1.03-E&P3-Element of Shape

Project Scenario:

This week will be focused on introducing you to the Elements of Shape and space. Like line and space, these elements are often ignored as carriers of a feeling.  There is so much that you can do with a simple shape, and placing it in the right area of the document to use the space itself to communicate a message. This exercise will help you use shapes to create feeling and convey a message with the shape alone.

Project Objectives:

Create multiple examples of the use of shape and volume to create feeling.


  • Watch these videos
  • Create three posters using guide lines in Illustrator to create 4 uneven divisions of each page. In other words, create 4 squares on each page, each square having different size and shape.
  • In each square of each page, use the shape tools to create a shape that communicates feeling. Try to choose the feeling first, and then pick the square that most communicates that feeling to you. (19.02,3,7,8,9; 13.0)
  • The shapes must all be BLACK AND WHITE ONLY!
  • Use the text tool to label the feeling that is conveyed by each shape in each square.
  • Save your work as,, and in your files folder
  • You must create shapes that convey the following-  Restful, bizarre, lonely, smart, nervous, expectant, creative.   The other 5 boxes you can do your own emotions (if you want ideas, look in guidelines below)   


  • Computer Workstation
  • Adobe Illustrator


  • DesignLab Sandbox – Watch These Videos!!!
  • Elements and Principles- ISBN xxxxxxxxx
  • ArtTalk Textbook – ISBN xxxxxxxxx
  • Internet Research


  • Be sure that you always save to your personal folder. Use the names above so it’s easy to find.
  • Try using the pathfinder and the filters to help create feeling- Create new shapes.
  • Pay attention to the shape you’re creating, butALSO to the shape you’re leaving on the paper. Get familiar with negative and positive space.
  • Learn how to use GOOGLE. It’s a great search engine.
  • Need other feelings to convey? Try active, aggressive, slow, hurting, sad, afraid, captive, constrained, unrestrained, depressed, technological, orderly, elegant, or beautiful.


3 pages with 4 uneven divisions, each containing a shape and an emotive descriptor.

State Standards Met:

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