Project Objectives

Develop visual understanding of the differences between subject matter and form.

Intentionally transform a representational design into an abstract or non-representational design to convey Content.

Develop visual understanding of the Element of Design Texture.


Project Description

In this project you continue to exercise ways to abstract from Subject Matter while focusing on Form by exploring Texture and evoke a sense of Touch creating visual interest in a design. Tactile texture is actual texture that can be felt with your hand; visual texture is the illusion of texture, a flat surface that appears to have a varied surface. Visual texture uses variation of line and repetition. For this project, we will explore how to use texture to create further interest in the designs we make.


Required Materials

Found Objects 9" x 12" Drawing Paper 14” x 17” Bristol Board Sketchbook HB Pencil Eraser Ruler PITT Pen Rubber Cement


Step-by-step Directions

Step 1: Complete Exercise 2 | Texture.

Step 2: In your sketchbook, using ruler and pencil, draw three 4" x 6" thumbnail frames.

Step 3: Create three (3) collage compositions (in the 4" x 6" thumbnails areas you just created in Step 2) using at least three (3) of the original found objects/textures you emulated in Exercise 2 | Texture.

Note the Following:

Each composition should include at least 3 different found textures.

Cut up the objects into interesting shapes; think about figure/ground relationships when creating these compositions.

You can overlap textures.

Fill out the whole field with the textures.

Glue down the textures in your sketchbook.

These compositions are collages made with your actual objects that you collected.

Step 4: Present or Text the three (3) 4" x 6" thumbnail Texture Collage compositions to Prof. Jacques.

Step 5: On 9” x 12” Drawing paper re-create the most successful composition using PITT pens, complete the composition. Use the various pen nib sizes (S, F, M, B) to create variation of line thickness and character.

Your drawing should take up the entire page.

Refer to your Exercise 2 | Texture emulations when re-creating each texture.

Think about how each texture can create a directional dominance.

Step 6: Once your drawing is complete, mount it on the 14”x17” piece of Bristol board using your rubber cement glue. Make sure the drawing is centered; use your ruler to create guidelines with pencil before gluing.


Project Considerations

Is the composition non-representational?

Is the composition dynamic?

Are all areas of the picture plane activated?

Has a strong directional dominance been established?

Have I established a directional conflict?

Are there any implied lines in my composition?

Are there shapes created by the textures promoting interesting figure/ground relationships?

Are there at least 5 different value gradations created by the use of line systems?

Has the final design been executed in a professional manner? Designs should utilize the designated materials with care, effort, and attention to detail. This includes proper mounting to Bristol Board.

CRAFTSMANSHIP is extremely important for each of your designs and is part of the grading criteria. Do not fold, bend, crease, smudge, tear your artworks! Always take great care when creating each design and then put directly into your portfolio case.

What is Craftsmanship? Care in construction and finishing; demonstration of skill and knowledge of processes; attention to detail. The quality of design and work shown in something that is made by hand.


Project Delivery

Created Exercise 2.
Created three texture collages with at least three textures in the sketchbook.
Created final artwork.
Presented final drawing mounted on Bristol board.


Grading Criteria

This project is worth 10 points.
Composition: Utilizes line characteristics to convey shapes that activate the entire picture plane, while establishing visual flow with a primary focal point. (1.5)
Craftsmanship: Artwork mounted on the center of the Bristol board without extra glue. Materials were used with care and intention. Artwork shows no smudges. (1.5)

Exercise 2 | Texture is worth 2 points

Extra-credit Sketchbook is worth 0.5 point:
Presented/Texted thumbnail collages to Prof. Jacques. (0.5 point).


Related Presentations

Project 5 | Resources

Project 5 Printable Hand-out [PDF]

Texture [PDF]

Line Systems & Value Gradation

Project 5 | Texture Assessment Form


Project 5 | Related Reading

Design Basics: Texture