Elements of Design Part 2!

Lesson 2: Elements of Design Part 2!


Lesson Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of how color communicates in design by doing a color response activity and brainstorming colors for their set project.


Materials Needed:

AV hook ups

COLOR PPT Slides  Lesson 2 Color in Design PDF     Lesson 2 Color in Design

Set Design Color Brainstorm worksheets  2.Set Design Color Brainstorm Sheet



  • At the start of the class have the projector/speakers set up.



Have students pull out a piece of paper & a pen/pencil


Go to COLOR PPT slide 1

  • Have students list their responses to the colors (List what emotions, images, ideas they envision, when they think of this color)
  • This should be fairly detailed, take 5-10 mins on this


Go through COLOR PPT slides 3-11

Have students share their responses for each color

Go over the info for each color on the slides.



Go through COLOR PPT slides 12-15

Have students take notes on the main points of color terminology


Use COLOR PPT slides 17-18 to discuss how designers use color to manipulate audience responses.



Have students analyze the color palettes for each production On COLOR PPT slides 19-22

  • What stands out in each image?
  • How do the designers use color to emphasize portions of the environment? How about the characters?
  • What affect do these choices have?


Script Work

Have students take out their scripts (the ones they’re doing their design project on). Give each student a copy of the set design color brainstorm worksheet.


Give students 10-15 minutes to write down/answer the following questions on the worksheet

  • What is the environment of your play?
    • Is in one location the whole time? Several?
  • Do you want your characters to stand out more or their environment?
  • What color choices could you make with your set to support the things you want to emphasize?
  • What moods do you want to establish? What colors capture that mood? Why?


Have a couple of students share some of their answers/ideas.

  • If any are struggling, walk through the questions with students-giving examples of what answers to these might look like.


At the end of the class period, have students hold on to their worksheets. They’ll need them for upcoming projects and will turn them in at the end of the unit with their final project.