Project Description

Your final project will utilize all of the techniques you learned in class. We will explore how to use these techniques and apply them to an initial concept. How can a two-dimensional image be utilized for self-expression? How can it convey an emotion or idea to its viewer? You will create a non-objective abstract composition that conveys an aspect of your personality to the viewer. We will continue to explore how form and content can be utilized together to communicate an idea or emotion to your viewer.

Required Materials

9”x12” Drawing Paper Sketchbook Gouache Paint Set Paint Brushes Mixing Palette Container for Water Cloth Rag PITT Pens (Black) HB Mechanical Pencil Eraser Artist Tape Scissors Xacto Ruler Rubber Cement

Step-by-step Directions

Part I:

Step 1 : Choose one (1) adjective from the list below that you feel best describes an aspect of your personality.


Step 2 : Choose at least one formal element from each of the following categories to use in your composition. Remember, that the concept of the drawing is the adjective that you chose. Every decision should be based off of this.

1- Circles
2- Triangles
3- Squares/Rectangles
4- Biomorphic Shapes
5- Geometric Shapes
Design Tool
1- Repetition
2- Implied Line
3- Directional Conflict
4- Visual Texture
5- Perspective

Step 3 : In your sketchbook using your PITT pens, create at least six (6) 3”x4” thumbnail sketches that incorporate each of the elements that you chose.
The design may include other elements as well.
Remember that your goal is create a visually interesting design that represents the adjective describing your personality.
Your drawing must fulfill the following criteria:

a unified and dynamic composition
a focal point on a power point in the Rule of Thirds
figure/ground relationships
sense of space/depth
the entire picture plane should be activated

Part II:

Step 4 : Still working in your sketchbook choose the strongest composition and duplicate it four (4) times 3”x4” thumbnail size. You may redraw it; photocopy; or scan and print it. On each thumbnail using your gouache paints, create four (4) different color studies. Experiment with how different color schemes, values, color temperature can help support the concept of your painting, as well as your composition. These are only sketches. Each color study must adhere to the following criteria:

You may use any of your colors. Choose colors that best suit your adjective and personality. For example, use primarily warm colors (red, yellow, orange) for happiness or anger. Use cool colors for a calm or sad image. Refer back to the color presentation and to Design Basics on tips to create emphasis, emotions, spatial depth, vibrant color, etc.
Limit your use of black by mixing complementary colors. Adding black and white will cause your colors to become dull and less saturated.
Avoid using colors straight out of the tube, mix as much as possible.
At least one area must incorporate Simultaneous Contrast.
Mix complementary colors to create a range of neutral tones.
Incorporate a full value range.
All areas of the composition must be painted, even areas that you would like to be white must be painted white.

Step 5 : Review your color studies with the classmates in your group answering the Review of Color Studies form.

Helpful Tips:

    Simultaneous contrast – when 2 complements are next to each other they increase the visual brilliance of each other
    Colors change with their context, if you want a color to appear lighter, place a dark color around it. If you want a color to appear darker in value, place a light value next to it.
    Cool & Warm Colors – The temperature of a color can represent different ideas or emotions. You can also use it to create visual depth (warm colors move to the foreground, cool colors recede to the background).
    Color Dominance – Areas of emphasis in a work of art create interest and have been carefully planned by the artist, color can dominate and provide a focal point.
    Creative Brainstorming – Specific techniques for generating many ideas and possibilities either individually or collectively. Creative brainstorming encourages a non-judgmental attitude, rapid generation of ideas, record-keeping, and a willingness to push to the edges for strange and unexpected possibilities within a limited time-frame.
    Form and Content – Physical forms and compositional principles can and should reinforce the content (or subject matter) of any work. Your Subject Matter will be your Content which may include your emotional, intellectual, symbolic spiritual and/or narrative intentions. Unity of form and content is important to communicating an idea or message feature in any work of art or design.

Part III:

Step 6 : Choose your strongest composition to reproduce on an 9" x 12" drawing or watercolor paper – .
Using your gouache paint, complete your design.
Use your color studies as a guide.
Make sure all the suggestions and revisions were incorporated.
The design must adhere to the criteria in steps 3, 4 and 5.

Does the color study successfully depict the intended concept?

Are all of the criteria in steps 3, 4 and 5 adhered to?

Ask for suggestions on how you may strengthen the design to support your intended concept.

Step 7 : Once your design is complete and dry, carefully paste on a Bristol Board and write your name, as well as the adjective, shape and design tool you chose on the back

Bring the Final Project to Final Assessment Class.

Delivery E-Portfolio & Written Statement

Once you complete the project:

  • PHOTOGRAPH the final image at 300ppi and upload it to your online e-portfolio. Zoom in so that the background is not showing. Make sure that you have enough lighting on the painting.

  • Writing Assignment: Refer to the link to the left for instructions on your final written statement. This will be graded and is 5 points of your final grade. This must be printed and brought to the last class during final assessment week, as well as uploaded to your e-portfolio.

  • Label both the image and writing with the project title: Final Project

Both the image & the writing assignment should be uploaded to your Wordpress E-portfolio BEFORE class!

Project Grading Criteria

Final Project is Worth 15 points
Printable Grading Criteria

Craftsmanship (up to 2 pts)
Composition (up to 2 pts)
Principles of Organization (up to 2 pts)
Color Theory (up to 2 pts)
Form & Content (up to 2 pts)

Uploaded Final Project during Final Assessment class (up to 1 pt)

Written Statement to E-portfolio (up to 1 pt)
Vocabulary (up to 1 pt)
Analysis (up to 1 pt )
Presented Original Project during Final Assessment class (up to 1 pt)