Project 4: Corners



To further demonstarte the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design. You will investigate Repetition, Rhythm, Craft, Balance, Closed Form, Plane, Connection, Layering, Harmony, Variety, Line, Additive Techniques and Emphasis. This object will be nonrepresentational in nature and be geometric.



Step 1: To construct the initial object you will be required to cut two perfect 12-inch squares and one 12-inch triangle out of the provided foam core. It is better to make a number of shallow cuts to get through the foam core rather than trying to cut in one deep cut. Never cut directly on the tables! Make sure to cut slow, straight and with the blade completely vertical, don’t try to bevel your cuts. Create seamless joints with no glue dripping down them buy first adding glue to the ends and then combining pieces, using the artist tape provided to support your structure while the glue dries. Consider reinforcing the interior joints with additional foam core pieces glued in.


Step 2: Make a number of thumbnails exploring different nonrepresentational geometric forms with varying amounts of relief. You can use your entire foam core sheet or use economy. Obviously craft is an enormous factor. You can only layer the foam core, no gluing shapes on their edge allowed.


Step 3: Once you have narrowed down your design draw them out in a 1:1 scale with your object i.e. you have two perfect 12-inch drawings and one 12-inch triangle. Perhaps even number the shapes. Apply the drawings to the form to work out any structural issues. Think complexity, depth, form and space.


Step 4: Begin cutting the shapes of your design out of the remaining foam core. Consider depth and relief. We don’t want this object to be flat. Make sure if there are “steps” in your design that they are uniform and deliberate in design. Otherwise all shapes must be flush edge wise, that is to say no undercuts allowed.


Step 5: Never cut on the table directly, consider building complexity as you work. Explore the positive and negative space of your design. Consider light and shadow as well.


Step 6: Keep your object as well crafted as possible form the start. Be safe, don't startle anyone while cutting and police one another on safe studio practices.


Size Limitation:

No Larger than 24 inches in any dimension.



Foam Core, Glue, X-Acto Knife & Blades, Artist Tape, Steel Ruler, Sketching Materials

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