Category Archives: Week 9

Week 9/10 Individual Meetings

I would like to meet with you all individually to check in on your progress and answer any questions you might have about the content covered this far in the course.

I will also be giving you information on your artist presentations that will be due week 14 (the class before our final exam).

I am available to meet before or after class, or on Friday before noon.  If these times do not work for you, please let me know what will and we can schedule another time.  In the meantime you can read the presentation guidelines and start to think of what artist you might want to share with the class.

Design Fundamentals Oral Presentation on an Artist of Your Choice

These presentations are meant to be of benefit to the entire class by giving them the opportunity to learn a little bit about the life and work of a specific artist who you find makes good work utilizing the principles of art and design that we have covered in this class.  The presentation should be no more than 10 minutes long.  It should be accompanied by no more than four ppt slides or images.  The images should be carefully chosen, because you should spend time talking about each one and should discuss how the works exemplify one or another of the design fundamentals.

You should include some basic information in your first 2 minutes–information on where and when the artist was born, how he or she began making art and the interest or message they send through their work.

The rest of your presentation (8 minutes) can concentrate on:

  • the artist’s individual ideas and/or inventions
    • different stages in the artist’s production (if they exist)
    • why you consider the artist to be important (or why he or she is overrated or underrated)

Be prepared to answer questions from the class on your artist.


Please email me your presentation before class so I can load them onto the computer.  You should also bring your presentation on a thumb drive in the event a file cannot open.



“Day and night, light and darkness — this polarity is of fundamental significance in human life and nature generally. The painter’s strongest expression of light and dark are the colors white and black. The effects of black and white are in all respects opposite, with the realm of grays and chromatic colors between them. The phenomena of light and dark, both among white, black, gray, and among pure colors, should be thoroughly studied, for they yield valuable guides to our work.”

– Johannes Itten, The Art of Color

value (power point presentation) or value (pdf document)

value scales: various shades from light to dark

Examples of 10 step value scales using lines or dots with a pencil or pen:

Homework: 100 pennies value composition.  You are creating a composition or narrative via stop-motion that uses value as a compositional strategy.  If it is going to be a physical object or arrangement that you bring into class next, week you need to think about presentation.  Are they glued down or do you need to come to class a bit early to set them up?  If it is a stop motion, you need to make sure you have enough frames for a cohesive narrative and the animation needs to be emailed to me prior to the start of class.  In the above value scales, they are linear going from dark to light. value scales can be depicted in other ways, imagine cutting up these scales and rearranging.  Using your pennies, you will create a value scale composition.  Keep in mind it does not need to be a line like those above but will need to strategically transition from one step to another. A new role of pennies will not work for this assignment so you will need to collect a variety of pennies in different conditions. 

You can see an example of someone using pennies in a 5 step value scale here. Other ideas for construction and design can be seen here.

While you will not be able to do designs exactly like the artists above (due to material cost and equipment)… NOT do this.