UNIT IIIA: Points, Lines, Planes, and Volumes

OBJECTIVE: Introduction of three-dimensional space conceived as a vocabulary of points, lines, and planes defining actual and implied elements.

PROJECT: We came in millions, we came in droves – 3D Elements of a broken cube


  1. Make a 6” cube out of chipboard.
  2. Slice a section of it off, and re-attach the section in a new orientation.
  3. Orient your object and create an axonometric drawing of your cut cube from this view.
  4. Using tracing paper, make a template of just the points (corners).
  5. Using your template, make at least ten layouts of just the points on paper.
  6. Connect the points with straight lines in different combinations to create new compositions.
  7. Using your new drawings recreate three of them in 3D using lines, then planes, and finally volumes, changing materials with each iteration.

READING:      Launching the Imagination Chapters 1, 10

VOCABULARY: point, line, plane, volume, dynamic, implied, non-objective, full round, closure, composition, grid, focal point, matrix, proximity, repetition, unity, symmetry, balance, scale

REFERENCES: Tensegrity, The Power of Limits, Richard Serra, Sol Lewitt, James Turrell, Ann Hamilton, Robert Pearless

MATERIALS: Rulers, linear elements (bass wood), planar elements (chipboard), glue, hot glue, paper, tracing paper, right triangles, pencils