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Shape & Texture / Foamcore Project

Objective: Create a low relief construction using foamcore and acrylic paint.

Procedure: Draw three or five different shapes on your newsprint pad. Some of the shapes can be organic, some of the shapes can be geometric, but all must be NON-OBJECTIVE. Next, repeat each shape several times, making every iteration a different size. You will end up with between nine and twenty-five unique shapes. Transfer your shapes to foam core and then cut them out. Experiment with your shapes by putting them in different configurations. Move them around the picture plane until you find a composition that is dynamic and visually interesting. Some of the shapes can be lifted off the surface of the picture plane by propping them up with smaller pieces of foam core underneath. This is an effective way to create a sense of depth in your composition.

Examples of Student Works

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Paint your shapes and the support with acrylic paint before gluing everything in place. This will make it much easier to create a smooth and even finish over the entire work. Use only one colour, but five or six different values: one value for each kind of foamcore plus a separate value for the 20 x 30 inch support. Choose one foamcore that is particularly interesting (it might be larger or more elaborate than the rest) and then paint it a slightly different, yet analogous colour. This foamcore will provide emphasis for the entire composition. When all of the painted pieces are dry, use hot glue to adhere them to the supporting piece of foam core.

AESTHETIC: Your work must adhere to the Principles of Composition, especially Emphasis, Variety, Movement, Balance, Unity, Rhythm and Proportion.

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