Create a radially symmetrical design that integrates abstract design elements and the shapes of one or more of the natural forms found in Burlington (from your nature studies in school and at home). Use the palette (color selection; color scheme) from your master painting grid to inform the colors of this design.
Focus on all the things you would normally focus on in a finished design. PRESENTATION COUNTS.
Radial symmetry emanates from the center of the circle, with a reiteration of shape and arrangement in its various sections. Think of a kaleidoscope, but more organized.
Concentrate on the formal (design) aspects of the piece. Include pattern and/or repetition of motif. Use Art Nouveau and Art Deco as guides to your style (See references below.).
Due: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Circular, 9"” diameter
Watercolor on watercolor paper (at least 9 x 9” paper)
Stylized -- Include pattern and ornamentation
Visual Impact -- Design/Composition
Integration of representational elements in an abstract design
Look these styles up to figure out how to incorporate stylistic elements into representational art:
- Art Nouveau
- Art Deco
- Artistic style that originated in 1895.
- Inspired by the artist Alphonse Mucha.
- Found throughout the architecture, painting, sculpture, and other forms of Art Nouveau design.
- "Sudden violent curves generated by the crack of a whip”
- The term "whiplash" is frequently applied to the characteristic curves employed by Art Nouveau artists.
- Decorative "whiplash" motifs, formed by dynamic, undulating, and flowing lines in a syncopated rhythm.
Art Deco (/ˌɑrt ˈdɛkoʊ/), or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s, then waned in the post-World War II era. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation.
Deco emerged from the Interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favored by its predecessor Art Nouveau.
Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as "an assertively modern style...[that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material...[and] the requirements of mass production."
During its heyday Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
(All of the above is from Wikipedia.)
Some of the images below are examples of Art Deco from the time period, while others are more recent works inspired by Art Deco.
These drawings and paintings were created by students in the Portfolio class of 2013-2014.