Project #1
. Develop 3 compositions utilizing only black, vertical 1/2 inch wide lines.

. 6" x 8" (vertical only) illustration board.

. 5" x 7" centered with 1/2" border. Draw a thin black ink line around the format. Be careful if you use a felt tip pen as it will bleed if you drag your hands across it. Corners should be nice and square (not plus signs).

. Black paper cut into strips 1/2" wide (Canson Mi-Tients which is available in the Bookstore works well). Do not use construction paper and do not use a computer for the output of this assignment. For gluing use only rubber cement. Be sure to remove any excess cement from around the edges of every glued piece.

Conceptual Issues:You should work to develop a visual structure or composition to each piece. Compose the visual contents of a two-dimensional space to produce a composition that is visually provocative, arresting and engaging for the viewer. You should be excited to engage that viewer’s interest and attention. It is important to develop a depth of information about various visual tools that are available to the artist. The restrictions of only vertical 1/2" lines out of black cut paper may seem like an extreme limitation. The task is to not allow the final pieces to look restricted. Consider the tension you can create by gluing two lines very close together to create a white line (negative space) or making two corners just touch to create a visual tension or setting up a rhythm of a series of lines that are the same size or progressively elongated. Continuing that pattern accomplishes one thing. Breaking the pattern accomplishes another. You should experiment. Try to zig where you think other students are going to zag. Someone can probably make a solution to any problem exciting. Your job is to do the exciting one.

Aesthetic Issues: Try this project after reading Chapter One in the text. Think about the difference between representational images and nonrepresentational images. Is there a way to imply emotional content to these pieces, or are we talking only optical perception? Which do you think works best at showing content, objective or nonobjective art?

Technical Issues: It is best to pre-cut a number of 1/2" wide strips. Measure them carefully and cut all ends square. Once you’ve found a design you want to complete you can mark the surface of the illustration board lightly with a very sharp pencil. Be sure not to mark hard enough to indent the board. You are only to use rubber cement as the adhesive. No glue sticks, spray glue, was, etc. Rubber cement comes in two varieties- "One Coat" and "Two Coat." The Bookstore sells two-coat. Apply the rubber cement to one side of both surfaces (illustration board and black strips) which is where the two coats comes from. Let them both dry for a short time until the glue turns dull. You must place the black strips down very carefully. Once the two layers of rubber cement touch, you probably will not be able to to move the strips around. Use your robber cement pick-up to remove all excess rubber cement from the surface of the piece. Make sure you cut all edges of your illustration board clean, square and accurate. Learn to use the triangles in combination with the t-square which will make this kind of work much easier. On the top right corner of the back of the piece, label your work as follows:

Your Full Name (First name, last name)
Project Number & Title
("Project 1. Vertical Lines)
The Due Date
Name of your Instructor
(First name, last name)
Read Chapter 1, Introduction in Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice.