Ap 2d Design Assignments Meaning

2D Design Portfolio 

A variety of works demonstrating your understanding of the principles of design. The principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground relationship) can be articulated through the visual elements (line, shape, color, value, texture, space). Any 2D process may be submitted, including graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, illustration, painting, printmaking, etc. 


You will create three works of art using this Kaleidoscope process all using the principles of design BALANCE & REPETITION. First follow the step-by-step instructions to create a hexagon-Kaleidoscope with a flat colored background (it doesn't have to be white). 
For the third step, you will need at least 3 colored prints of your Kaleidoscope on index paper. You will cut out different shapes and layer the on top of each other to create a sculptural piece.

Printing on top of a Photograph

Styrofoam Cups Drawing

Arrange at least 8 styrofoam cups to draw from observation. Spend one class period sketching them in relationship to one another. Proportions need to be accurate and the arrangement needs to be photographed before the end of class. Once the drawing is accurate cross-contour and weighted contour lines should be added to depict form and value. In the end this drawing will be reinterpreted into a relief print. This artwork should emphasize the design principle of proportion/scale.

Cereal Box Construction

This artwork should emphasize the design principle of unity/variety.

Figure-Ground Relationship

Figure-Ground Relationship relates to the positive & negative space in an image playing an equal role. Rather than the negative space just being a background, it is just as important to the artwork as the positive space. This works best with silhouettes since it is the surrounding area, the negative space, that defines the silhouette shape in the positive space. This work of art should exemplify figure/ground relationships, contrast and emphasis.

Handmade Paper

Create a piece of handmade paper and either cut shapes out, collage your own paper back on top or create an embossed design in the paper exemplifying RHYTHM & REPETITION.


Find an object from nature, lay it over a white surface and coat the surface with spray paint (with the object on the surface). Repeat with another object creating two of these. Then fill in the positive space on one of them and the negative space on another with text exemplifying FIGURE/GROUND RELATIONSHIP, BALANCE & CONTRAST. 


Create a stencil out of mylar or acetate and prepare a background by either tea-staining paper or adding watercolor. Lay your stencil on top and add modeling paste exemplifying TEXTURE, SHAPE & SPACE. 



Use a wadded up piece of paper, a brown paper sack or a piece of popcorn. Start with a contour drawing, then a shaded version and end with a black and white paper-cut version. Don't forget about the negative space!!!

Lyrical Poster

Select words from your favorite song, poem or book. Compose that text into a "lyrical poster" using a variety of text directions, fonts, sizes and colors. The principles utilized in this assignment are variety and emphasis. Be sure to acknowledge the author somewhere in your design, even if it is small.

To begin you can try copying text into Wordle (link below) to see what design emerges. You can use that idea to make your final piece, but the Wordle IS NOT THE FINAL PIECE. This can be a cut paper design (meaning the letters will be cut out and glued down to paper), a print, or a computer generated image. 

Examples from Alice Taylor

This artwork should exemplify balance, rhythm and repetition.


Create an artwork inspired by the theme of hands. Open media.

Inside and Out

Create a work of art that illustrates the idea of inside and outside being equally important.

Text in Art

Experiment with using text in a composition using any medium or a combination of mediums that we have used in class. You can create contour drawings on top of a surface (text, maps, etc.), experiment with combining painting and drawing together, draw or paint back into a watercolor,etc. Use the Art Idea Generator for a theme if you do not have any ideas.

Paper-Cut Still-Life

Arrange a simple still-life and draw it out. Use 3-4 different values in colors to represent the shapes in the still-life. You can draw back on top 

Symbolic Hair

This artwork should exemplify emphasis.

Summer Assignment

Instructions: You are to complete at least five of the following assignments over the summer for the AP 2-D Design class; it is also recommended that you be work­ing in a personal sketchbook/visual journal/altered book. These pieces will be due at the beginning of the third week of school. Your outside work will constitute 50% of your grade throughout the year in AP. Consequently, if you do not do this work, you will not pass the first six-week period. I also want you to take time over the summer to think about ideas that you may want to pursue as a concentration. Please return with a list of 20 potential ideas to be discussed with the class during the second week of school.

Each of the pieces needs to be done no larger than an 18 x 24 surface You may choose the type of surface to work on—paper, card­board, canvas board, plywood, mat board, etc.

Please keep in mind that although drawing does involve design, the emphasis in this studio is on design—the formal elements and principles (elements: line, color, texture, space, value, shape, and form; principles: unity, balance, contrast, repetition, variety, dominance, etc.). Concept/idea, craftsmanship, and the cre­ation of a visually successful design will all be components of every grade.

You will develop mastery in concept, composition, as well as execution of 2D design elements and principles. As you approach the requirements for this course, you will be expected to use a variety of concepts and approaches to demonstrate your ideas and abilities. Versatility of techniques is also emphasized as you develop ideation and solutions to your problems.

·Do a portrait, self-portrait, landscape, or still-life in the style of another artist in which formal aspects of design are emphasized—i.e. Monet/Impressionism, Matisse/Fauvism, Picasso/Cubism, Warhol/Pop, Dali/Surrealism, Van Gogh/Postimpressionism, etc. You may have to do a bit of research to understand the stylistic tendencies of these artists/movements.

·do a self-portrait, or several different ones, that expresses a specific mood/emotion–e.g., anger/rage, melancholy/loneliness, happiness/joy, etc. Manipulate light and color to enhance the psychological atmosphere. Also, consider the development of the environment/setting.

·Do some exploration with mixed media. Do a piece (portrait, self-portrait, landscape, or stilllife) in which you use at least three different media—i.e., a wet medium, a dry medium and some collage element.

·Do a portrait, self-portrait, still-life, or landscape using either a complementary, analogous, or split-complementary color scheme (you may use black and white as well as shades and tints of the chosen hues).

·Do a drawing of a futuristic cityscape—e.g., Atlanta in the year 2050 (keep in mind rules of one-, two-, and three-point perspective.

·Divide a page, canvas, board—i.e. the working surface—into three equal inset spaces. Do three views of one landscape. Limit yourself to a specific color scheme.

·Do a graphite drawing of a still-life arrangement that consists of reflective objects—your goal is to convey a convincing representation with a full range of values. To add interest to the composition, you might also want to render yourself being reflected in the objects.

·Do a drawing of an unusual interior—for instance, looking inside a closet, cabinet, refrigerator, inside your car... use your imagination!

·Do a drawing of your worldly treasures arranged in an interesting still-life composition.

·Do a drawing of your worldly treasures as they come to life—animate them.

·Do a drawing of your hands arranged in a variety of poses. You must carefully plan your composition in order for the separate units to work together visually.

·Do a color rendering of a still-life arrangement consisting of your family member’s shoes—try to convey some “sense” of each of your individual family member’s distinct personalities in your piece.


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