Saturday, September 30, 2023

Transformation Assignment Guidelines


Explore the many forms of mark making through the process of transformation.

  • Begin with a sheet of paper measuring 42" x 36". I will provide each student with this size paper. 
  • Use ArtGraf Discs and/or pastels and/or ink to cover entire surface. The original tone of paper should not be visible. This drawing is considered Transformation #1. I will have these materials on hand if students do not have. 
  • Each week bring the transformed drawing to class. 
  • After the initial tonal prep using materials above, materials are your choice.
  • 90% of the drawing needs to be different from the week before.
  • Students can use whatever materials/processes they choose. The drawing can change in size/shape. Can also change to 3D. 
  • *****No portion of the drawing can be discarded.***** Must use every bit of the paper for each transformation. 
  • You can add material to the drawing for each transformation.
  • Each week the drawing should look like a new drawing. 
  • The changes you make to the drawing should demonstrate time and effort. 
  • Cutting into the surface or adding dimension to the surface is a form of drawing. Feel free to use non-traditional methods of drawing (mark making). 
  • Take risks. 
  • Explore.
  • Give and Take.

Document drawing each time before you change it. These drawings are required for your Digital Document at end of the semester. 


Make notes on your process for each transformation. This info also required for Digital Document. 

  • Each transformation worth 20 points. 
  • Points deducted for not presenting. Must be present to show work. Images not accepted if you are absent or in class. No make up work. 
  • Points can also be deducted for work that does not demonstrate time and effort and/or does not demonstrate at least a 90% transformation.

Student Work:

transformation |ˌtran(t)sfərˈmāSH(ə)nnouna thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance: its landscape has undergone a radical transformation.• a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal.• Physics the induced or spontaneous change of one element into another by a nuclear process.• Mathematics & Logic a process by which one figure, expression, or function is converted into another that is equivalent in some important respect but is differently expressed or represented.• Linguistics a process by which an element in the underlying deep structure of a sentence is converted to an element in the surface structure.• Biology the genetic alteration of a cell by introduction of extraneous DNA, especially by a plasmid.• Biology the heritable modification of a cell from its normal state to a malignant state.ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin transformatio(n-), from the verb transformare (see transform.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Mark Making

 Use a pencil or pen. 

Lines - Ink - use brush or pen nib or stick. 

Wash - Ink - use a brush and lots of water. 

Drag a string that was dipped in paint or ink or gesso. 

Cut out shapes, place another paper/texture to show through cut out window. 

Frottage - place paper on a textured surface/area, rub surface with a pastel/charcoal/soft pencil. 

Make/use stencils. 

Splatter - a toothbrush works well. 




Walk on the surface. 


Stain with tea and./or coffee.