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balance art history (kcj)

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2D design -  spring 2012

karl conner johnson

february 20, 2012

 

project vi - “balance, emphasis, and pattern” - due 3/12/12 

 

objective

to understand and apply the principles of pattern, balance, and emphasis and their functions within the two-dimensional picture plane.

 

project overview

your final goal for this project will be to create two related designs (one in black and white, one in color) that exemplify the principles of balance, emphasis, and pattern.  the pieces don’t need to be identical, but they should be obviously related.  this can be accomplished by using the same patterns, composition, ideas, etc.  the theme for this project is “precedents in art history”.

 

design process

  1. the whole of art history is an incredibly rich resource for a contemporary artist to draw inspiration from, and many themes are regularly repeated by various different artists from different times.  your assignment is to find an image or group of images that you think has interesting content, concept, or design (and is relative to the topic of balance and emphasis) and reinterpret that work in your own artistic voice.  this project will require some research, and a good place to start is ARTstor (for directions on how to get to ARTstor, see the bottom of this handout).  as your piece will be based on something that’s already been done, your challenge will be to figure out how to make it worth looking at again.  can you make it better than the piece that inspired you?  can you make it more relevant to the modern world?  can you somehow make it personal to you or to a modern audience? etc.  i want to stress the idea that the assignment is not to simply copy someone else’s work, but to create something new and interesting from an existing idea. 
  2. do a number of quick sketches in your notebook to figure out your composition.  do you want to mimic the composition of your inspiration piece or create something completely new?  how are you going to work in what we’ve learned about balance and emphasis?  as always, remember to address the lessons from the previous units (the frame, marks and lines, unity, figure/ground). 
  3. after drawing a number of small thumbnails to experiment with composition, decide on the size and medium of your pieces.  remember that there are going to be two pieces, and you want them to work together as a cohesive unit (a diptych), so choose black and white and color mediums that go together well.  some suggestions would be acrylic (b&w and color), ink and watercolor, photography (b&w and color), photoshop, or a mixture of these.

 

tentative schedule

 wed, 2/22: “balance, emphasis and pattern” lecture/assignment, acrylic demo

mon, 2/27: group in-progress critique “color” lecture

wed, 2/29: work day

mon, 3/5: work day

wed, 3/7: quiz #3 (ch 3, pg 72-87)

mon, 3/12: “balance, emphasis, and pattern” CRITIQUE!

 

directions to get to ARTstor

  1. log in to your My ASU homepage.
  2. under the “Quick Links” column click “Library”.
  3. in the pop-up box click “All Research Databases”.
  4. from the dropdown menu under “Select by database subject area” click “Art” and hit “Go”.
  5. scroll down and click on “Connect to >> ARTstor Digital Library”.
  6. in the beige box on the top-right side of the ARTstor homepage click “Go”
  7. use the search box to find an artist or topic.
  8. look at all the pretty pictures!

1.     the whole of art history is an incredibly rich resource for a contemporary artist to draw inspiration from, and many themes are regularly repeated by various different artists from different times.  your assignment is to find an image or group of images that you think has interesting content, concept, or design (and is relative to the topic of balance and emphasis) and reinterpret that work in your own artistic voice.  this project will require some research, and a good place to start is ARTstor (for directions on how to get to ARTstor, see the bottom of this handout).  as your piece will be based on something that’s already been done, your challenge will be to figure out how to make it worth looking at again.  can you make it better than the piece that inspired you?  can you make it more relevant to the modern world?  can you somehow make it personal to you or to a modern audience? etc.  i want to stress the idea that the assignment is not to simply copy someone else’s work, but to create something new and interesting from an existing idea.

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