Class 5 | Line & Rhythm

Critique (1 hour)

  1. Setup your work somewhere in the classroom (spread out)
  2. Present the following:
    • Creative Process Book
    • Inked Thumbnails
    • Cut-Paper Compositions
  3. Review Project Guidelines: Assignment #1 | A View from My Window | Figure-Ground Relationships
  4. Based on the project guidelines, anonymously choose 3 students that have successfully completed the project.
  5. Discuss the finished work in terms of concept, craft, what was learned, and the creative process:
    • your name
    • what you are presenting (title and design problem)
    • which parts are successful and why
    • which parts are unsuccessful and why
    • what you learned from this exercise

Lecture (30 Min)

The Elements: basic components used as part of any composition, independent of the medium.

  1. Line: An series of points, which has length and direction. It can be the connection between two points, the space between shapes, or the path of a moving point. A closed line creates a shape.

The Principles: basic assumptions that guide the design practice.

  1. Rhythm: Is a repeated pattern, such as what we hear in music. In different art forms, it can be a very complex interrelationship or a regular, steady beat.
    1. Repetition: Repeating a sequence; occurring more than a few times. In design, repetition can create visual consistency and a sense of unity.
    2. Pattern: Unbroken repetition, the repeating of an line, object or symbol.
    3. Variety: Visual rhythm is often punctuated with variations or changes in color, texture, or form. Creating variety is easy. Too much variety can lead to chaos and confusion for the viewer. A designer must effectively use pace and spacing to create rhythm and achieve unity in a composition.
    4. Monotony: Without variety or change, excessive repetition can lead to boredom and uninteresting compositions.


Lab (1 Hour)

  1. Introduction to Assignment #2 | Aural Topographies : Visualizing Music
  2. Materials needed:
    • Creative Process Book, pencils (wide range from 4h to 4B), inking pens (range from thick to thin).
    • Your favorite piece of music on CD or flash drive.
  3. Work in class.


  1. Complete the first experiments for Assignment #2 : Line Networks : Monotony and Variety
  2. Materials needed next class: 9×12″ Bristol, ruler/t-square, pencils, inking pens, tape. — check website for extra supplies.