Judy Durkin
CTE Teacher

Elements of Art & Principles of Design Grid Project

Project Published 1/17/13 Last updated on 3/2/20
Students will create small designs using letter forms only to demonstrate understand of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. They will use Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop to do the assignment. Assignment instructions, grid, and rubric included.
  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

  • InDesign

    Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

Age Levels
1+ Day
Content Standards
Common Core State Standards
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor
CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
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Michel Sohel

Posted on 4/7/20 5:16:23 PM Permalink

​Very nice principle rubric Judy.

Chris Piner

Posted on 4/6/20 10:35:48 PM Permalink

​Great assignment idea Judy. I love the grid to really distinguish each element and principle.


Posted on 3/3/20 8:31:57 AM Permalink

​appreciated it! I would like to implement this in my class

Andy Bonifacio

Posted on 2/12/20 1:18:13 AM Permalink

​great! i will use this in my classes.

Percy Ordonez

Posted on 2/7/20 4:14:02 PM Permalink

​Very useful and easy to follow.

Joanne Mignone

Posted on 1/20/20 7:16:25 AM Permalink

​What a great idea

Mick Perkins

Posted on 1/10/20 8:12:18 PM Permalink

​Looking for something like this for ages . thanks so much

Milind Dixit

Posted on 12/31/19 6:06:39 PM Permalink

​Thank You

Shannon Bourne

Posted on 12/18/19 5:58:14 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing this resource. Looking forward to using it!

Manal Shanableh

Posted on 12/13/19 7:00:37 PM Permalink

​hi, is there any video?

A.J. Lara

Posted on 11/28/19 4:47:05 AM Permalink

​Great resource. Thank You.

Henry Francisco

Posted on 11/15/19 4:52:26 PM Permalink

​Thanks for posting.

Carol Lorigan

Posted on 9/9/19 10:34:03 AM Permalink

​Interesting and a lot of fun!

Alper Ciftci

Posted on 9/7/19 1:55:43 PM Permalink


Caterina Venier

Posted on 7/23/19 12:55:35 AM Permalink

​A really creative way of bringing the fundamentals together. Thank you.

William Cortez

Posted on 6/21/19 5:56:40 AM Permalink

​This is an interesting resource. This is helpful.

Ma. Mercedes Buendia

Posted on 6/19/19 7:00:14 AM Permalink

​a good resource! thanks.


Posted on 6/5/19 10:53:15 AM Permalink

This activity is a good start to create an advertising project thank you for sharing

Andrew Kutchera

Posted on 6/3/19 2:51:12 AM Permalink

​This seems like a very useful tool to teach visual play in design. Thank you for sharing!

Lori Woodcock

Posted on 5/21/19 5:26:49 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing this lesson.​

Anne C Smith

Posted on 5/21/19 4:34:34 PM Permalink

​Thank you.

Cortez William

Posted on 5/19/19 5:11:41 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing. It is setting the foundation to develop a good design.

Lisa Klifunis

Posted on 5/11/19 6:01:28 AM Permalink

​Awesome! I love seeing new ways to represent the elements and principles :)

Carrie Hendrix

Posted on 5/9/19 6:32:25 PM Permalink

​What a great and creative idea! Thanks for sharing this.

Ray Cooper

Posted on 5/3/19 11:35:22 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing!

Carly Manhart

Posted on 3/30/19 6:19:31 AM Permalink

​Love this! The example provided is excellent!

Stoyanka Veselinova

Posted on 3/29/19 2:17:36 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing !

Nazurah Kamaruddin

Posted on 3/15/19 6:00:44 PM Permalink

​thank you

Geeta Sadashivan

Posted on 3/10/19 12:41:04 AM Permalink

This is a great idea! It's interesting and challenging.​

Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 2/20/19 7:54:54 PM Permalink

​thank you!

Yvette Worboys

Posted on 1/30/19 9:35:09 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing​

Jennifer Curtiss

Posted on 1/10/19 4:18:17 PM Permalink

​Thank you, I will pass this on to my online digital media students.

francis shayo

Posted on 12/28/18 11:54:31 AM Permalink

ooh is good ..thks to adobe i think this will help me to be great ​

Sri Ganesh.M

Posted on 12/10/18 4:21:38 AM Permalink

​Thanks Judy Madam.

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 11/29/18 2:56:26 AM Permalink

​Thanks for Sharing

Anna Cirbo

Posted on 11/2/18 2:34:26 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing

Michael Martin

Posted on 10/12/18 12:47:33 AM Permalink


Edward Bustillos

Posted on 8/19/18 7:01:30 AM Permalink

​thank so much for this great lesson.

Blanca Schnobrich

Posted on 8/7/18 8:39:03 PM Permalink

Had been searching for a good project to teach/reinforce principles of design specifically for second-year graphic design students. This project is exactly what I was looking for. This is a great idea! Thank you.

Eric Chow

Posted on 7/14/18 4:35:21 AM Permalink

Really cool project! Thank you.​

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/21/18 1:35:34 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing

Carol Lorigan

Posted on 5/15/18 3:04:47 PM Permalink

​Very unique idea! Thank you for sharing!

Jessica Campbell

Posted on 4/23/18 3:14:45 PM Permalink

​Thanks for this great project! This is a really awesome idea.

Sharkawi Che Din

Posted on 2/25/18 1:52:54 PM Permalink

​Thank you for the fabulous materials.

Sam Morley

Posted on 1/31/18 12:56:54 PM Permalink

​Awesome thanks, I'm using it in Design and Tech class at the start of the year as a refresher on digital tools and Elements & principles. Great stuff.

Rose Duggan

Posted on 1/25/17 2:29:53 AM Permalink

​Thanks this is fabulous!

Margaret McClellan

Posted on 10/6/16 9:20:32 PM Permalink

​Impressive! Very thorough-

David Badgley

Posted on 9/23/16 12:04:32 PM Permalink

​Judy will use this with my Vis Art II students for a quick digital exercise. Thanks.

Rebecca Rampy

Posted on 9/24/13 5:48:25 PM Permalink

I really like the project and plan to use this with my Digital Media class. We have CS5 not CS6. Are there any forseeable problems using the older version?

Thank you.

Aaron Roberts

Posted on 9/13/13 4:24:56 PM Permalink

Good stuff! I might do a little project based on this idea. Thanks for sharing!

Richard Holden

Posted on 5/9/13 7:32:01 PM Permalink

Thank you for sharing this project concept. Helping students merge software skills with their understanding of the Elements and Principles is a challenge and this approach is a well focused method of accomplishing that objective.

Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 3/2/13 7:59:05 PM Permalink

need more enhancement

Panagiota Kolokotroni

Posted on 2/27/13 9:06:26 AM Permalink

Thank you

Mike Skocko

Posted on 2/7/13 7:58:55 PM Permalink

I agree with Leah. Well done! Nice and focused (and easy to modify).

Thanks, Judy!

Leah Warnick

Posted on 2/7/13 12:24:17 AM Permalink

This is seriously one of the better assignments I have seen for art elements and principles of design. I was having a hard time trying to find a way to have my students practice them together or even practice the principles of design at all.

Thank you!