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Yes you can use materials found in the trash to recycle into artwork. Here is an assignment that was shared with my art class.

Objective: Use found materials to create a 3D form

Look for interesting materials that can be combined into a dynamic sculptural forms. Artists have been recycling before it became popular.

Use everyday objects that have been used for another function. Now alter the use of the objects into a new visual context. The intent is to cause the viewer to see what you have made in a fresh new way.
Look at what Pablo Picasso did with sheet metal and wire in the work called the “Guitar” Below.

Guitar by Pablo Picasso

Check the following links of found object artists Kris Borchardt, Bruce Gray , folk artist Jim Shores and New Jersey artist Willie Cole.

Materials: Use only materials that you find  and not purchased. This project should take less than 10 hours.

Artist Ray Horner

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3D Color Assignment

Objective: Create a color 3D design.

The previous project you created a 3D asymmetrical design. Instead now develop your own design format. Again take advantage of the sculptural forms your paper will make with the additional element of color. Think about how your work will be viewed from different angles of light and the new forms the shadows create plus the impact of color.

Materials: Foam core, paint, and bristol board. This project should take no longer than 10 hours.

Some samples of students work at Kean University, Union New Jersey:

3D Color Assignment

1. Amanda Stein 2. Charoline Browne 3. Peter Halski 4. Erica Burell

Objective: Create a 3D asymmetrical design.

The previous project you completed needed a grid. This 3D asymmetrical design assignment should be done without the use of a grid. Instead use an asymmetrical design layout. Take advantage of the sculptural forms your paper can make. Think about how your work will be viewed from different angles of light and the new forms the shadows create.

Materials: Paper mounted on 11″ x 14″ mat board or foam core. This project should take no longer than 5 hours.

Dictionary definition of asymmetrical:
Having parts that fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry.

Go to this link for additional information Design Balance.

Below are a few samples of 3D asymmetrical projects.

Kean University asymmetrical project

In case you are wondering the next assignment will add color.

Two different examples from student’s artwork. The approaches are different, but they meet the objective.  The assignment was posted on 10/09/2007

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Go to the LINK SECTION ON THE LEFT AND CLICK ON: Articulation learning to look at art

Once you get to the site then do the following:

  1. Click on Principles of Design
  2. Click on Balance

Read section on Balance it can be read also in your manual.

Choose one a form of Balance and make a small free study of it. Right next to your study, write what form of balance you were working on and your thought process in creating it.

  • Formal or Informal Balance 

Assignment format:

Make a small free study 3.5” x 5” using your glue stick to make your collage or make a painting or other media in your sketch pad.

Bring it in on Tuesday 10/30/2007

Professor Horner

Go to the LINK SECTION ON THE LEFT AND CLICK ON: Articulation learning to look at art

Once you get to the site then do the following:

  • Click on Principles of Design
  • Click on Rhythm and Movement

Read section on Rhythm and Movement it can be read in your manual.

In addition:

Make a small collage study 3.5” x 5” using your glue stick to make your collage in your sketch pad.

Bring it in on Tuesday 10/16/2007

Professor Horner

What did these artist do to make their drawings even more convincing as perspective drawings? Make a note of it, so you can use some of these things in your drawings.

examples of perspective drawings

one point perspective

Notice all of the lines are receding into one point. Make a drawing using a 3 inch box.

two point perspective drawing

Notice in this drawing that that all the lines are receding into 2 points make a drawing using a 3 inch square for this drawing also.

Tools: T-square, triangle, ruler and pencil.

After this exercise make a free hand drawing from a setup of two boxes in the same drawing.

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