volume sub-dominant).

To connect the forms, pierce, penetrate or notch them. They must be physically connected to each other. Connections are always at right angles.

Avoid symmetry. We are exploring ASYMMETRIC BALANCE.

The three forms should describe a GROUP MOVEMENT. This will be achieved by leading the long axis of one form into the next shape, whose axis will lead to the third form. Only one form should touch the ground.

Your sketches (all sketching is three-dimensional unless otherwise indicated) should be neat and clean, and on small chip-board bases (approximately 4"x 4"). (Words taken from Lenny's Website)

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