Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
― Edgar Degas
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Instructions: Before the end of the year, you are required to complete parts A and B of the Altered Book Final assignment.
A) Create a series of three art works in your altered book that explore your chosen theme--Due Friday, May 22 (150 points).
B) Complete five of the following challenges. Document the results of each of your challenges in your altered book-- Due Friday, May 22 (150 points):
1. Create a work of art that is including and inspired by piece of found scrap paper. Your scrap must be found outside of the art room.
2. Create a sound map. Spend 20 minutes recording the sounds you hear, the time you hear them, and the location you believe they are coming from on a map you create on a page in your book.
3. Make a collection of miniature items. Document the collection by creating a paper rubbing of the items, drawing a picture of the items, photographing the items, etc.
4. Create a miniature figurative sculpture. Photograph the sculpture in a public place. Leave it. Need inspiration? Check THIS out.
5. Cut a section of another work of art. Glue it to a page in your book. Finish the image in a media of your choice. Check out this EXAMPLE.
6. Take a page from an old book. Artistically cover up the words that are unnecessary to your poem or message. Check IT out.
7. Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Confused? Watch THIS video. Now do it on a page in your book.
8. Paint with a toothbrush. Its that easy. Don't use the tooth brush after you have painted with it.
9. Make a vegetable art print. Here's a cool EXAMPLE. Be careful cutting your vegetables. Only use the supplies you have permission to use.
10. Make a sculpture out of food. Document your work in your book. There are all sorts of things you can do. Like THIS. Or THIS.
11. Make a miniature sculpture of food. Use any supplies you can get your hands on. Be creative! Think out of the box.
12. Make a flip book animation on the pages of your book. Its pretty simple--OK not THAT simple. Check THIS out. Maybe THIS will help.
13. Create an optical illusion. An optical illusion is something that deceives the eye by appearing to be other than it is. There are thousands of optical illusions that have already been discovered. Search "optical illusions" on google and find a handful you'd like to try. Optics are all about high contrast, carefully placed shapes. Be sure to use the necessary tools (a pencil, ruler, and a compass) to make things neat. If it isn't neat, it isn't going to work.
14. Write ten things about where you are sitting right now that you hadn't noticed when you sat down use your senses. Do it quickly. Do not censor. Okay, begin.
15. Collect objects that you do not understand or have meaning for. Invent a purpose for these objects.
16. Write down fifty things about one of the following: A trip to the library, a trip to the grocery store, a walk in your neighborhood.
17. Create a pair of goggles of enhanced perception. Use found materials (cardboard, duct tape, metal wire, found plastic, etc.) The design should be suited for your individual needs/tastes. When you have completed them, wear them. Use them to spot the never before seen details of everyday life. Document your experience.
18. Sit in one location for twenty minutes. Document all the sounds you can hear and the times you heard them. mark the approximate location of the sounds in relation to you on a map.
19. Create a simple survey of at least five questions. Give it to a sampling of people. Document the answers in a way that is interesting and readable (for instance, as a graph, spreadsheet, or pictogram).
20. Document part of a building that most people ignore (examples include the ceilings, corners, closets, and the inside of drawers). Pay attention to the hidden places.
21. Sit in a public location and document people you see for 20 minutes. take detailed notes. make sketches of one item that stands out most about each person. OR Create a color-coded map of the position of the other people in relation to you. Note what the people looked like (what they were wearing).
22. Come up with several ways of documenting the passage of time, based on where you are sitting.
23. Find a way to alter your physical experience of the world (your senses) while on your travels. Examples are squinting your eyes to blur your vision, wearing color-tinted glasses, closing one eye, wearing earplugs, hanging upside down for a time, walking as slowly as possible, and plugging your nose while eating. Document the experience.
24. Document naturally occurring faces you find on your travels. Look for them in plumbing parts, light fixtures, door knobs, in nature, in man-made objects, in the clouds, etc.
25. Document a place by interviewing people about it. You can transcribe by suing some kind of recording equipment or by writing with a pen and paper.
26. Use yourself as a subject for documentation. Document in detail all of your movements, activities, behaviors, and conversations throughout the course of a week. Include date, time, and place. OR choose one aspect of your existence to document (e.g., determine how many steps you take on a daily basis).
27. Collect or document as many patterns as you can find while on your travels. You may decide to use only patterns in nature, or human-made, or both. Pencil rubbings work well for this.
28. Create a view finder by cutting a small rectangle out of paper. Go out into the world and use the finder to create a page of quick sketches documenting different compositions (look through the finder and draw what you see). choose compositions where you cannot tell what the subject matter is.
29. Document an overheard conversation. OR collect words you find interesting.
30. Collect water from three different sites. These can include a lake, pond, stream, puddle, or similar. Combine the samples in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Place the jar in a sunny location and watch to see the ecosystem unfold. Soon this miniature world will start to organize itself and create some interesting results. Make notes about the daily changes.
31. Experiment with as many different kinds of writing utensils as you can. You may use found paint, ink, or regular paint.
32. Create your own pigments (found paint). Crush flowers, draw with berries, paint with dirt and water, etc.
33. Go out and document as many urban fossils as you can find. These will be things that have been embedded somehow in concrete sidewalks--foot prints (animal and human), leaf prints, patterns, coins, names, etc.
34. Collect ten things in ten minutes.
35. Find and document the whole alphabet while on a walk. Use a camera to record your findings.
36. Choose an object to collect or document. (Some ideas: blue things, rubber bands, tickets, stamps, park benches, etc. ) Look for the object every where you go. Collect or document it in some way.
37. Choose a page in your book and complete 3-5 of the following:
38. Design your own challenge.
Check out this A plus work! These students carefully considered light, crop, and focus as they shot their photos. They also thought outside the box when selecting a shooting location. Many of these students used filters to enhance color. However, keep in mind that a bad photo cannot be transformed into a good photo by a filter.