Judy Durkin

Elements of Art & Principles of Design Grid Project

Project Published 1/17/13 Last updated on 5/16/18
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
Communication and Collaboration, Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
5 / 5 • 17 Ratings

Resources (2)

or Join for free to access materials
File Size

Comments (20)

Write a reply...
or Join for free to view all comments and participate in the discussion.

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!