Assignment #1: Triptych

Assignment I

  1. Project Description:

Create a triptych with these requirements:

  • one part will be a found object
  • one part will be made entirely of wood
  • one part will be made of metal.

A triptych is a work of art that has three separate pieces that are visually and/or thematically related, but which do not physically touch. 

Below is a list of possible project themes that you can use in developing your ideas.

  • Metaphors and symbols
  • Memory and/or dream
  • Systems and rules
  • Science and technology
  • Multiplicity
  • Mapping
  • Language
  • Environment
  • Narrative and sequence
  • Change and motion
  • Time (linear and non-linear)
  • Identity

Learning Objectives:

  • To explore special issues of working in large scale (time, cost, connotation, etc).
  • To develop an understanding of how meaning in art is generated through the relationships among the artist, the art, and the viewer;
  • To learn to link varied materials together through the connotation of the objects;
  • To cultivate the ability to explore, research, and develop personal ideas and themes;
  • To develop a system of sketching and drawing methods that will allow you to investigate, conceptualize and bring ideas through to a finished project;
  • To use drawings and maquettes to develop ideas and forms;
  • To learn to choose appropriate fabrication techniques to realize ideas;
  • To develop an understanding of the principles and elements of design and begin to apply them effectively in your own work;
  • To develop a vocabulary of the principles and elements of design and the ability to use it in discussing and writing about art.
  • Project Terminology: Triptych, Found objects, Made objects
  • Required Materials & Supplies:  Steel is available for Sculpture; everything else must be supplied by you.
  • List of Artists: Bring in examples of diptychs or triptychs on to share with class.
  • Sketchbook/ideation process requirements: Sketchbook ideation will be posted on your ePorts and should reflect significant time spent on the ideation process. Remember you can draw faster than you can make! Burn through your bad ideas on paper and refine them in maquettes before spending time on the “real” work.

  • Grading Rubric (all work should be posted on ePorts, see ePorts suggestions):
    • Description
    • 10%  Lateral Thinking
    • 20% Sketchbook/Drawings
    • 20% Maquettes
    • 10% Material Studies
    • 40%  Full Size Piece
      • 10%     Triptych pieces are visually linked
      • 10 %    Triptych pieces are thematically linked
      • 10 %    Dynamic composition
      • 10 %    Contrast (form, texture, size, color, etc.)