White Space Project

White Space Project

Justification Activity
Essentially, the main goal of the graphic I produced this week for my final unit of instruction was to provide learners with an overview on the concept of unity in art. In short, unity in art is what gives a work cohesiveness. In fact, unity is what ties the elements of the artwork together. In other words, unity means the design elements are used to contribute to the central idea of a piece. Specifically, these elements could be texture, form, space, shape, color, value, and line. Additionally, it could be abstract elements like subject matter, emotion, and tone. Thus, that is why I used color, space, shape, and form to effectively show the concept of unity in this particular graphic.

In this unit of instruction, the intended users of this specific graphic will be beginner art and design students in grades 9-12. Essentially, it is expected that each learner will be able to read at a 9th grade reading level as well as possess intense focus, motivation, and adaptable social skills. Furthermore, each individual learner is assumed to have visual-spatial abilities, understand complimentary colors, and comprehend the use of space in a composition. Lastly, each learner must have the ability to listen to and follow directions on concrete and abstract subjects.

Why I Think My Solution Works

In short, I believe my specific graphic does a great job of explaining the concept of unity through color and space. In other words, I believe my graphic does a great job of using space to clarify text. According to author Lohr (2008), although space is a visual element between and surrounding other elements that is often ignored in compositions, it has an important role in visual instruction (p. 272). Essentially, the space creating and surrounding the text in my composition directs the eye to the circle shape and, thus, effectively translates the concept of unity (p. 272). Additionally, the space within my composition utilizes and translates the concepts of symmetry and balance. In the end, I believe it is a highly effective tool at translating the concept of unity.


As with other graphics in my unit of instruction, I tested my white space visual on one of my co-worker’s high school sons, who happens to be an art student. In short, I asked him to explain to me what he got from my graphic. Very quickly, he told me that he saw the definition of unity being used to show the concept of unity. In other words, he said he understood unity to mean a singularity or oneness amongst the elements of the composition. In short, he thought it was a great and effective way to demonstrate the definition and meaning of unity in art.

Changes I will make

After reflecting on the user test, I do not believe I will be making any changes for my white space graphic. In fact, I believe that my graphic is a very creative way to show the definition and meaning of unity. In fact, unity is another of those hard-to-describe art terms, but, when it's present, your eye and brain are pleased to see it. Thus, I believe my graphic does a great job of showing the concept of unity. Therefore, as I mentioned earlier, I will not make any changes to this graphic in my unit of instruction.


Lohr, L. (2008). Creating graphics for learning and performance: Lessons in visual literacy. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall.