Week 15, Assignment 5: Antipathy or Admiration – Creating A Response, Final Presentation (5/7)


FOR THE CRITIQUE (graded on LP and oral presentations)
Finalize your project.
Please follow the guidelines below to complete the presentation requirements.
linked below under “TO REVIEW” as the format for your LP and oral final presentation.
All process materials will be presented during the crit from the post for the final project on your Learning Portfolio.
The graphic layout, quality of your images, written content, and detailed documentation are required. MAKE THIS POST YOUR BEST!
-Our special guest Linnea Paskow, who teaches the other section of Drawing Through Making, will take part in the critique to give you professional feedback. Professor Paskow will need to see all the steps of your process.


  1. As the last step to the Transparent Illusion project, create a Learning Portfolio post. Find the prompts for the post HERE. Link the post to the Canvas assignment by May 7.
  2. To prepare for the final project critique, please think about a strong concept, visual readability, scale, color, material and methods, vocabulary learned from our class where applicable (go down to the bottom of the page.) Include your proposal, research, and viewpoint.
  3. Consider how you want the project presented. Create a professional visual presentation. For example, take several well-lit photos of your final artwork from different angles with a non-distracting background such as a blank white wall or solid color white surface, which contrasts and compliments your artwork. Zoom in on details. Freestanding 3d work should be staged, just like your clay structure with a blank backgroud.
  4. Create a post for the final project on your Learning Portfolio and upload it to Canvas by WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, at MIDNIGHT, complete with the steps within the project, written reflection, and visual process.

    for details on how to prepare for Part 1-the LP post
    and Part 2-Oral presentation.
    You will share the content within your Learning Portfolio post. Only post jpegs, not pdf links, onto your Learning Portfolio. You can create the LP post for your presentation as a slide show or video if you choose.

1. Your final physical project to show in person by your side. We will look at them before your presentation.
2. Completed Learning Portfolio post uploaded to Canvas ahead of time. I will share your LP posts on my ZOOM screen during the presentations.

  Email me if you need anything.

I look forward to seeing your final projects! I know they will be fabulous!

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For Week 14, Assignment 5 – Transparent Illusion: Inside Out Sticker Presentation and the Final Project (4/23)


1. Finish the Transparent Illusion: Inside Out sticker project. Create two images.
 See the link to the demonstration video under Reference.
2. Finish 30% of your final project and complete your proposal.
Homework Assignment #1-Transparent Illusion: Outside In
Consider transparency, placement, scale, two images, and the surface the sticker is attached.
Ask yourself these questions:
-What would you bring from the outside into your current world?
-Why does it serve as a sticker?
-Where would you place it inside your home?

(due Thursday, 4/30, the start of class)

1. Watch the 1-minute demonstration video for the project all the way through to have a clear understanding of the assignment. (The video has narration/sound)

2. Choose surfaces in your home where you would not mind attaching a sticker (For example – the back of a sketchbook, sketchbook pages, a board in your room, etc.)

3. Choose subject matter (such as people, places, or things), which could serve as a sticker. CREATE AT LEAST TWO IMAGES. Each will be shown at the start of class. (If you created one during class, you only need to create one other.) The images can be in black lines and any color medium you have at home. 

4. Decide if you would like to draw your two concepts directly on the sticker paper OR complete the two drawings using Illustrator and print out the sticker paper.

5. Complete the assignment by cutting out the stickers and placing them on to a surface, so we see what you want to make a part of your life. Upload the two photos and Illustrator documents on Canvas before the start of class.



-Medium weight permanent black sharpie
-Two sheets of sticker paper (included in the package I mailed to you-hopefully)

-Adobe Illustrator
-Adobe Acrobat
-A black and white inkjet printer
(if you have one) If not, you can draw by hand
-scissors or cutting knife
cutting board
-the color medium of your choice



Homework Assignment #2- Antipathy or Admiration: Creating a Response
1. Continue revising your final project proposal. Consider the comments provided by your group during our last class. If any changes are made to your original ideas, the proposal must be adjusted. The revised version is due April 30.
3. Complete at least 30% of your final project for homework. Now that you have decided on your process/medium, Please arrange to work in your chosen medium during the total time of our next class. You only have one more class to work on you final project. The final is due for presentation on May 7.

1. Sketchbook
2. Your proposal for your reference.
3. Your final project in progress 
4. Materials to continue the making process during class

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For Week 13, Assignment 4 – Transparent Illusion: Inside Out (4/23)

1. Finish the Transparent Illusion: Inside Out.
See the link to the demonstration video under Reference.
2. Start your final project by completing a proposal. See the bottom of this post for the proposal template.
Homework Assignment #1-Transparent Illusion: Inside Out
Consider transparency, scale, placement, and perspective.
Ask yourself these questions:
-How would you create the illusion that images placed on a window are part of the scenery behind them?
-What subject matter would you create?
-How would you use your way of drawing lines and mark-making? How heavy and dark do your lines need to be to show up? Can you fill in black areas to create an impact? (see the images in the demo video and student reference examples. Both are linked below.)
-What dictates the subject matter? (You can draw anything you choose as long as there is a relationship to what you see through the window.)
-How would you determine the scale of the transparent drawings?

(due Thursday, 4/23, the start of class)

1. Watch the 5-minute demonstration video for the project all the way through to have a clear understanding of the assignment.

2. Choose two or three windows in your home with appealing views.

3. Choose subject matter such as an object or person, which could appear as if it were part of the scenery behind a window. Come up with 3 images. Each will be used for the final. Complete the preliminary drawings in your sketchbook. The images should be in black and white line (for PRINTING on acetate) or silhouette (for DRAWING on acetate BY HAND.)
Keep in mind your images will be placed on the transparent acetate

4. Decide if you would like to draw your three concepts directly on a part of the acetate with the marker OR complete the three drawings using Illustrator and print them on the acetate.

5. Complete the assignment by taping the acetate pieces on your windows and taking photos, so we have a view into your perception of the world around you. Upload the photos and Illustrator document on Canvas before the start of class.



-Medium weight permanent black sharpie
A sheet of acetate (included in the package I mailed to you) Cut the size to 8 1/2 x 11″ if you are using your printer.
-Clear scotch tape

-Adobe Illustrator
-Adobe Acrobat
-A black and white inkjet printer
(if you have one) If not, you can draw by hand
Straight edge
-Smartphone camera


Homework Assignment #2-Proposal for your final project
1. Write or type a brief proposal using the categories on the
Overview of the open-ended assignment-Based on any concept and way of making, create an interpretation that reflects either a positive (Example: my current situation heightens my creative nature) or an adverse reaction (Example: I can’t wait for quarantine to be over.)
You can choose to use clay (if you have any left), graphic design, printmaking at home (a demo will be provided), or whatever you have access to at home.
We will discuss the proposals for the final project during the second 1/2 of the next class.

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For Week 12, Assignment 3: Built Metropolis Final Presentation 4/16 – LP POST IS DUE 4/15

(I sent a message via email with instructions)
To Embed Images, a second way:
Please avoid using links to videos from external places. Instead, embed it on the surface of your post. If you made a video and placed it on YouTube, you can do the following.


For the 3-5 minute presentations, please know the name, location, and history of your building reference. Remember, take photos so we can review your structure on all sides (360 degrees).
Have the real structure by your side.
Our special guest Aviva Shulem will take part in the critique to give you professional feedback. Miss Shulem will need to see all the steps of your process.

1. Finalize your air dry clay project

2. Study the demonstration videos and clay terms in the links below (under REFERENCE)

3. POST all parts of the project for the FINAL PRESENTATION on your Learning Portfolio You have to provide the link to the post on Canvas
by Wednesday, April 15, at 11:59 pm at the latest.
Please review the prompts/questions at the bottom of the Learning Portfolio page. In your post, include well-lit photos of your work in progress, sketches, architectural reference, the tools you used from home, photos of the finished project from different angles, answers to all of the prompts, and hand-building terms. Be sure to watch the Photographing you structure to take professional, non-distracting photos. Use bright sunlight for all images. There are examples of previous LP posts for the project under the prompts.

-The three demonstration videos I showed in class
1. Air Dry Clay Demo – Part 2 (shown last class)
2. Photographing Your Structure (shown previous class)
3. Air Dry Clay Demo – Part 1 (shown last week)
Clay terms and hand-building techniques

1. Completed Learning Portfolio post uploaded to Canvas ahead of time. I will share your LP posts on my ZOOM screen during the presentations.
2. Your hand-built structure

Email me if you need anything.

I look forward to seeing your final projects!

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For Week 11, Assignment 3: Built Metropolis – continued 4/9 HOMEWORK IS DUE 4/7


We will meet in our Zoom classroom. At the start of class, I will show examples by contemporary professional artists for inspiration and give instructions on how to complete the reductive and additive processes of your project, how to fix cracks and broken pieces, how to re-wet your clay and add wet pieces to dry clay.

1. Upload 1-2 images of your work in progress from our last class. Place them on the Discussion page in Canvas.

2. Comment on the work of three other students on the Discussion page in Canvas. If you see that someone has fewer responses than others, choose the person as one of your three.

The focus of your comments:
1. Tell the clay builder what your first impression is of the structure. Use CLAY TERMS AND HANDBUILDING TECHNIQUES  when you speak about the work.
2. Ask one question of the artist.
3. Make one suggestion.
The discussion assignment is DUE BY 10:00 pm, TUESDAY, April 7. I will make comments the following day.

-The demonstration video I showed in class
Clay terms and hand-building techniques

1. Sketchbook with drawings of your building designs
2. Photos of your chosen structure from different angles to use as references.
3. The start of your project
4. Modeling tools from home
5. Leftover clay
6. Light-weight piece of cardboard

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Here are a couple of “how to’s” which are also at the end of the demonstration video I showed in class.

How to keep your clay wet between working sessions. Keep it in a dark cool location. DON’T place it near heat or in the sun.

How to properly dry clay so it does not break or crack while drying. Keep it in a dark cool location. DON’T place it near heat or in the sun.

Put the finished structure on a drying rack so the air can reach the area underneath. Loosely place a bag on top. leave the bottom of the bag open. It will dry slowly from the bottom up and not too fast or it will crack.

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For Week 10, Assignment 3: Built Metropolis 4/2

Please read this post all the way to the bottom.
We will meet in our online classroom, Zoom. The link will be sent to you on the morning of class.
Have your set-up in place on a table in your home. Please note: Class begins on time, 12:10 EST. During class, we will go over the clay project and how we will proceed with the rest of the semester online. 

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Each person will create 1 or 2 small clay built structures influenced by chosen architecture over two weeks. Your structures need not duplicate their reference. You can base your two choices of architectural styles on wherever you are in the world! The making process will incorporate hand-building techniques.
The final size can be from 4″ –  7″ in height and width.
The project due date is April 16.

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS PROJECTS Here you will find all the steps for the project, including examples of photos, sketches, research, final projects.

HOMEWORK for submission on Canvas, due Wednesday, April 1:
1. Take or research five photographs of each of your two architectural structures. You can use the ones you submitted for our previous class at Parsons, or you can start with new references. Choose from personal photos or ones you have found on the web. Make sure the images show visible sides of each building. You need to have multiple views to create a 3d object. In the end, you will create one or both of the two architecture references. Keep in mind what best suits the project, your interests, and the time constraints.
**Place them in a folder on your desktop labeled “Built Metropolis” or “Clay Project,” so everything is easy to find.

3. Two or more concept sketches in pen or pencil of your building designs based on your two chosen structures. Please draw your designed structure from all sides. Think about the function and the clay material you will use. 

4. Research (brief notes in your sketchbook) on the architectural style and history of your two building choices and their locations. **Take bright photos of the sketchbook pages and have them on your desktop in the same folder as your photos.

(If you have NEW photo references, concept sketches with research notes OR did not submit the homework before, all are due this coming Wednesday, April 1, at 10:00 pm. Upload them all to Canvas the night before class or sooner to give enough time for my review.) 

Have everything ready and laid out on the table in front of you by 12:10 at the latest
1. A protected tabletop large enough for your making process. cover table with items such as wax paper, silicone baking mats, plastic cutting board or vinyl placemats. Something you won’t mess up and can wipe off more easily.
2. Clay you purchased
3. Tools you find at home. Look at the picture of the clay tools above on the left. Select items in your home that replicate their functions and serve as substitutions.
The photo in the middle and on the right shows examples of what you will need and other objects that are suggestions. You will need an x-acto knife, paper clip, sponge, ruler, plastic butter knife, plastic fork, wooden tool, rolling pin or bottle, cardboard tube (to wrap the clay around), a piece of paper, newsprint paper, airtight container, Ziploc plastic bag, cling film, aluminum foil
(to stuff inside the clay), a container of water, paper towels, old cloth towel you can mess up.

You can choose to add other found objects. For example- (a wide-tooth hair comb, something with texture to press into the clay-like a key or button, smooth wooden stick, small rubber kitchen spatula, safety pin), or whatever you come up with. You don’t need to buy any special tools.


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For Thursday, please study the homework post below

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Week 7, Assignment 2: Myths and Legends Final Presentation (3/5)

Please read the post all the way to the bottom

1. Complete your Learning Portfolio post for the Myths and Legends Project before the critique. You have to provide the link to the post on Canvas by the morning of Thursday, March 5th at the latest.
Please review the prompts and examples of a previous post at the bottom of the page here. In your post, include preliminary drawings, photos of your work in progress,  etching plates, the finished project prints, and answers to the prompts. Photograph the prints separately, so they appear in the highest quality on your Learning Portfolio. Be sure the photos of your sketches and etching plates are taken in good lighting such as next to a window during the day.

2. Prepare for a presentation and critique of the printmaking assignment. We will need to see all of the etching prints you created (both good and bad) to review the changes and improvements. Be prepared to discuss your making process and concepts for your myth and legend images. Make sure you are familiar with the titles and stories you chose to interpret.

3. Study the INTAGLIO TERMS, MATERIALS AND PRINTING TECHNIQUES on the Vocabulary page to add to your LP post and prepare for the presentation.

Bring all process drawings, printing plates, and final prints (I will bring in the prints you left drying in the Printmaking Shop)

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For Week 6, Assignment 2: Myths and Legends-Printing the Story (Part 2) Native American Legends (2/27)

We will meet in the classroomAt the start of class, we will review the prints you created last week and make comments and suggestions. No need to collect the prints from the Printmaking Studio yourselves.  I will bring your prints to class with me. Be sure to bring back the plexi plates you etched into and printed from last week to include in the mini-crit. Afterward, you will continue with the second part of your project. YOU HAVE TO BRING BACK THE ETCHING NEEDLES YOU SIGNED OUT.

1. COMPLETE A TWO PAGED SHORT READING on Seven of the Most Popular Legends attached (here.)  Please note this is not the same reading you completed for last week. This is an additional reading to prepare for this coming Thursday.

2. Based on your choice from this week’s reading, create ONE interpretative drawing on 5×7″, 6×8″ or 8×12″ drawing paper. (Those are the sizes of the plates I have leftover.) No need to make two drawings. (Now that you are familiar with the printmaking process, you can better judge the outcome.) The image will serve as a tracing template for your printing process.
Please put time and effort into the drawing to reflect a successful outcome. Once the drawing is complete, put it on tracing paper or scan and print it in reverse.
Upload an image of it onto Canvas.

3. Work on the etching plate you printed from during our last class. If you took the etching needle home, work on the engraving you started in class. If you need to wash it off, use soap and water.
Don’t create a NEW etching plate until you come to class on Thursday.

2. You can purchase one large sheet of BFK Rives printmaking paper and divide it into 4 (buy that specific brand as it works best for the type of ink we use)or continue to use the BFK Rives paper I have leftover from our last class.
I will provide the etching plates again as well. No need to buy your own. (We all need to have the same thickness of the plate to fit through the etching press)

Materials we use in class: Akua printing plate, Akua Intaglio Inks, BFK Rives printmaking paper, diamond point etching needle, twisted etching needle

Class Lectures
Student References

Please email me if you have any questions about preparing for class. I want to be sure everything is clear.

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