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ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES BOOK

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Elements and Principles Panorama Book by Allison Trumbo, 2008

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It is useful to teach students to consider various formal principles for visually organizing such things as artworks, graphic designs, or space designs. The problem is that some art curricula use these as main structural element of the entire curriculum. Students spend weeks making decontextualized exercises. In this project students experiment with elements and principles in dynamic interaction. Within five to ten days, students make a cool looking book, write out elements and principles lists and definitions, and create an "About the Author" page. Students who learn about the elements and principles in this focused way, actually remember the vocabulary and can talk about it more effectively than students who are bored by repetitive exercises.

 

This project has been taught in many middle school and high school art classes. When paired with image presentations of "real art" in which students utilize this vocabulary to describe the work and discuss how various strategies build meaning, it supports standards related to Creating and Responding. 

 

One of my criteria for a good project is that it affords many different solutions. Each year when I introduce this project to my pre-service art education students, I greatly enjoy the wide variety of solutions and seeing the individual unique styles of each student emerge. 

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Elements and Principles Panorama Book by Tracy Juarez, 2008

 

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Download a pdf of the project plan for the Elements & Principles Book.

 

Elements & Principle Panorama Book OMG.pdf

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Download directions for the basic Accordion Panorama Book.

This is the basis for the Elements & Principles Panorama Book and can be used as the basis for many other book projects.

 

Accordion Panorama Book OMG.pdf

 

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Download a pdf of Some Elements & Principles: a Clarified List and a Reflection on the Origins and Use of E&P Lists


SOME ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES-List & Reflection.pdf

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Students enjoy adding an About the Author page to their E&P Books. 

Download a modernist or a traditional ornate template for an About the Author page. 

About the Author modernist frame-4 per page.pdf

About the Author ornate frame-4 per page.pdf

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Elements and Principles Panorama Book by Pui Lam Law, 2007

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