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Assignment 2: Grid Painting Assignment


Assignment 2  

Assignment 2  Painting grids with the option of collaging some coloured 2D Found/Recycled Materials. Mixing paint will be emphasized for this assignment.

Assignment Summary:
16 X 20 inch (minimum size) surface that is primed or sealed with 20 squares 

General Instructions to Begin Assignment:
-5 rows with 4 squares in each row or 4 rows with 5 squares.
-In order to fit 20 squares on your surface, having a border around the 20 squares is a completely acceptable option. Do not put a border between squares.
-Each square must be a minimum of 4 inches in size.
-Each square must be the same design but individual squares can be rotated or mirrored.

Designs and Composition of Individual Squares:
-Designs in individual squares should depict a balance between simple and visually complex elements. 
-Overall there needs to be a combination of geometric and organic shapes and lines overlapping in each square. 
-This overlapping of the elements (shapes and lines) will help give a sense of a progression from foreground to middle ground to background (progression of space). 

Important Points for Assignment in Progress:

Strategic Use of High and Low Colour Contrast:
-Use high colour contrast (colour which is different from each other such as complimentary colour and other colour systems) to optically separate edges of forms and/or squares.

Major and Minor Visual Movements Interacting in Overall Composition: -Overall the strategic use of high and low colour contrasts will create major and minor visual movements through out the entire composition of the board. 
-The end goal of the overall composition is to present complexity but unity.

Range of Colour in Strategic use of High and Low Colour Contrast:
-Use as many of the colours as possible from the colour wheel in all 3 rings in order to demonstrate the complexity of colour.
-Be strategic with the variety of colour mixtures; avoid random placement of multiple colours.
-Being strategic with high and low colour contrast will help clarify major and minor movements.  

Tinted Colour in Overall Composition:
-Tinting colour (adding various degrees of white) can aid you in increasing or decreasing colour contrast.

Neutral Colour in Overall Composition:
Consider incorporating some of the neutral colours in the two inner rings of your colour wheel to replace the high contrasting effect of black.  Do not use any pure black as the final layer in the work, but  black may be utilized to alter a colour's intensity or alter other characteristics associated with a hue from  the colour wheel.

See information regarding colour theory and the colour wheel:

See also link to Double Primaries Colour Wheel Assignment (Optional Assignment):
The Double Primaries Colour Wheel Assignment is not required but the colour information regarding this assignment will be very helpful for succeeding with the Grid Paining assignment. 

Evaluation Criteria for Grid Painting Assignment:

Complexity & Criteria in Design of Individual Square  30% 

Sophistication of Colour 70%
Use Colour to Create the following:
-Unified Assymetical Composition 
-Movements and Structures - how does colour create structures and movements that are independent of your original grid design?
-Spaces  - how does colour create spaces independent of your original grid design?
-Strategic use of high and low colour contrast that subverts the original drawn design in a unified but unique way.