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Re: 5 modes of design


From: Todd Osborne (artist_tao_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 23 2002 - 10:21:12 PDT

This is a late reply, but I wanted to let you know about my version of these five categories that art may fit into.

1. Imitationalism - realistically recreating life or nature
2. Expressivism - expressing strong feeling or emotion
3. Formalism - concerned with formal elements and principles of design
4. Instrumentalism - social, political or moral message
5. Functionalism - art for utility or practical use (pottery, quilts, weaving...)

I have may students categorize any work of art that they see into ONE of these choices. Some works may fit into more than one, but they must make a choice and defend their choices.

Todd Osborne
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  Subject: Re: 5 modes of design

  I do a project with the five modes of design. I call them modes because they are styles or types of design areas that I can teach. I list them as:

  1. Naturalism- (photo realistic)
  2. Realism- ( representational)
  3. Stylized- ( simplification of details)
  4. Abstraction- (distortion and overlapping to create new shapes)
  5. Nonobjective- ( no recognizable object, elements producing the principles of design.

  In Art 1, I have a project in which they use all the modes of design with one simple object that they choose. They draw it realistically and then use paint to show the other modes, all in one composition. They can divide it into areas or have them intertwine with each other.

  Ken Schwab
  San Jose CA ---