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Composition & Design Fundamentals with Lisa Semerad

Lisa Semerad magnificently explodes my mind with her art instruction prowess. I love her class.

This week, our assignment was to create a continuous, organic shape in a square, rectangle and circle that:

1. does not touch the edges
2. runs off two different sides once
3. runs off three different sides once
4. runs off one side once and another twice

No holes, no points and no tangents.


Of course, she gives us an incredible amount of instruction and knowledge before she sends us off with india ink and scissors to play…






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  • christine - that was one of my favorites, too; it lost points for being too close to the edges but otherwise it was “legal” (didn’t violate the constraints of the “closed system” which was no points, etc.) what she did with MOST of the work I turned in? plucked it off the wall, turned it UPSIDE DOWN and put it back. and then the class critique agreed it finally worked! I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that, how my straight-up efforts are better when turned upside down. I don’t know how to think backwards and upside down (I think that’s a “spatial” trait of pilots and architects, people who don’t get lost and turned around like I do) but I’m wondering if it can be learned.ReplyCancel

  • kate gardiner photography - the last one is my favorite!ReplyCancel