Final Painting Assignment

Projects may include: one large painting (3 x 4 feet) with numerous small studies, or a series, and or an installation of paintings, etc. Please note working outside parameters of assignment is negotiable but will require a proposal in advance.

This assignment will place emphasis on emerging artists to personally develop painting (as noun and verb) and to thoroughly investigate painting materials in relation to contemporary ideas. Generally speaking contemporary ideas should have layers of meaning and the work should have an over all synthesis of formal and conceptual (thematic) ideas.

This final assignment should represent a culmination of formal and conceptual ideas based from this Painting course and should be developed in relation to your own innovative and personal expression.

Expand innovative and personal concept building through various preliminary painting processes, and consider formal elements of line, shape, proportion, plane, light and shadow, edges, space, colour, and composition as part of the layers of meaning in the work.

Having materials available for small preliminary works will be required and aid in the success of your final painting assignment. Prepare yourself with a large variety of potential images/icons and materials to work with, and mentally prepare for reworking, re-editing, taking risks, researching, applying criticism and generally experimenting with conviction.

Periodically students should have consultations with instructor through out the process of the project to ensure that enough work is done and the objective of the final assignment is met. As well there should be an in class dialogue with class peers regarding work.
(As usual positive in class participation is expected).

Options to Consider for Final Assignment:
Some of the assignments listed below (assignments 1-7) relate to painting materials that are more traditional. Some assignments will emphasize formal aesthetics more than others. While other assignments may appear to encompass a greater emphasis towards concept and or expanding definitions/ideas of what a painting can be in terms of contemporary art. Any choice is acceptable as long as you consider the objective (as listed above) in relation to what you choose.

The following assignments are suggestions meant to serve as a guide. This list is not inclusive. For your final project you may wish to work on one assignment or combination of various assignments as listed on other side (assignments 1-7).

Assignments 1-7 (7 Options for Final Assignment):

1) Make a painting or a series of paintings on something 3D.
Work may also include the use of non-traditional surface(s)/materials for applications of painting materials. For example: metal, wood, fabric, resin, glass, and collaged newspapers and stretcher frames that are constructed in an unusual shape. Combining some other materials such as acrylic paint, watercolour, wax, silicon, plaster, or powders may be explored. (Remember to think of art materials and health hazard issues with some materials). Work can also periodically 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 application of painting.

2) Develop a painting using collage, or text, or a new type of bookwork format as long as an innovative language of drawing and conceptual layers of meaning are demonstrated. Work can also include the interaction of the original (or natural) colour of a selected material with other coloured surface(s)/materials or the occasional coloured object may be placed on a coloured surface.

3) Emphasizing painting, develop a work in relation to one or more technologies: film, video, digital imaging (computers), cyber space, sound, photography, slides, photocopying, and printmaking.

4) painting that is process based, time based, kinetic, or performance based.

5) Expand definition of painting in relation to experimental and innovative contemporary art practices.

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

7) Through a painting process with the model develop innovative and personal concepts in relation to pictorial space, and consider formal decisions in relation to the layers of meaning in work

Painting 1  course       Final Painting Project      2010
Mixed media painting on stretched canvas with guitar pickups, effects switch and amplifier
(painting approximately 3 x4 feet)

Painting 1  course      Detail of Final Painting Project      2010

Painting 1  course      Final Painting Project      2010
3 x 4 feet

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