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The #1 Best Review: Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book

My Favorite Elements and Principles Review: The Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book

I posted a couple weeks ago about my Elements & Principles of Art review that I like to do at the beginning of Art 2.  We start with the review and complete the Design Matrix worksheet.  Next, we view examples of the Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book.

High School Student example of Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book
High School Student example of Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book

For the accordion books, students first select a simple letter, number, shape, symbol or object.  The object must appear on each page of their accordion book (but it can change and morph).  One side of the book is for the Elements, so each Element of Art gets it’s own page.  I use Line, Shape, Form, Value, Space, Texture and Color.

The back is for the Principles of Art and each one gets a page, too…except for Unity. I use Balance, Rhythm, Pattern, Emphasis, Proportion, Variety, Movement and Unity/Harmony.   Since there are 7 Elements of art but 8 Principles, we make the books with seven pages.  I have them skip Unity/Harmony and instead they must show their understanding of Unity/Harmony throughout the entire book.  This plan seems to work really well because they are already repeating the same symbol over and over.  To really create Unity/Harmony they just need to use the repetition and keep a similar color scheme or style overall to achieve a unified look on the whole book. 

HERE’S a FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEET we use for the sketches.  They need to have at least 1 sketch for each of the Elements & Principles (except Unity).  You can download your free pdf copy by clicking the image below or here.

Printable worksheet for Thumbnail Sketches for the Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book

After the sketches, we cut a sheet of 80lb white drawing paper (or other colors. This year we used white, gray or brown) in half lengthwise.  Then, we folded each half strip into 4 even rectangles (see image below).  Students overlap one page and glue down to make a long accordion book.

Diagram for how to fold the elements and principles of art accordion book

Then they can begin to implement their sketches onto the accordion book. I always require that they use some collaged papers.  This makes the books look more complete but also helps them keep their markers (especially the Sharpies), etc. from bleeding through to the back.  I let them use colored pencils, Sharpies and paper scraps.  I also set out some maps, book pages, magazines and newspaper.

I really like the results of these and students really gain a better understanding of the Elements and Principles and especially Unity. 

Here are some more student examples of the Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book:

High School Student example of Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book
High School Student example of Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book
High School Student example of Elements and Principles of Art Accordion Book

This lesson was adapted from art-actually.blogspot.com

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I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
 
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