Due Dates

Sketches and Final Direction Contract Wednesday June 13
Work In Progress Monday, June 18
Final Project and Final Critique Wednesday, June 20, 8am
Optional changes to Final project Friday, June 22, 8am


Use Photoshop and/or Painter to create a conceptually cohesive final body of work that fits together as a whole. You will write a final direction contract and create sketches that will detail your intentions. Consider extending ideas, styles and aesthetics from prior assignements.


1.1 - Further understand and use the tools in Photoshop (PS)
1.2 - Further understand and use the tools in Painter
1.3 - Synthesis tools and ideas from the semester to come up with your own idea
1.4 - Propose an extended art project and set small goals to complete
1.5 - Crystalize a beginning knowledge about how to express yourself through imagery
1.6 - Crystalize a beginning knowledge about how to present and talk about art
1.7 - Crystalize a beginning knowledge about critiquing the art of others.


Reflect on some of the artwork and ideas you did this semester (or any semester for that matter) and tease out the things that you feel were a good start and needed further revision. This could be an idea, a style or an aesthetic. Also reflect on readings, contemporary issues, peer artwork, and artwork by artists you respect. From this, consider things that are meaningful to you that will give you a sense of pleasure to visualize, and that seem to you as something you could successfully complete.

Use a sketchbook to draw and/or write about these ideas.

Turn these thoughts into images that hold together as a cohisve body of work.

Great ideas RARELY come out of the blue. Most great ideas come from things we have thought about for a while or in art, projects we have worked on in the past. If you are tuned in, something often happens that sheds new light on old ideas. Many times, that "something" is a collision of two ideas. For example, you might have had an idea about creating a vision of the Earth and what you think it will look like in 200 years if we keep treating it the way we are now. Perhaps you have thought about this for years and maybe even sketched it from time to time. Whlie these thoughs sat in the back of your mind, this semester you were asked to collage objects together into expressive artworks and you stumbled on blending modes that you felt looked like an exploding Earth. Finally, you had a way to visualize an idea that you felt strongly about and your approach was crystalized.

Another way to look at this might be an idea or image that you created for one of the assignments that came out unexpectedly well. You wanted to further push the idea or aesthetics as they lended themselves to many more images, but you ran out of time. This would be great fodder for a final body of work.

A good video for understanding where ideas come from is posted below. Even though this video talks in general terms and in some cases, in group terms, it still applies to understanding how you might come up with ideas for the final.

A good way to brainstorm art ideas is to use a mind map. The specific steps to this method are below. I normally do this exercise in class, but since this is an online course, you can visit the link below and do the exercise yourself.


Create Sketches and write a Final Direction Contract Wednesday June 13

The sketch or sketches (I am not setting an amount) can be as loose or as detailed as you want and can done digitally or on paper and scanned. It is also acceptable to turn in a "mind map" for sketches. Create as many sketches as you need to get your idea across.

Your contract will contain your goals for a final project. It will cover the following four points:

1) The concept or idea behind your work.
2) The technical approach will you take. (collage, digital painting, digital photo, etc).
3) Special formal or aesthetic considerations, if any. For example, you may want to work with texture, color or a specific style you started earlier on in the semester.
4) How many images you plan to make. You must argue to support your numbers. An average number to shoot for is around 8 images. However, if you are creating very detailed paintings this might not be reasonable or if you are telling a story with digital photos, 8 works might be too few.

Create work in progress by Monday June 18
By June 18 you should have most of the work done for your final. Turn in your progress and use this deadline as a goal to be over halfway there.

Create the final images by 8am on June 20
Build on Photoshop and Painter skills for for this project. Use you contract as a guide, but don't be afraid to let your ideas grow as you work. You will have your critique this day.

Sign up for a critque time on June 20
Use the link below to sign up for your final critique.
Final Critique Sign-up

OPTIONAL: Make final revisions by 8am on June 22
Based on feedback during critique, you may optionally make changes to your work and submit them to the artserver in a "revised" folder.

Submission Requirements

Sketches and Contracts
Turn in your sketches and contracts using the course shell submission system. The link is in the modules section and the assignemtns section.

Save the SKETCHES as flattened JPEG files, under 5 MB each and call them:
YourName_sketch1.jpg, YourName_sketch2.jpb, etc.

Save the CONTRACT as .doc, .pdf or .txt and call them:
YourName_Finalcontract.doc (or .pdf or .txt)

Work in Progress
Turn in your work in progress using the course shell submission system. The link is in the modules section and the assignemtns section.

All images must be 5MB or smaller, flattened and saved in the jpeg (.jpg) format

Title them YourName_Progress1.jpg, YourName_Progress2.jpg (etc).

The number depends on your final number. Remember, I am looking for at least half if not more by this date (June 18).

Final Images
Create a folder called "Final" in your individual class folder on the artserver. Put all final images in that folder.

All images must be 5MB or smaller, flattened and saved in the jpeg (.jpg) format

Revisions (Optional)
Create a folder called "Revisions" in your Final folder on the artserver. Put all revisions in that folder.

All images must be 5MB or smaller, flattened and saved in the jpeg (.jpg) format


You will be graded on your ability to complete the assignment.

You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery.

This project (the final images) will be counted separately and have a weight of two in your final average. The sketches and contract together will be one grade and the work in progress will be another. Both will count as an exercise and count in your exercise average.

All separate grades will count towards your final grade in the following way:

Average of exercises (X 1)
Average of discussion questions (X 1)
Average of projects (X 2)
Participation in critiques (X 1)
Final (X 2)

Your attendance at the critique is mandatory. If you do not attend, then your project grade is lowered by one.

Please note

Ask any questions during the project in class or contact me by email or stop by office hours to clarify any questions you have about the project.