Sunday, April 3, 2011

For Monday, April 4

1. Research/Response: You have been working in your journal for a while. Now, isolate some of the themes and ideas that are rising to the surface. List at least three, but no more than five of these on one page titled “Independent Project: Emerging Themes”. Your ideas/themes might be related to:
-   content (an interest in Baltimore’s decaying  industrial landscape);
-   ways of working (knitting, piling, digging, erasing …performance)
-   materially motivated (a fascination with spray insulation foam or white glue)
-   focused on a particular narrative (personal, fictional, historic)
-   a particular form, color or texture
This list above is not exhaustive, and the topics not mutually exclusive.

Propose three to five projects you could undertake for your final independent project. Describe these on the same page or a subsequent page and include the themes or ideas to which each one connects. Include drawings, sketches, pictures, and anything that is relevant to the project ideas you propose. Include materials, samples you have found or made, mock-ups or small models.  Bring these with you next week.  Dedicate at least three hours to this work.

2. Reflecting on the work of others: Choose the three color projects presented in class that were, in your opinion, the most successful.  After each one that you list, describe the qualities that make it feel resolved or successful.

3. Reflecting on your own work: Artworks are rarely ever finished; we simply find a stopping point. Sharing your work with others is a great way to gather information so that you can revise, revisit or reconfigure your work. Reflect on your own project presented today. Read the responses you received. What are some ways you could resolve your work more? Write about or sketch ways in which you could move your work forward. 

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