Studio Calendar

Friday, Feb. 3: Studio Day + Introduce Project 2

Friday, Feb. 10: Critique on Artist Book

Friday, Feb. 17: Work on Project 2 at home

Friday, Feb. 24: Project 2 Critique

Friday, March 3: Project 3: Color Theory Presentation + Project 4 Photoshop Collage


Friday, Feb 3: How to Document your Artist Book

Hello students!

Hope your artist book is coming along nicely!

Today we will have some binding demos as well as speak about how to document work and just a general last studio class before your project is due next week!

Documenting your book. Turn in all photos and short video in Canvas Class Assignment.

Images: Total: 3-5 photos + one short video (under 1 min)

  1. One overall of the book – if you made an accordion book, you can photograph it in such a way that we can see the entire book. If you did more of a pamphlet or stab stitch, or anything else, one image of the front/spine of the book is just fine.
  2. (3-5) close-up images of your favorite pages
  3. 1 short (under 1 min) video of your book showcasing how it looks as you turn the pages.
  4. Click on these examples of a short video showcasing an artist book – a video gives us extra information and really highlights the physicality of the book, the object. This can be done simply on your phone- no need for editing, sound, etc – unless you feel into that!

Can’t wait to see what you produced for this first project!

Friday, Jan 27 – Work on your Artist Book

Hello wonderful artists!

Studio day to work on your artist book that showcases the Principles of Design. I hope you are off to a good start, have spent the week gathering your design concept and materials and are ready to start creating! Remember, any and all materials are acceptable – get messy! (Here is a fun mixed media piece I created with the same title)

I also did a separate post on being able to see the Principles of Design in Graphic Design.

We will talk about binding next week

Need some inspiration? Go back to the original post, check out Pinterest – or see additional inspiration here:

Carole Penin

Popular Kinetics Artist Book Exhibit

Local Resource: IS Projects

Friday, Jan. 20: Principles of Design + Artist Book


Image reference and additional reading

Unity and Variety

Repetition and Rhythm

Scale and Proportion




Directional Forces


Produce an artist book (hand-bound) of pages illustrating each principles of design on one page or one 2-page spread each.

Your book should have be anywhere from 5×7″ to 8.5×11″. The cover should be designed as well with a thicker sheet of paper.

Using a theme of your choice, produce pages that illustrating each of the principles of design. You may use any/all mediums you would like.. be as messy as possible!


Louise Bourgeoise’s fabric book is a great example of simple Principles of Design

Material ideas: 






photography (printed out)

found objects

Simple Bookbinding resources:

pamphlet stitch: Tutorial on 3 hole and 5 hole pamphlet stitch

stab stitch

accordion book

Be inspired! Excellent student examples from previous Design Fundamentals classes:

Video examples of student work can be seen on the Google Drive titled “Artist Book Videos”

Due date: Feb. 10- in person critique.

Photographs and video submitted to Canvas by end of day, Friday, Feb. 10

HOMEWORK: Mark Making: The Value of Value

This project accomplishes the following Course Learning Outcomes:

  •  Demonstrate technical skill to produce a multi-step value scale and a balanced multi-step color wheel in paint, pencil, or digital.
  • Demonstrate technical skill to produce a variety of tactile and visual textures in various mediums including digital.
  • Demonstrate technical skill to produce clean transitions of color in pencil, charcoal, ink and paint, and digital design.

 3 Value Scale Warm up Exercises: 

  1. With a pen or pencil, produce a traditional value scale  using: you may chose color or b/w.

2. With a piece of charcoal or pastel, produce a value scale using: hatching/crosshatching or stipling/scribbling.


3. Experiment with other, patterned lines that help you explore line, shape, texture and value. 10 different experimented small squares.

DUE DATE – 3 .jpg / .png files (one value scale in b/w, one value scale in color and one set of 10 experiments) and submitted to Canvas Assignment “Value Scale”: Friday, Jan. 20 by 8 a.m. Click on “Assignments” and you will see “Value Scale Assignment” at the top. 

Friday, Jan. 13: Welcome Spring 2023!

Hello students! I’m excited to explore the Principles of Design and Visual Elements through the use of hands-on art projects and Photoshop and Illustrator. We will meet at 8 a.m. IN PERSON in room HU207 to go over everything.

Please click here for our syllabus and always refer to this blog for our assignments, video tutorial requirements and due dates.

Things to go over today:

  1. here for our syllabus
  2. Schedule (see below)
  3. Introductions + special interests + access to Creative Suite?
  4. Adobe Tutorials
  5. Homework: Explore , simple Value Scale Assignment and start thinking of Artist Book
  6. Check out our HU Gallery

This is our tentative schedule – but again, absolute deadlines + assignments are always going to be posted here. So check back regularly for updates.

WEEK ONE: Syllabus, introductions, value scale experiments, homework.

WEEK 2, 3, 4: Design Project 1: Principles of Design studio project: Artist Book. Unity and Variety, Repetition and Rhythm, Scale and Proportion,  Emphasis, Balance, Contrast

WEEK 5, 6: Visual Elements + Design Project 2: Word Play studio project: Line, Shape, Color, Form, Texture, Space, Pattern, Composition

WEEK 7, 8: Color Theory + Research ArtistCurated Color + : Complimentary, Analogous, Color Psychology, etc.

WEEK 9, 10, 11: Design Project 3: Juxtaposition Collage: Photoshop – digital collage

WEEK  12, 13, 14: Design Project 5: Self Portraiture through Typography:  Illustrator – digital

Installing typefaces

Hello students! With this Illustrator typography project, you might want to consider downloading custom typefaces! Here is a great website that has thousands of options – DaFont

How to install:

1.Sift through to find a typeface you like

2. Press the “download” button

3. Find the file in your “downloads” – double click the .otf or .ttf file to instal in your FontBook.

4. Once installed in your FontBook – you can use the font on any platform on your computer!

Typographic Self Portrait – Illustrator

Our next project will challenge the following skills:

  • Learning basic skills in Illustrator (pen tool, drawing on a path, installing a typeface)
  • Creative expression through Self Portraiture

Two things you need: 

  1. A photo of your face
  2. Text – could be a series of words, song lyrics, a poem, a combination of all

Student examples: 

Online examples:

Once you gather your photo and the text you will be using, we will go over basic Illustrator pen tool skills.

The PEN tool – the pen tool is one of the most important tools to master in Illustrator. Throughout the semester you will get better at the pen tool, but only with lots of practice!

Setting up new document

Selection vs. Direct Selection

Pen tool basics: add, subtract, convert, handlebars, curves, pencil

Good link on drawing basics

Fun interlude: Play this game for a few minutes to practice the pen tool 😉 

More pen tool resources: 

          Pen tool tips

Other general Adobe Illustrator tutorials

Really good Type on a Path tutorial video

File formats

Hello students!

I’m looking forward to seeing how you translate your aesthetic to your 2 Photoshop Collages.

Just a quick note about file formats. You should always have at least 2 files of the same project – one working file, one smaller version.


  • Your “working file” with layers, etc should be saved as a .psd
  • Your compressed, smaller file (for email, uploading to web, etc) should be saved as a .jpg


  • Your “working file” with layers, etc should be saved as a .ai
  • Your compressed, smaller file (for email, uploading to web, etc) should be saved as a .pdf. A PDF is especially important when you are dealing with typefaces, as it embeds them into the document.

Creative Collage – Photoshop

Mastery of Photoshop selection tools including: Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand, Healing Brush and Spot Healing Brush, Layers.

Photoshop HELP

Photoshop Layers

Photoshop Effects

Fundamental Tools

Assignment : Digital Collages:

Using Photoshop selection tools and the magic wand tool,

make TWO : 8” x 10”collages using sections and pieces of your own original photographs. The two collages can be in the same style/narrative or they can be completely different aesthetics.

Use at least 3-4 different images in each collage – think about how to compose an interesting design with the images that you have. Remember to assess the formal Principles of Design – Balance, Repetition and Rhythm, Scale and Proportion, Contrast and Directional Forces. Be sure to save two versions – a .psd and a .jpg

I’d like your collages to be 75% images taken by YOU. If you need 1-2 stock images – please use or for high quality, free images.

Think of a way to create a collage with any of the following themes: 1. Memory 2. Documentation 3. Texture (see above links for free texture images) 4. Fantastical Landscape 5. Self Portrait See Maggie Taylor’s work or Jerry Uelsmann’s b/w photo work for inspiration on fantastical digital collages.

Great example of masking

Bird Ladies! 😉

General collage links

Technical help with selection tools and masking:

Requirements: (2) – 8″x10″ .jpgs


Due submitted to Canvas by Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 a.m.

Curated Color +



  1. Visually research a contemporary artist on      or Art21. Your selected artist/s MUST be on one of these sites.  or included in the contemporary artist list below.
  2. Curate a Virtual Exhibit of 8-10 images focusing on 2-5 artists working with color as a character. 
  3. To curate your exhibit – research 2-5 artists that you respond to, download and compile 8-10 high quality images, create a title for your exhibit, write an intro paragraph about your “curatorial vision” (this is a short mission of the exhibit)  be sure to site your images with artist name, title, medium and year. 
  4. Create a powerpoint, save to pdf and upload pdf presentation to the Canvas

Final Result: 

The goals of this project are to be introduced to a contemporary artist as well as major artists from art history,  learn different color schemes and  address and experiment with color theory.

Historic Examples of Artists who are known for their use of color:

Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe

Contemporary Artists that use Color as a way of Exploring the Figure:

Watch this: Nick Cave‘s “Soundsuits” 

Wangechi Mutu and the Abstract, Magical Figure

Kenhinde Wiley 

Nina Chanel Abney

Mickalene Thomas

Color Theory Resources:

Types of Color Schemes

Color Matters

Color Theory

Video – Color Theory

Adobe Color

Due: Nov. 11 by 11:59 p.m. submitted in Canvas