Designing with Materials By: Jack mason

Element Cuts Project

Project Vocab


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.

Step 1: Drawing out designs

Step 2: Final design

Step 3: Cut out

step 4: Rubber cement them on

Step 5: Add Focal point

Element Cut Project Reflection

Throughout this project I created a balanced composition by using the same pattern and shape type. I used organic shapes that are long, lengthy and wavy. The shapes make the project flow better towards the focal point. I focused on making the image organized so it would flow into the focal point, I started with the color blue but after seeing it decided it wasn't a good pop. I changed it to a vibrant yellow so it would pop more. I used the rule of thirds by putting the focal point not in the middle but is a separate section. I felt my overall craftsmanship on the project was very good, I took my time on every part and did my best. The hardest part of this project was rubber cementing for me and laying the pieces out correctly. This was a very fun project and enjoyed it a lot.

Printing 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 Reflection

I decided to create my design by going to a more geometric design. I modeled it so there would be all geometric shapes and one organic shape in the corner. No artist influenced my design it was original. I decided to focus most of my prints off the colors blue and red. I used these because they are dominant colors and I believe it looked very good. I don't believe I would make any changes I really liked the design. I found the Color Reduction the best because it was the most fascinating.

Mixed Media Project

Project Vocab.


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.


My background was the original salt layer with the blue, red, and purple. The Middle ground was the white pattern and the Foreground was the final white dots and the blue pattern. The hardest part of the layering process was make sure to make sure the background, foreground, and middleground to all look good together. I learned there are many different ways to incorporate a middleground, foreground and background. I wish i would have known more about the screen pattern to add more or even make my own. I wish i would have left more space unpainted at the beginning to add extra detail in the middle and foreground.


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