6-word Summary: Constructivism – Yoona Seo


Russian Constructivism

Words: Revolutionary, Abstract, Agitprop, Construction, Industrial, Geometric

This design inspired by Russian Constructivist propaganda posters. It utilizes geometric abstraction of a fist to portray the Russian communist campaign to spread their political ideology, also known as agitprop. Objects in the design do not represent the world but the fundamental materials of the society’s advancement in the technological-industrial revolution.

Bold, contrasting colours represent power and authority, as well as the rebellious character of the Constructivism movement. The text mirrors the illustration of the fist, constructed of geometric shapes.


Works Cited

Eskilson, Stephen. Graphic Design: A New History.  Yale University Press, 2012. pp. 195

The Art Story Modern Art Insight. The Art Story Foundation & The computer Studio, 2019, theartstory.org/movement-constructivism.htm. Accessed 14 Feb. 2019.

Wide Walls. ‘Russian Constructivism – The True Vanguard Movement’, 2018, widewalls.ch/russian-constructivism. Accessed 14 Feb. 2019.

Jeffrey Zheng Six-Word Summary- De Stijl


Words: Abstract, Geometric, Pure, Simplistic, Equilibrium, Harmony

This piece uses primary colours and geometric shapes that work together to form a harmonious work inspired by the Dutch art movement; De Stijl.


Image result for Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red, 1937-42Piet Mondrian, Composition  with Yellow, Blue, and Red, 1937-42

Works Cited

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “De Stijl.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 8 May 2014, www.britannica.com/topic/De-Stijl-art.

“De Stijl Movement Overview.” The Art Story, www.theartstory.org/movement-de-stijl.htm.

Flask, Dominic. “De Stijl.” Joseph Albers : Design Is History, www.designishistory.com/1920/de-stijl/.

Constructivist art:


Constructivist art movement was intertwined with the POLITICAL situations in Russia at that time.

Constructivist art INFLUENCED artists such as, Naum Gabo, Vladimir Tatlin, EL LISSITZKY Alexander Rodchenko, Antoine Pevsner, Alexander Vesnin, Liubov Popova, among others. This movement was carried to latter years and was a vital influence of the Bauhaus Movement.

Believing art to have the power to transform society, Lissitzky said, “Art can no longer be merely a mirror, it must act as the organizer of the people’s consciousness.”


El Lissitzky’s political poster, ‘Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge’ is a great example of Constructivism. Constructivism works are mostly ABSTRACT AND BOLD and use symbolic GEOMETRIC SHAPES and experimental type to capture the Russian communist ideology of progress and to establish an acceptance of modernity.

My Own Design:



“Constructivism.” Learning Theories, 8 Sept. 2016, www.learning-theories.com/constructivism.html.

“Constructivism Movement, Artists and Major Works.” The Art Story, www.theartstory.org/movement-constructivism.htm.

“Constructivism (Philosophy of Education).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Mar. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_(philosophy_of_education).

“El Lissitzky | MoMA.” The Museum of Modern Art, www.moma.org/artists/3569.

Flask, Dominic. El Lissitzky : Design Is History, www.designishistory.com/1920/el-lissitzky/.

Stephen J. Eskilson. Graphic Design: A New History, Second Edition. Yale University Press, 2012.