Designing with Materials By: Serena Johnson :)

This is my shooting star drawing, from the very beginning.

This is me working on drawing my various shapes and cutting them out.

I worked very hard on this piece, which is titled "A Shooting Star", and I hope to get an A. I used lavender as my accent color, because it is one of my favorite shades of purple. I put the accent color to the side, so it looks abstract.


A lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something.


The way in which the elements in visual arts are arranged to create a feeling of equilibrium in an artwork. The three types of balance are symmetry, asymmetry, and radial.


An artistic composition made of various materials (e.g., paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface.


The overall placement and organization of elements in a work of art, as well as the interrelationships between individual elements.

Elements of Design

Sensory components used to create and talk about works of art: Line, color, shape/form, texture, value, space.

Geometric Shape

Any shape or form having more mathematic than organic design. Geometric designs are typically made with straight lines or shapes from geometry.


An element of art that refers to the continuous marke made on a surface by a moving point. In visual art, a delineation or fracturing of space in color or black and white. Line qualities can vary in width, length, gesture, color, direction, etc.

Negative Space

Shapes or spaces that are or represent the area unoccupied by objects.

Positive Space

Shapes or spaces in an image that represent solid objects or forms.

Principles of Design

A design concept describingthe ways in which the elements of an image are arranged (ie. balance, contrast, dominance, emphasis, movement, repitition, rhythm, variatition, unity)


A two-dimensional area or plane that may be open or closed, free form or geometric. It can be found in nature or created by humans.


The area between, around, above, below, or contained within objects. Spaces are areas defined by the shapes and forms around them and within them, just as shapes and forms are defined by the space around and within them.


A balance of parts on opposite sides of a perceived midline, giving the appearance of equal visual weight.

Elements Cut-Out Reflection

-The way I created a balanced composition with my cut-out piece is by having a general theme to my piece. I arranged my smaller pieces around the bigger piece. This is called asymmetry.

- I used geometric shapes. I know this because my shapes have mathematic design. The two bigger shapes on the right side are two triangles, and the various smaller shapes are called crosses.

-With my cut-out piece design I created the principles of design I focused on was repetition, because I used a lot of smaller geometric crossed surrounding the bigger shapes on the right side of the middle. I also used movement, because one of them was straight and the other ones moving to side. And emphasis, because my purple star made it pop.

-I had good craftsmanship on this project, because I am really good at my art and take my time. My drawing skills are good. The hardest part of this project was cutting the small shapes out. It was hard because I had to be very still and cut on the small lines.

- I used the gridlines to space out my shapes on the paper.

- My background color was black, my shapes I cut out were white, my accent color was light purple. I chose this because it gave a cool effect. Plus starts are known to be lighter, so that is why I didn't chose black, I chose white and light purple.

This is the before picture of my glass piece. I did shades of blue, with three levels.
This is my final glass piece. My shades of blue molded together, the darker blue is my focal point on top. I am going to give it to my mom as a present.

Glass Vocabulary


Description is identifying the literal qualities or realistic presentation of subject matter, along with the elements of art found. It demands only the facts of what can be seen, often in one or more works of art; and partly two or more works can be described by comparing them to each other.


A plan, or to plan. The organization or composition of a work; the skilled arrangement of its parts. An effective design is one in which the elements of art and principles of design have been combined to achieve an overall sense of unity.


The part of a composition that is emphasized, has the greatest visual weight, the most important, powerful, or has the most influence. A certain color can be dominant, and so can an object,line, shape, or texture.


The element of art that refers to an object with three-dimensions (height, width, and depth) and encloses volume.


The colors name. Example: red


The relation of one thing to another with respect to size and placement.


The combination of elements or art, such as line, shape, or color, in an artwork. Variety is a principle of design.

This is my rough draft for my carving project. My inspiration for my design is "Shine Bright Like A Diamond".
I added color to my design because I love purple and to help show where I would carve.
This picture shows my carving. I had to carve all around the star to make it pop.
For my first print, 1/4, I think that it was good. The best part is the star in the middle. I got the ink to come out well on the paper.
This is my second piece of my print. I think it is ok. The first ink on it that I did was best and came out the best.
This my 3rd print and I think my first time I printed it didn't come out the best but my second print, with the gold star came out great and the blue background looks nice.
This is my 4th and final print. I really like the shooting star. Overall, this was a fun project.

Printing Vocabulary


The outline of a shape.


A method of showing value by using parallel lines at different angles that get darker as they are drawn closer together.

Focal Point

The area in a work of art that an artist emphasizes.

Horizon Line

In an artwork, the line where the ground and sky appear to meet.


A color scheme using only tints and shades of a single color.


A print made from a plate that can be used only once.


A word used for black, white, and tints and shades of gray. (Some artists use tints and shades of brown as neutrals.)


In printmaking, a piece of flat material, such as wood or metal, with a design on the surface. The plate is used to print the design.


An artwork created by making an impression of a design.

Print making

The transference of an image from one surface (plate or block) to another (usually paper) with ink. The process of making one or more prints.

Relief Printing

A print made by covering a printing block with ink or paint and pressing paper onto the block. The areas or lines gouged out do not print. (Examples: woodcut, block print, linocut, styrofoam plate, etc.

Printing Relfection

1. The way I decided my imagery was I like drawing stars, especially shooting stars. Also, I out of all of my rough draft designs we decided this one would make the best to carve. Rhianna inspired me to do this design, because she is my favorite singer and she has a song, "Shine Bright Like A Diamond". My design is original because I do a lot of free hand drawing, and stars always come up.

2. I chose the colors, lavender, dark purple, turquoise and peach because they are all my favorite colors and I knew I wanted to yellow and gold for my paint, so I knew it would really pop on these backgrounds. I would not make any changes to my colors. I like them.

3. The lion-cut that I like most is the hand-colored. It worked great for my design.

This is my rough draft for my design for the Mixed Media Project!
This is where I added the tape to the paper to show my design.
Here, I put a motorcycle on the page with the roller by using the stenciling technique.
I took off the tape from the motorcycle and added more tape to make red circles and half circles. It looks like a half moon.
Here, I took the tape off and this is the end result after doing the half moons.
I put my name on the back and painted two coats on the top and one coat on the sides. This is where we will glue our mixed media paper.
Here, I did the string technique. I just did the dots to give it a cool effect.
This is where I did the zen tangling. I used a pen and made little specks all over the page. I put the dots on the line.


A style of art that is not realistic. Unusual lines, colors, and shapes make the subject look unrealistic. It is often characterized by the use of geometric lines and shapes and bold, bright colors.


Quick drying, plastic polymer pigment used with water.


The process of adding or joining parts and/or visual elements together to create a painting, collage or sculpture (as opposed to subtractive).


The part of the picture plane that seems to be farthest from the viewer.


Part of a two-dimensional artwork that appears to be nearer the viewer or in the “front” of the image. Middle ground and background are the parts of the picture that appear to be farther and farthest away.


Also called chroma or saturation; refers to the brightness of a color (a color is full in intensity only when in its pure form and unmixed). Color intensity can be changed by adding black, white, gray or an opposite color on the color wheel.

Middle Ground

Area of a two-dimensional work of art between the foreground (closest to the front) and background (furthest receded).

Mixed Media

An artwork in which more than one type of art material is used.


Having no recognizable object or subject; also, nonrepresentational.


A transparent pigment used with water. Paintings done with this medium are known as watercolors.

This was the big reveal after I took the tape off!
I had to spray the wood with spray glue, line up my mixed media perfectly, and press down really hard to make it stick.

Mixed Media Reflection

1. This piece was inspired by John Cena because he has a cool motorcycle. I enjoy John Cena because he is an excellent skateboarder, knows how to have fun, and I like his motorcycle.

2. I chose the colors green and yellow because they are cool. I put the tape in the positions that I did because I thought it would look perfect.

3. My favorite part of my mixed media project is the motorcycle because it was really easy to do it.

4. While creating my mixed media piece, I really did not like the zen tangling. I do not think it is my style but I did it because it was part of the project.

5. At first, I did not think that I would like the string painting, but I ended up liking it a tiny bit.


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