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 3: Collapsible Box Assignment

Visual language                                                  Instructor: Derek Brueckner
                                                                              Email: Derek.Brueckner@umanitoba.ca

Collapsible Box Assignment

The Box and the Interior of the Box:
Construct a cube structure with four or five planes that is a minimum of 12 x 12 x 12 inches using any material of your choice.  Select a variety of objects and forms for the box’s interior. Eventual goal is to develop variety and unique characteristics within the project.

Anticipate that some planes will need to be sturdy enough to support the weight of some 3 Dimensional forms which will be attached to one or more wall planes.

Construct the cube with four or five  planes allowing for an interior view of a miniature tableaux (miniature interior or miniature stage) 3-Dimensional materials will be composed within the cube.  The four or five planes do not necessarily have to be uniform in thickness or material but there must be a clear sense of four or five  reasonably flat planes joined together in order to create an interior cube (or cube like) setting for the miniature tableaux. 

Composing Objects Inside Box:
When composing the objects inside the box anticipate the space to eventually give a sense of foreground, middleground and background.  This sense of space will be imperative when people do the painting assignment (Assignment 4to depict the subject matter and space inside the box. 

Required Characteristics of 3-Dimensional Materials and Objects:
- Found Objects (manufactured) and Hand Made Objects
- Soft and Hard Materials (variety of textures and surfaces)
- Geometric and Organic Shapes and Lines
- Consider some of these characteristics on the wall plane surfaces inside box

Options for 3-Dimensional Materials and Objects:
-Representational subject matter
-Abstract subject matter
-Combination of both types of Representational and Abstract subject matter

Requirements of Colour
All must elements in box assignment are required to utilize systems of colour from the colour wheel assignment (Assignment 2 - Part A) 
Tints and shades may also be utilized as well.

Process (and Help to get Started):
Do not wait for brilliant ideas. Instead allow for a trial and error process of combining various coloured 3-Dimensional objects and materials with in the box. If you are stuck and do not know where to start just begin to play and explore with random objects.  Just to get the process started people can even begin with an initial bad idea and anticipate revising and modifying that initial idea.  (Start with basics with intention to expand)

Have faith that something will work out for you as you begin to engage in the process of making. Here again do not wait for the brilliant ideas, instead allow the process of making and editing to guide you to a good idea.  Eventually allow for an exploration that will reveal unanticipated hybrids with shapes, lines and subject matter. Anticipate this project to intersect somewhere between a maquette for a unique art installation and an experimental still life you have never seen before.

Transportation and Storage of the Box and Objects:
For easy transportation and storage allow for the box to be collapsible and or modular.  Allow for a project that will be easily transported on the bus and store in a locker.

Student Work Examples of  Collapsible Box/Cube Assignment:

Student Work Examples of  Collapsible Box Assignment (various materials in progress):