Project #4
. The fourth project allows you to use vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines all on the same board. These are still to be 5" x 7" designs placed on a 6"x 8" piece of illustration board. You will continue to draw a thin blackline to contain the 5" by 7" image area. These compositions can be eitherhorizontal or vertical as you think necessary.

Project #4
. Develop 3 compositions utilizing only black lines, that are either horizontal, vertical or diagonal. The line can be any thickness you want.

. 6" x 8" (vertical or horizontal) illustration board

. 5 x 7 inch centered with 1/2 inch border. Draw a thin black ink line around the format.

. You can use any materials you want as long as they are black. Make sure good craftsmanship is apparent.

Keep in mind that using horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines in the same composition could make your composition busy and confusing if not carefully planned. The same attention to craftsmanship and execution are to be maintained.

The added dimension that you are to put into these pieces in project #4 is Texture. The many kinds of texture as outlined in Chapter six of your text, and there is more than one way to create texture or the illusion of texture on a two-dimensional surface. What you should demonstrate in this assignment is your knowledge of the various kinds of texture and how they could be used to enhance the basic design as well as add significant esthetic appeal or content to a work of art.

1) Create one of your three boards using Actual Texture and/or Artificial Texture.

2) One of your three boards should demonstrate your knowledge of Simulated Texture and/or Pattern.

3) The last of your boards should show the use of Invented and/or Abstract Texture.

Technical Considerations You are able to use lines that are any thickness in this assignment. There will be a thickness however, that is not feasible to use paper or cut out materials on. For very thin lines it might be better to draw them with some sort of pen. Remember that if you are using pen then line quality should be a consideration. If using felt tip or roller ball pens, be careful not to smear the ink by sliding your hand or the ruler or triangle over the ink while it is still wet. Ink can take a considerably longer time to dry on hard illustration board than on absorbent paper.

New Conclusions Remember that each of these assignments should be an opportunity for personal reflection. Ask yourself, "What did I learn while doing this assignment? What are the concepts that were covered? How could I use this in my other work, in other media?" These really are meant to be explorations of design. Explore this stuff; learn something new that you didn’t know about before, just don’t go through the motions. (My guess is that most of you didn’t know what a "Golden Mean" is or where the term "Divine Proportions" came from before reading Chapter 2.) There really are some interesting things in the text. Also there are names of contemporary artists that you should begin to remember if you want to he taken seriously in your field. You aren’t working in a vacuum and other people aren’t standing still.

Write down your observations in your notebook for future reference. Make your notebook worthwhile reading. Keep this thought in your head while working on your notebook, "if someone else were to look at this notebook, would they be at all interested:’" If the answer to that is "No," then you have a problem. The point being that people aren’t going to think, "Boy that must be a dull, uninteresting class, they are really going to think, "Wow, what a dull, uncreative, plodding person-can’t even make their own major look interesting in their personal idea books.

Remember the Readings By now you should have read Chapter 1, the Introduction, Chapter 2 on Form and Chapter 3 on Line, in Art Fundamentals, Theory and Practice. If you haven’t yet, do so soon. Be prepared to take a test of the material on these pages in the very near future.

I suggest you read Chapter 6 on Texture before you begin this assignment. It will be quite helpful in creating this assignment.