Principles of Design

Paolo Piscitelli’s VIST-106 class explored the principles of three dimensional design with a series of projects using lines. The first exercise was a portrait of a colleague after a contour drawing, using metal wire (referring to the work of Alexander Calder) and then a free standing full round biomorphic or abstract composition. Then students began to shape space using intersecting flat planes, investigating open forms, balance, economy and proportion in design. The diversity of student work covered a wide spectrum of subjects from representational to non-objective compositions. Students used paper, cardboard and foam board combining planar and linear constructions with reference from the sculpture of Naum Gabo to bridges designed by Santiago Calatrava.

posted March 9, 2012