Course: Graphic Design
Grade Level: 10th Grade
Duration: Year-Long Course

Unit: Illustrator Exploration
Project: Pen Tool Exploration

Challenge: Make an abstract composition in which all of your shapes belong together for some reason (you choose the reason).


  • This piece should be ABSTRACT--not representing anything (on purpose)
  • All shapes must be closed
  • All lines must be straight
  • All shapes must be made with the pen tool

Objectives: Students will be able to...

  • use Illustrator’s Pen Tool to draw shapes with straight edges.
  • make closed shapes with the Pen Tool.
  • make a drawing in which the various elements make sense together on the page.
  • articulate why the different elements of their drawing go together.
  • make an abstract composition.

Student Work: