Elements & Principles of Design

Presentation on Components of an Artwork (Subject/Form/Content/Context) 2D Design Link to online presentation. ELEMENTS: Line – The way we treat our lines establishes a particular/dominant mood/emotion. Shape – Flat, 2D aspects of form, as opposed to volume (think silhouette) Value/Tone – Relative lightness or darkness Texture – Can be actual or implied Color – (we won’t use color in Beginning Drawing) PRINCIPLES: Balance – can be […]

Flickr Account

our class Flickr Account // user: pass: spring2017

Good Discussion Q's

Good discussion questions are not answered by “yes” or “no.” Instead they lead to higher order thinking (analysis, synthesis, comparison, evaluation) about the work and the issues it raises. Good discussion questions call for more than simply recalling facts or guessing what the teacher already wants to know, but are open-ended, leading to a variety […]

SketchUp & Shapeways

Rendering SketchUp images with free software: // Search engine for free 3D models: //!/ Remember that most models in the 3D Ware house were created for use in visualizations, so they’re not built with 3D printing in mind. If you import a .stl file and open it in Sketchup, there will be triangulated lines on the model. […]

Writing Tips

This is a list of problems I usually come across when grading written work (and that lower your grade), along with some advice about how to solve them. Please read this before handing in your written work, so that you can write better and I can give you a good grade.  1. Communicate using Standard […]

Banality/Cliche Checklist

Cliche, trite, banality, unoriginality, predictability, dullness, ordinariness, triviality, staleness, vapidity, commonplace Anything that is lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition: hearts, eyes, peace signs, crosses, puppies, cats, dragons, snipers, vaginas & penises for shock value, anime, rainbows, stars, paintbrushes and other art supplies, cigarettes, hands, mermaids, lips, views in […]

Ellen's Pet Peeves

1. When students ask me questions that are answered in the syllabus, previous emails, or assignment sheets 2. When students ask for extra credit (there is no extra credit) 3. When students arrive unprepared for class 4. When students don’t keep track of their attendance record (check online frequently throughout the semester) 5. When students […]

Presentation Tips

It’s important to create presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. Here, 10 tips for making an effective slide deck. The big picture… Think about your slides last. Building your slides should be […]

Documenting Your Work

It is important to be able take good photos of your work. It is also important to know how to maintain a blog/website (as professionals in your field, networking is integral to your success). Thus, we will practice these skills by maintaining a class blog of all our homework photos. When you are taking photos […]


Adapted from this site Remember that brainstorming is a trick to generate as many ideas as possible. We’re going for QUANTITY rather than quality at this point. No judging your ideas or those of others. Get every single idea out, no matter how silly, absurd, or stupid you might normally think it is. “What if?” The class will […]


Books: Soft Sculpture by Carolyn Vosburg Hall (oldie but goodie – pretty craft oriented, but lots of useful info; Vosburg Hall received her MFA from Cranbrook)