Getting Started...on Found/Altered Projects

Before you begin actually creating...

1. On a piece of paper or in your sketchbook make a list of initial observations about the 'stuff' you have collected. Ask people in your table group to contribute to these lists! 

a. what associations do you have with this found material? (i.e. what else does it make you think of, what relates to this stuff, what is the original context?)

b. how would you describe the found image or stuff that you've selected? 

c. what would be something really opposite to this or in contrast to this?

2. Consider how you could transform your found 'non-art' material? Sketch these ideas as individual artists.:

a. into a beautiful balanced design that bring order to chaos (think elements and principles of design)
b. into a piece that makes us laugh due to irony or parody? (Duchamp)
c. into a piece that evokes some sort of narrative? (Hoch, Baldessari, Wegman)
d. have you considered:
--creating multiple pieces that cluster together? (Wegman, Hoch)
--huge pieces? (Baldessari)
--bright colors? (Baldessari)
--muted colors? 
--painting over/blocking out? (Baldessari)
--only using shape? (Baldessari)
--rearranging the pieces to create an abstract design with some use of paint?

Additionally you should consider:

  • the original context of the material/how you are changing or altering this
  • creating a sense of 'finish'
  • leading us into the piece with your design choices
  • different levels of focus (main focal point, secondary focal point, etc)
  • using silhouettes and negative space
  • the space BETWEEN forms
  • SIZE! (tiny? huge? long and skinny? square?)

Even though you are beginning with 'hunches' and potentially 'not-knowing' have design principles and conceptual principles that should guide you decision making as you look to create visual order out of chaos. Be open to new actions of creating...(such as simply adding, subtracting, and recombining) as you look to create new and original images and objects! 

Evaluation of individual pieces based on: 

Degree of Completeness/ Craftsmanship/Attention to Detail (Elements and Principles of design come in handy here)    /10 

Creativity/Conceptual Strength/Originality   /10

Effort/Sense of Investigation, Growth, and Discovery (this will be evident through your process in class...did you try out multiple ideas, sketches, possibilities in order to stretch as an artist?)   /10


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