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Strand 5

Students will identify and explain the basic principles of design or the "rules"/guidelines of design: scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, emphasis/focal point and harmony. (STEM: Math, Science)
  • Balance
    Difference between symmetrical (formal) and asymmetrical (informal) balance.
  • Elements and Principles Using a Movie
    This lesson provides both students and teacher with an "entertaining" break while fulfilling the requirements of a specific performance objective (303).
  • Emphasis Board
    Students will be given a sample that must be emphasized in the room they design. This will provide students with a hands-on opportunity to work with emphasis.
  • Harmony Designs
    This lesson provides students with an opportunity to work with a partner in a hands-on approach to designing a harmonious room.
  • Harmony Quilt Blocks
    Students will create a quilt block following very specific rules and the three colors of paper provided in class.
  • Principles Video
    This lesson uses the video Design: The Principles as an introduction to the principles of design unit.
  • Principles of Design - Picture Assignment
    Students will find a large, clear picture depicting each of the different principles of design. Students will then write a complete sentence describing where they see each of the principles of design in the pictures they have chosen.
  • Rhythm
    How to create rhythm by repetition, transition, gradation, opposition, and radiation.
  • Rhythm Compositions
    This lesson provide students with an artistic opportunity to create an example of each of the different types of rhythm.
  • Room Balance
    This activity provides students with an artistic, creative and challenging way to create the three types of balance--symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.
  • Scale & Proportion Collages
    This lesson will help students to understand the concept of scale and proportion through the use of incorrect examples of each.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Lola  Shipp and see the CTE/Architecture & Construction website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - THALEA  LONGHURST.

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