Tuesday 18 September 2012

wasp project part 1

Wasp Research Sketchbook – Part 1


Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art & Design
Unit 2: Materials, Techniques & Processes in Art & Design
Unit 3: Ideas and Concepts in Art & Design
Unit 4 Visual Communication in Art & Design
Unit 5: Contextual Influences in Art & Design
Unit 7: Design Methods in Art & Design
Unit 12: Computers in Art and Design
Unit 23: Photography Media, Techniques and Technology
Unit 37: Graphics Media, Techniques and Technology
Unit 75: Drawing from Observation
Unit 76: Generating Fine Art Ideas
Unit 79: Multi-disciplinary Work in Fine Art
Unit 80: Painting and Fine Art
Unit 81: Printmaking
Unit 32: Experimental Imagery in Photography
Unit 45: Graphic Image Making
Unit 38: Mixed Media Image Making
Unit 82: Sculpture
Unit 39: Type and Letter Forms
Unit 41: Words and Images in Graphic Design
Unit 48: Narrative Image Making

This project is in 2 parts.  Part 1 gives you the opportunity to explore and extend your experience of techniques and processes.  You will work expressively in very individual ways.  There is an emphasis on using observational skills and responding to this form within a variety of formats.

 Part 2 then asks you to apply this information within the following ways :
a graphic design/illustrational context or
a fashion design/photography context

Produce a body of work within a sketchbook that responds to both the anatomical shape and the expressive idea of a wasp.  You are asked to respond using drawing, painting, photography, photomontage, collage, print and three-dimensional ways of work. 

Time: Part 1 (3 weeks)

Week 1:          Observational drawing, printmaking, experimentations with type, surface
Week 2:          Photomontage, collage, working with text, typography, mixed media
Week 3:          3D pieces – using found objects, pieces of text, finalising sketchbooks

Required for this project:

·          Basic drawing materials - pencils, rubber, food colouring.
·          Car Manuals     * very important
·          Small scaled objects to make 3D experimental piece:  clock bits, typewriter bits, radio circuit board, mobile phones, audio tape, jewellery, parts of small dolls, tea strainers, knives and forks.

        The following materials and techniques should be developed within sketchbooks:

  • Paint, pen and ink, charcoal, oil pastels, bleach, food colouring, jewellery wire.
  • Photomontage using lifestyle magazines, car manuals, as well as photographs.
  • Monoprint, wire prints, embossing, gold card, prints.
  • Acetate drawings.
  • Photography, collages on acetate,
  • Found objects, including wasps themselves which are scanned, photocopied, made negative, inverse experiments using CAD   
  • 3D experimental hybrid forms using found materials, relief etc.  These could
  • be very delicate jewellery like hanging structures, brooches using beading.  They could equally be showing small sculptures or combining text within 3D work.  etc  These pieces should utilise the character of these objects and become ‘equivalent’ wasp body parts.

Part 1 Procedure:

Week 1:

1.      Consider the idea of a wasp.  Write down words associated with this creature - its character as well as its physical appearance.  Consider words such as predator, sting, poison, symbols of danger, energy, warrior, insect admired for its industrious behaviour, honeycomb.   Produce an extensive brainstorm.
2.      Start to analyse differing parts of the wasp - the abdomen, the proportional parts, the mandibles and subtle shape of the head area, the segmented legs.  In every way begin to research information about this creature that gives you a much deeper understanding of its features in as wide a way as possible.  Start to present this information in a sketchbook that pays homage to this creature.  Produce drawings, overlays of information, photographs of details etc. of these insects.  Consider how these images are put together to make a celebration and analysis of this creature.  Produce at least 30 sides, a full sketchbook of both analytical and expressive drawing and research.   

  • You will follow a series of workshops where you will investigate varying techniques to transform your imagery.

3.      Look at the work of the following artists who are known for their diverse drawing and use of mixed media.   

Anselm Kiefer                        Frank Auerbach
Ana Maria Pacheco                 Gerald Scarfe
Terry Gilliam                          Robert Rauschenburg
Jasper Johns                            Alberto Giacometti
David Hockney                        Lucian Freud
Tim Tompkinson
Lauren Simkin-Berke
Florian Nicolle
Alison Lambert
Jenny Saville
blog that has loads of graphics/illustration

Document 2 of the above artists’ work in your sketchbooks, giving examples of their techniques and processes.  Discuss why you find them inspiring and indicate exactly the qualities you admired.   Analyse at least one individual piece, then each of the 2 artists  and discuss in depth their technique, processes and concepts.  Produce 500 words. Look up 2 more contemporary designers or artists that you particularly like.  Document their work alongside. Perhaps look at

4.      Respond to the wasp to form expressive and strong observational pieces that explore shape, colour and varying components.  With each study consider your viewpoint, where you place your image on the paper and the size of each study.  Try to demonstrate fluency within the use of your materials.

5.      Begin to consider the idea of territory, swarming and start to combine images of maps, newspapers, housing, dustbins, picnic bags etc. to refer to their environment.  Consider the concept of workers, insects or ‘soldiers’,  look at words associated with these creatures like danger, poison, keep out, killer etc. aggression

Graphics and Illustration - You will be given a piece of text from the Wasp factory.  Begin arranging this and experimentally using materials to try and create an interesting composition.  Try to play with this around images that you have produced to create an interesting combination of text and image on.    Use other poems, dictionary definitions concerning the idea of wasps.  Vary scale, style of font, surface etc.
Fashion and Textiles/Photography- You will be encouraged to use a range of surface and tactile qualities within your work.  You may wish to explore the use of colour and pattern, motif and shape

6.      Imagine there has been a nuclear disaster and the wasp is one of the many insects which have survived, yet its physicality has changed.  It has mutated into a new species of varying combinations of part human, wasp and machine.

7.      Using your wasp studies as reference produce a series of collages and photomontage pieces using magazines and car manuals and  quick experimental 3D ideas using found materials and objects

Su Blackwell
George Grosz                          Barbra Kruger
John Heartfield                       Man Ray
Kurt Schwitters                      Max Ernst
Lucas Samaras                       David Mach
Hannah Höck                         Eduardo Paolozzi
Katy Lemay
Mario Wagner
Raoul Haussmann

8.      Look up the technique of photomontage and find out about the artists above.  Answer the following questions within 500 words.  Please give examples.

1.       When did photomontage first begin?
2.       Give some early examples, how was it received by the art establishment  Please give background information on this technique..
3.       What movements are associated with the development of photomontage?
4.       In what way was photomontage used politically 
5.      Give an example of a contemporary artist/designer  who has used photomontage within their work.


See artists above and Design diary contemporary artists/designers for extensive list.

Part 1  
Minimum Submission Requirements:

§     A full A3 sketchbook, at least 30 sides of analytical, expressive drawings that shows rapid and sustained drawing, printmaking, collage and mixed media.  These pages should reflect the character and identity of the wasp, as well showing some images that are  anatomically correct.
§     Quick 3D experimental piece representing the mutated wasp, using found materials\objects\text\surface jewellery work.
§     500 words analysing painters’.
§     500 words analysing artists who work within photomontage within answers to questions.
§     Both written pieces can be integrated into the sketchbook.
§     800 word evaluation typed and checked for spelling using scanned in imagery to illustrate points.


Part 1 Wasp Project Evaluation

You should answer questions in depth.  You must use scanned imagery from your sketchbooks to make your points clearer.  Evaluations should be a minimum of 800 words, word-processed and checked for spelling.

  1. Discuss how you have approached this project.  Go through the varying stages –detailing how each stage has developed.  Consider brainstorming, collation of research, development of final outcome. 

  1. Which parts of your imagery have been successful?  Can you pinpoint 2 or 3 images to discuss in detail and analyse why these have worked well?

  1. Can you pinpoint why other images have been less successful?  How can you learn from this for next time?

  1. Have your observational skills improved?  In what ways have you found your analysis has changed within this kind of drawing?

  1. Which artists/ designers or research imagery have you found most influential for this project and why?

  1. How did you interpret the latter part of this brief displaying ideas about the mutated wasp? Please show pictures of your progression.

  1. What techniques do you feel you have learnt, developed or pushed onwards from previous projects perhaps mention these.  Please illustrate how your imagery has refined by showing contrasting images.

  1. How would you modify or change these pieces of work you have produced if you had a further 3 weeks of study?

  1. Do you think you have used your time well within this project?  What aspects of your process do you think you need to work on for the next part?

Okay here is the homework .....


FIRST WEEK TUESDAY 11 September.  Please make sure you complete by next Monday 17 Sept

During this week you will be set small tasks every day to be completed the same day.  You are required to keep up to date with daily tasks to pass this project.  Use your time very carefully.  We will expect you to work everyday in your private study.  Use the room to complete tasks after lessons but clean up afterwards – we will know who it is!

·        Overall 10 good pages of work across the week. 

Some of this will be started in lessons, others you will be asked to prepare or complete.  Stick to the deadline and you won’t fall behind.!

TUESDAY                      3 pages research on the wasp theme, brainstorm thoroughly, google it, definition of this, anatomy,  anything you can find about this  creature- how they nest, attack etc 2 sustained pencil or pen at home, large scale ink drawings  using strong observational skills.

WEDNESDAY             -  Continue expressive drawing started in class using inks and food colouring ,
2 gold cards cut – 1 styilised image and 1 expressive one, complete ink drawings, take photos of wasps and print out large A4 size for tomorrow for printmaking on Friday

THURSDAY                 - finish gold card cutting tasks in lessons, continue with drawing

FRIDAY                       - Research on 2 artists on brief, answer questions.  Find 2 additional  contemporary designers that inspire your work, Work in the style of these.  Produce at least 2 examples of each designer. Bring in Haynes manuels, and popular magazines for next week. 



MONDAY –       CATCH UP IF YOU ARE BEHIND WITH RESEARCH AND RESPONSES, or anything else from week 1 !!!
A series of wire prints in ink and embossed. loads of printmaking

TUESDAY –      Complete 2  complex Haynes Manuel images and shrink down on acetate for photogrammes

WEDNESDAY – Please have acetates ready of wasp imagery for postcard size photogrammes..  CAD work with Sophie and Paul   Produce at least 3 pieces of work, either CAD or photogrammes depending on which half of the group you are in.

THURSDAY -    2/3 complex coloured magazine collages. Please spend time working on these at home or in the dept.   Continue with collage work Mark/Georgie’s lesson will not be on due the Martin Read’s funeral.

Photomontage research.  Answer questions relating to photomontage.  Fine 2 contemporary artists you like and document their work.500 words .  See brief please !

FRIDAY -          Photomontage research and develop work with text that is given to you.  Produce 5 different collages, mixed media. 



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