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.

Assignment 1: Black and White Abstraction - DIY Booklet Assignment (Text and Images)


Examples  of  Some Individual Pages for DIY Booklet Assignment:
(see assignment text after examples)

The individual assignments examples below demonstrate  a good variety but also offer different levels of strengths and different levels in the execution of ideas. If people have any questions about the text or require clarification about the specific strengths in the following individual examples please consult instructor.





























Summary of Assignment:
The Black and White Abstract DIY Booklet Assignment will require using a variety of 2D art materials and periodically relief (3D art materials)  with individual pages that will be sequenced together to present a booklet. 

Collectively this assignment will emphasize various implications of space (flat space to illusions of deep space), compositional strategies, physicality of materials and overall innovative use of materials. Editing individual pages and overall assignment will be inevitable!

Some Suggested Materials to use for Assignment:
Black and white paper (for collage or surfaces for wet and dry media), black and white paint, black & white markers, black & white string, or any other materials which are black or white.
Many materials could be painted black and white. Many materials not suggested above could be a potential  option, consult with instructor for clarification regarding materials for the DIY Booklet Assignment (Assignment 1)


Requirements for the B & W Booklet:

Research and Present a Variety of the Following 7 Points:
(the following points could be included in the table of contents but there could be other points included in table of contents as well)
1) Lines and Shapes (organic & geometric)

2) Light, shadow and value 

3) Space (Optical and Border Parameters of each page)

4) Investigations of a variety of Textures (illusionistic and tactile surfaces and overall consideration for physicality of materials)

5) Logics of Composition that include analytical and intuitive processes of composing 2D and  3D (relief) elements 
Consider and Demonstrate: awareness of the boarder for each page (how do elements interact with boarder edge of each page?), negative positive space, flow and movement of elements, balanced composition using asymmetrical and symmetrical compositional layouts

6) Scale: consider the scale of various elements in composition and context of materials
2D and relief (3D) art materials 

7) Variety in the use of material and sensibilities- explore a combination of controlled/precise and expressive/experimental use of materials. Collectively and on many individual pages assignment should include a combination of wet and dry art materials.

Many of the ideas presented in the above points can overlap with each other and can simultaneously be presented in a variety of ways with in a single page. Make sure all the above ideas are collectively presented in the booklet's pages  in some way. 


Other Assignment Requirements to Follow:

Size: Minimum size for  booklet is  8.5 x 5.5 inches 

Number of Pages: 10 double sided pages or 20 single sided pages
10 double sided pages together plus a cover (include table of contents as page 1 of the 10 double sided pages) Presenting 20 single sided pages is also an option. Either way there needs to be 19 individual pages of art work. 

Labels for Individual Pages:  Number pages in a way that do not disrupt the design of the individual pagesBriefly Label each page referencing ideas from the points  listed above or list these points in the table of contents. Consider what each page emphasizes in terms of the above points.  



Table of Contents and Pages Numbers: Number pages 2 to 20 with pages numbers corresponding to the table of contents

Cover and Binding: Consider the overall visual language of the binding and cover in a DIY (do it yourself) kind of way. Allow the binding and cover to be simple but functional. Functional choices can often direct aesthetics (Function = Form) 

Make sure the booklet can be easily flipped through.

Binding techniques may include: thread, glue, staples, tape,  rope, ribbons, rings, bolts, or grommets.  Many people use twine, ribbon or metal rings. Please make sure they have been covered with black and white materials (integrate the design of the binding into work)

Cover materials may include: fabric, tape, cardboard, illustration board, foam core, thick paper, and acetate.

Research potential homemade binding methods on line or in books at the Architecture/Fine Arts Library. Use a method of binding that allows for some technical growth but does not become overwhelming. 

Here again which ever combination of options and materials used for the binding and cover consider the over all visual language of those material choices and techniques in the overall design. 


Name on Booklet: present (printed neatly) your first and last name either on the front cover or in the table of contents Consider your name as part of the design- think about options regarding: text font, scale and location of name (Please do NOT indicate your student number on this or any other assignment)


Before the Booklet is Bound Together Consider the Following Ideas:

Consider how the sequence/order of the pages is viewed as a person flips through the book. What are the visual rhythms or relationships from page to page as a person looks through the book?

How and where is the best context for the pages with the complex compositions and where are the best places for the more minimalist compositions? 

Are there too many minimalist compositions and or do many of the compositions require more overlapping or interaction of shapes and materials? What pages require editing?


Remember as previously discussed:
collectively and at times on individual pages the booklet should include a combination of wet and dry materials with various black and white mediums and materials. Overall this assignment will emphasize various use of space, compositional strategies, physicality of materials and innovate use of materials.




Some Examples for Table of Contents:

( The examples  of pages presented below function as a general guide or starting point but do not cover all the assignment requirements)








Assignment 2– Part A) Double Primary Color Wheel Assignment

Assignment 2A (Part A of Assignment 2)

Assignment 2 – Part A) Double Primary Color Wheel Assignment 
15 x 20 inch (minimum size) surface that is primed or sealed.
Use your paint kit plus additional colors - additional colors beyond your paint kit. 

Process for Assignment:

-Start with outer ring of shapes (very useful for understanding warm and cool primary colors - view diagram in 3rd image posted)
-Paint must present a surface/shape which appears opaque 
-To mix inner rings mix colors directly across from each other from the outer ring shapes
-Inner rings will allow new ways to mix neutrals and browns (very useful for shadows in other types of subject matter)
-Overall shapes can be painted free hand or can be cut outs from painted paper
-Application of paint should be opaque - should not be able to see surface through paint. 
If paint application is not opaque it means too much water has been used - use less water in the mixture of the paint.

*Ideally it would be best to have warm and cool primary colours. 

*Fully realizing that people will not have both versions of warm and cool primary colours, do consider the diagrams below and try to asses  which of the colours available to you fit within the warm and cool primary colour scheme and what the implications are for mixing the colours available to you. 

If you need further clarification about warm and cool primary colours the instructor would be happy to discuss this with individual students and with the colours that they have available to them.

Warm and cool colours will be discussed in class during the class day when people will be working on colour wheel assignment and will also be discussed during the group discussion and group critique for the colour wheel assignment.











Other examples and potential shapes to use for assignment












Additional Information about colour theory can also be viewed here: