Horizontal and Vertical Lines

Create a "MONDRIAN" style poster.

The artist Piet Mondrian, lived from 1872 to 1944.   Of all the artists
We've studied, he seemed to cherish horizontal and vertical lines most vividly.

Take a look at this:

Mondrian makes the rectangles come to life and seem to dance on the page.

He used the primary colors, red, blue, and yellow, a lot as well.

MATHEMATICALLY SPEAKING:

Now the EQUATIONS for horizontal and vertical lines are the simplest to write, but   easy to get mixed up.  So today we are going to create a poster made entirely of labeled, horizontal and vertical lines.

The hope is that after you create a large poster using only these types of lines, you will no longer get their equations mixed up.

powerful use of primary colors and mathematical equations

Here we go:

HORIZONTAL LINES always have the same y value associated with  every x along the x axis.  No matter where you move, from left to right, the y coordinate stays LOCKED.  Thus horizontal lines have equations of the form y = some number.

Examples:
y = -3
y = 12
y = 34.5

The "t charts" will look like this:

x | y
-5| -3
-3| -3
0| -3
4| -3
3| -3

Notice the y stays LOCKED at -3 no matter what value is applied to the x.

for every "x", y stays equal to -3

 

VERTICAL LINES always have the same x value associated with  every y coordinate along the y axis.   No matter where you move, up or down, the x coordinate stays LOCKED.   Thus vertical lines have equations of the form x = some number.

Examples:
x = -2
x = 23.4
x = -0.098

The "t charts" for vertical equations look like this:

x | y
4 | -9
4 | -3
4 | 0
4 | 4
4 | 7

Notice the x stays LOCKED at 4 no matter what value is applied to the y.

For every "y",  x stays locked at 4.

This brings us to your turn.

Use graph paper or use the "Paint" program on your computer to create a "Mondrian like" poster.

  • Your poster should have at least 6, labeled, horizontal lines
  • It should also have at least 6, labeled, vertical lines
  • It should be colored in several sections using primary colors and the lines outlined in dark black.
  • Be as creative as possible and you will learn the concept better.

HAVE FUN "PAINTING"

 

Below is an example of this assignment.

You can do something like this. Anyone can.

 

 

   

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