When Viewing Examples of Student Work:

Often a single example of work may not demonstrate all the required objectives for a particular assignment. Instead students should collectively consider: the required objectives for each assignment, the multiple examples presented on this blog and during in class presentations. As well ideas discovered through a student's independent research in combination with various examples and ideas presented by instructor will ultimately be the best approach for synthesizing ideas and reaching the requirements (and unique outcome) for any particular course project.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Final Drawing Assignment (Text)

The following assignments are suggestions meant to serve as a guide. This list is not inclusive. You may wish to work on one assignment or combine ideas of various assignments. See assignments1-6 listed below.

Projects may include a choice of: one large work (3 x4 feet) or a series, or an installation, or performance, etc. All work must include studies or small preliminary works. Half a letter grade will be deducted if studies/small preliminary works are not included in working process.

Some of the assignments listed below (1-6) relate to drawing materials that are more traditional. Some assignments will emphasize formal aesthetics more than others. While other assignments below will also encompass a greater emphasis towards concept and or expanding definitions/ideas of what a drawing can be in terms of contemporary art. The most important concern or main objective is that all projects should demonstrate drawing(s) and primarily colour drawing materials in relation to contemporary ideas. 

Exceptions to using primarily drawing materials are negotiable if a proposal is made in advance. 

Generally speaking contemporary ideas should have layers of meaning and the work should have an over all synthesis of formal and conceptual (thematic) ideas.

Students should have an initial consultation with instructor, followed with consultations periodically through out the process of the project to ensure that enough work is done and objectives of final project are addressed. As well there should be an in class dialogue with class peers regarding work. (As usual positive in class participation is expected).

1) Make a drawing on something 3Dimensional. Work may also include the use of non-traditional surface(s)/materials for applying drawing mediums onto. For example: metal, wood, fabric, resin, glass, and collaged newspapers and surfaces that are not oblong in shape. Or mixing paint and material together such as wax, silicon, plaster, or powders (Remember to think of art materials and health hazard issues with some materials)

Work can also include the interaction of the original colour of a selected material with other coloured surface(s)/materials or the occasional coloured object may be placed on a coloured surface. 20% of time should be spent on 3D component and 80% should be spent on the execution of the drawing. It is suggested that this option be chosen only if the person has aptitude and tools for making 3D work.

2) Develop collage in a drawing and/ or use of text or create a new type of bookwork as long as an innovative language of drawing is demonstrated. Consider book to be innovative with visual metaphorical layers of meaning.

3) Drawing in relation to a technology of choice: film, video, digital imaging (computers), cyber space, sound, photography, photocopying, printmaking, and/or a drawing project that addresses issues concerning media and culture.

4) Drawing that is process based, or time based, or performance based.

5) You may have part of your drawing allude to a cultural critique addressing an issue or a combination of issues such as: economic class, power, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity.

6) Open Project (Expand definition of Drawing in relation to Experimental and Innovative Contemporary Art Practices)

Overall this assignment should focus on involving traditional drawing materials  (dry drawing materials such as pastels, conte, vine charcoal, etc) in some way.  However wet mediums such as water colour and other materials (including non traditional drawing materials) may be used in conjunction with traditional drawing materials. As always if clarification is required as to what materials can be used for assignment contact instructor.

*** As in previous course assignments prepare yourself with a large variety of potential images and materials to work from, and mentally prepare yourself for risk taking, reworking, re-editing, researching, applying criticism and generally experimenting with conviction, and also have materials available for any small preliminary works and you will have a very successful work or series. Allow substantial time for "risk taking, reworking, re-editing, researching, applying criticism and generally experimenting with conviction".

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