Fall, 09


To create a moving, morphing, dynamic grid. This project focuses on the concept of gradation (gradual change) of a shape or shapes. Gradation can be applied to many elements like value, color, line, texture, etc. In this assignment you will consider gradation of shape, direction, size, position, space, and / or gravity. You do not have to employ all the elements listed, but are encouraged to experiment and explore each concept. By multiplying the column or unit form, additional designs / patterns will begin to emerge.



Graph paper
Sketch Pad
Sharpie markers (for sketching)
Illustration Board (hot or cold pressed) (10x 15 inches if using a rectangle shape)
Micron Pens
India Ink
Measuring tools
Exacto Knife


Using graph paper, measure out a 2 x 10 inch rectangle. Divide the rectangle into 5 equal parts (2 x 2 inches), and begin with a simple idea. For example, try a moving circle from one side of the square to the other (also, change the size of the circle from small to large: gradation of size/scale). This process is similar to making a story board reading from top to bottom. Now, duplicate the column of images again to the right of your first column. Notice the new patterns (positive and negative) forming when shapes begin to integrate. Finally, experiment and explore several possible solutions that may exhibit a unique dynamic design of positive and negative shapes.


-Canvas size (illustration board): 20 x 15 inches
-Image size: 10 x 10 inches
-each grid is 2 x 2 inches, if you would like to change the grid size or type of grid seek my approval
-Only black and white (the ground or field will be part of the design)
-Must use Micron Pens and India Ink for final presentation
-Do not outline the original rectangle or square. The negative shape will interact with the border.
-I may add more to the list during class


-Are you following the concept of the project?
- Neatness, precision, Intelligent and crafty use of the medium (no distractions from craftsmanship errors)
-Originality, problem solving, innovation
Composition (overall design)
Does your work feel balanced, and unified or whole?
-Does the project seem complete, developed/evolved, and well executed?

Below are examples of gradations. Can you define what type of gradation is in each example?




Below is an example of the project (growing column)




Below are examples of what you can do with a unit form. We will discuss unit forms in class.