Post by Bill Tippit
Each year I try to start with simple projects that review the basic elements of design with my Art Foundations students before we get into projects that require deeper understanding of the elements and principles. This year I chose to have my students create Illuminated letters. The project however had specific requirements that provided the students opportunities to demonstrate knowledge of line, shape and pictorial space.
The students were required to create :
an Illuminated letter with organic shapes
a border with geometric shapes
a pattern with both rectilinear and curvilinear lines of varying weights in the
negative spaces of the design.
This was the first time I did this project and the students enjoyed it so much that we extended the concept and are currently creating entire illuminated manuscript pages with specific requirements dealing with value, color and texture. Stay tuned!