ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES ACCORDION BOOK PROJECT The end product for this assignment will be an illustrated accordion book. Your pages can be illustrated using any method/medium you would like—paint, colored pencil, collage, etc. It will be important that you know how the book will be assembled, before you start your project, so you know which side of the page to illustrate MAKING THE ACCORDION BOOK-- Use six sheets of 9”x12” water color paper. Make an accordion book by folding each sheet in half so its new measurements are 9”x6”. Weave five of the sheets together so three folds are on the back side and two folds plus two single edges face front. The single edges will be at each end. (See illustration above). The first sheet of paper will have one image on the left and the fold will go away from you as you look at the page. The next two pages will have an image on each side of the fold with the fold coming toward you. The last sheet will have an image on the right side of the fold with the fold going away from you. That is a total of six images and four sheets of paper.
Once you finish your illustrations you may assemble your book. You will need a blank page 3 and a page 6. Page 6 is the cover. On the left back side of page 6, with the fold facing away from you write the title of your book and your name. You may illustrate the cover page as elaborately as you want. Attach a ribbon or a piece of yarn horizontally across the fold on in the middle of the other side of page 6. The fold should be facing away from you. Leave 3 to 6 inches of ribbon/yarn beyond the edge on both sides so your book can be closed and tied. ASSEMBLING YOUR PAGES: The right front of page 1 attaches to the back left of page 2. The left front of page 3 (no drawings on this page) attaches to the back right of page 2. The right front of page 3 attaches to the back left of page 4. The left front of page 5 attaches to the back right of page 4. Page 6, with a ribbon or piece of yarn attached, is the cover. With the fold going away from you, the right side will attach to the back of the 6th drawing. The left side will not be glued to anything.
Begin by finding an image you can recognize by its silhouette. This is your theme. You may use the same shape on all six pages or you may use a variation of it on each page. In order to fully illustrate each of the required elements and principles it may be difficult (though not impossible) to use the exact same silhouette. Your assignment is to use at least one element and one principle per page to illustrate the meaning of the elements and the principles. You might end up using more than one element or principle on an individual page but you must use at least one of each. You must also have 6 separate illustrations to complete your book. In addition to demonstrating your understanding of these 12 concepts, you should consider how your book fits together as a unified project. Yes, you are tying it together with a common theme but are there other stylistic choices you can make to bring about a stronger sense of unity? Think about things like color, borders, text, and medium. MORE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT: You may alter your image from the exact same silhouette in order to better represent the element or principle for the page you are working on, but you can also use the exact same silhouette. You may include text on the front of your illustrations, but be careful if you do to incorporate it into the drawing. It must enhance the illustration on the page as well as the over all meaning of your book and not simply be a label. Each page should be labeled--ON THE BACK AND IN LIGHT PENCIL--with the element(s) and principle(s) you intensionally meant to include in the drawing on the front, even if you included that information in text as part of the drawing. If you do not like one of the illustrations on pages 2 and 4 but you do like the other drawing DON'T DESPAIR! We can separate the drawings and attach the one you like to a new page, or we can assemble the accordion book in an alternative manner. Even if you cover all 12 elements and principles in fewer drawing you must complete six different illustrations. You MUST address both the negative space and the positive space. You may use the negative space as much as you use the positive space to communicate the element(s) and principle(s) the page focuses on. While you need to use an image that can be recognized by its silhouette you are not stuck with just one version of that image. Accurately illustrating the elements and principles may dictate how your image or the background might change. ELEMENTS TO CHOOSE FROM (all must be used at least once): line, shape, form, color, value, texture. PRINCIPLES TO CHOOSE FROM (all must be used at least once): movement, balance/unity, repetition/pattern, variety, emphasis, scale/proportion
EXAMPLES: Line, Shape, & Balance Color, Scale, & Movement