Friday, 15 February 2013

Architecture Evaluation and Submission Guidance

Lisa Borgiani

It is good to see a wide range of final pieces taking shape in the studio. Over half term you need to make sure all the sketchbook elements of your project are fully completed, do any final touches to your outcome and complete a written evaluation ready for submission on the first day back (Monday 25th Feb.).
After half term we will be starting work on an illustration project based on the stories of Roald Dahl, so start giving some thought to which book you might want to respond to.

Architectural Forms Project.
 Evaluation Guidance.

Your evaluation should be word-processed and be between 500 & 800 words in length. Please discuss anything you feel was significant to your work in this project, but ensure you cover the following points:

·       Describe how you gathered source imagery for the project, how successful were your drawings and photos? What did you see in your images that you thought had potential for development into substantial 2D or 3D work.
·       How did you go about developing your imagery? What techniques and materials did you use? How successful were these experiments? Did your printmaking and collage work help you to reach your final outcomes?
·       Describe your outcome, discuss their formal elements such as composition, technique, use of colour and tone etc. Do you consider your outcome successful? Discuss its strengths and weaknesses.
·       What Architects and Artists work did you research during the project? Were any of these particularly helpful in providing ideas/inspiration for your own work? Identify the aspects of Artists/Architects work that you found helpful or interesting.
·       How well do you think you worked in this project overall? Did you manage your time effectively? Suggest improvements you might have made to your approach. Did you enjoy the project, if not suggest changes that might have made the project more enjoyable.

Including photos of your final piece in your book alongside your evaluation is helpful.

Please submit your word-processed evaluation with your sketchbook and project outcomes.

Submission Requirements
  • At least 4 pages of research into 2 contemporary Architects. Include background information and analysis of some specific buildings/projects. Discuss materials, aesthetics (form) and function. Include good reproductions of the Architect's work and take care over presentation.
  • A selection of photos from the College Architecture, print contact sheets of your shoot and include the best shots printed out at A4 or A5 scale.
  • At least one full page sustained controlled pencil tonal drawing from your College photos (this should represent at least 3 hours work).
  • Minimum of one full page precise linear drawing using fine liner.
  • At least 4 other drawings exploring other techniques (expressive) and media (biro, ink etc.).
  • Photocopier experiments with your drawings (inverts, blueprints).
  • A good selection of your best London photos printed out and included in your sketchbook.
  • At least one really excellent gold card plate cut (A4 or larger) with several prints made from it.
  • One or more sustained monoprints (again A4 or bigger).
  • A minimum of one really good drawing from the London images (spend 3 hours plus on this) this should be full page and in either pencil (using a full tonal range) or fineliner. Additional drawings would be beneficial too.
  • At least 2 inventive pieces of mixed media collage, use photocopies of your London prints, drawings and photos. Experiment with inverts, single colour copies and other papers (brown packing, newsprint), text, paint to create rich images.
  • 2 or more PhotoShop developments incorporating text based on your collage work.
  • Photogram experiments.
  • Research into two Artists whose work is inspired/influenced by Architecture, see the brief for names. This research should be carefully presented over at least 4 sketchbook pages and should include personal opinion and analysis of specific images. Try to choose Artists who work in a way that relates to the intentions you have for your final piece.
  • Some preparatory/developmental studies that relate to your final piece and illustrate how you arrived at this outcome.
  • A fully resolved and ambitious final outcome.
  • Your word processed Evaluation (see above)

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