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3-D Design

Level: Academic (Honors by contract)

Credits: 2.5 Visual/Performing Arts

Course Description: 3-D Design is an introduction to the understanding and creation of three dimensional art. Students learn to think creatively in three dimensions through hands-on projects. Projects relate to the organization of ideas and exploration of materials and to the use of the Elements and Principles of Design in three dimensions.


  • Standard 1.1: The Creative Process – All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
  • Standard 1.2: History of the Arts and Culture – All students will understand the role, development, and influence of the arts throughout history and across cultures
  • Standard 1.3: Performing – All students will synthesize skills, media, methods, and technologies that are appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
  • Standard 1.4: Aesthetic Responses & Critique Methodologies – All students will demonstrate and apply an understanding of arts philosophies, judgment, and analysis to works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.

Supplementary Materials

  • Artist and Art Movement Videos and DVDs
  • Current Art Publications/Artist Biographies
  • Internet Resources

Units of Study

  • Elements of 3-D Design (Form, Surface, Proportion, Structure, Contour,and Space)
  • Principles of Design (Balance, Movement, Rhythm, Contrast, Emphasis, Pattern)
  • Methods and Materials
  • Composition (Creation of balanced, dynamic artworks in three dimensions)
  • Critique
  • Art History

Proficiencies: By the end of this course, students will:

  • Have knowledge of and be able to use the Elements of 3-D Design in art.
  • Have knowledge of and be able to use the Principles of Design in art.
  • Have knowledge of methods and materials used to construct 3-D artworks.
  • Have knowledge of at least 3 different materials used to create 3-D artworks.
  • Express a variety of surface textures.
  • Show a working knowledge of art vocabulary.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the process of critique.
  • Refine their perceptual, intellectual, physical, and technical skills through the creation of visual art.
  • Have an understanding and awareness of historical and artistic accomplishments throughout the ages.
  • Have knowledge of the rules of composition in art and apply those rules to their own artworks.
  • Think, write, and speak about art critically and fluently.

Evaluation & Assessment

  • Projects (40%) – projects are assigned as both instructional tools and instruments for assessment. Projects are assessed on an individual basis and evaluated based on the following criteria: following instructions, skill and development, creativity and originality, craftsmanship, and completion of the project.
  • Class Work (30%) – an integral aspect of the learning process, allowing students to demonstrate their ongoing understanding of content and concepts taught.   Class work includes demonstration of a cooperative attitude and contribution to the learning process of the class, proper utilization of class time, attendance and punctuality, proper use of materials and supplies, studio set-up and clean-up, and participation in class discussions and critiques.
  • Tests/Quizzes (10%) – an assessment of cumulative knowledge and understanding of a unit of study/evaluation of short-term knowledge and understanding of homework assignments and class lessons.
  • Homework (10%) – enables students to exercise and reinforce their knowledge and understanding of skills taught in class, as well as preparation and/or research for projects to be executed in class.
  • Final Exam (10%) – a culminating assessment of skills and knowledge administered at the end of the semester’s coursework.


Updated: 9/26/2017