Radial Name Design

4 days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.1 Engage in full iterative cycles of the artistic/creative process by problem seeking, exploring, making analytical, application, aesthetic, and design choices, before completion.

 

C.2 Develop an idea, question, or problem that is guided by the personal, historical, contemporary, cultural, environmental, and/or economic contexts of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements, organizational principles, patterns, relationships, techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

P.1 Apply the techniques, elements, principles, intellectual methods, concepts, and functions of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline to communicate ideas, emotions, experiences, address opportunities to improve daily life, and solve problems with insight, reason, and competence.

 

P.2 Demonstrate skillful use of appropriate vocabularies, tools, instruments, and technologies of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

Objectives:

  • Students will create a Radial Name Design using words, unique lettering, and cool and warm colors.
  • Students will be able to recognize balance and radial symmetry.
  • Students will be able to integrate good craftsmanship into a unique radial name design.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a positive self image through lettering design.
Vocabulary Words:

Radial design, pattern, balance, rhythm, and block and/or bubble lettering, warm and cool colors, concentric circles

Radial Symmetry: Symmetry of circular objects: symmetry in which something can be divided into two identical halves by a line or plane passing through a central point or axis at any angle.



Radial: Running from center outward: spreading out from a common center like the spokes of a wheel.

Radial balance: Radial refers to anything of, relating to, or arranged like rays. Radial balance is any type of balance based on a circle with its design extending from its center. Your designs are balanced as they are equally spaced as they spiral from center.


 

 

Preparation:

Cut 12x12” white paper.

Materials and Resources:

·         Example of the Radial Name Design

·         Evaluation sheet

·         12 x 12” white paper

·         Pencil

·         Colored markers
­        


Motivation – Instruction:

·         Teacher will show example of the project.

·         Go over evaluation sheet and project expectations.

·         Explain that “our designs are going to be a radial design, much like the spokes of a bike wheel.  The alternating of space with a word and space with a pattern is the rhythm of the design.”

Procedure:

Day 1:

·         Teacher will show example of the project.

·         Go over evaluation sheet and project expectations.

·         Explain that “our designs are going to be a radial design, much like the spokes of a bike wheel.  The alternating of space with a word and space with a pattern is the rhythm of the design.”

·         Pass out 12x12” white paper and students will find the center of their paper (pinching the paper in half both ways helps).

·         Students will draw 6 wavy lines (as demonstrated by the teacher) so that each line went through the center of their paper – resulting in a pinwheel design.

·         Students will draw 6-7 concentric circles, the first one starting in the center of the paper.

·         The teacher will demonstrate how to make block and bubble style lettering on the board (students can practice a few letters on the back of their paper).

·         The class will brainstorm and make a class list of different positive words that describe them. Students will then create their own list of 4 positive describing words on the back of their paper.

Day 2:

·         Students will erase the circle lines in between 6 of the wavy line spaces (as demonstrated by the teacher in class).

·         Students will neatly write their 4 positive describing words, plus their first and last name using either bubble or block lettering (on word per space). Students will begin the words at the center of the paper so that the letters enlarge as they approach the edge of the paper – the letters fit the wavy space from top to bottom.

 

 

 

Day 3:

·         Students will finish drawing their words.

·         Students will begin coloring their design with colored markers. Students will color in their words the space around their words using warm colors (reds, yellows, and oranges). The circle background will be colored using cool (blues, greens, and violets) – no white space left showing.

Day 4:

·         Students will neatly finish coloring in their design.

·         Teacher will go over with class what the cool colors and warm colors are.

Resources:

Adapted from: Patti Caiola – www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/elem/Patti-name.htm