The Black Square Problem: Welcome to our introduction to creative problem solving. In this assignment we are going to startwith the basic elements and principles that make an effective composition and design; but before we studythem in depth, we are going to discover them through creating a work of art (it’s just more fun this way). The most important thing to keep in mind is that creative problem solving is visual communication.It has a language that is more universal than the way we speak. In order to be a successful artist it isimportant to look for answers to problems that are innovative and stray away from the obvious solutions. You will start to question problems by working from the known to the unknown; so be sure toexplore any idea that you may have!Here’s what you’ll do:Use four black squares to create four final images that express the meaning of FOUR of these six words (4total designs that are 6”x6” so you can choose the four you feel you can represent the best) 1. Order 2. Increase 3. Bold 4. Congested 5. Tension 6. Playful You will make at least 6 preliminary sketches for each word. Select the most effective solution to 4 ofthe problems and create a finished work of art for each. You will use pencil, black sharpie marker, rulers,paper and other materials provided. Remember, it’s usually not our first idea that is the most successful. Don’t always look for the obvioussolution to the problem. You will find that for some of these words many of you may come up withoutcomes that are very similar to your classmates, but here’s an important fact to keep in mind: Thepotential number of successful solutions are infinite!Here are some important rules to keep in mind when working with these squares: 1. The squares can vary in size 2. The squares are solid black, but when they overlap each other you may distinguish this by using white space or lines 3. Think of where your squares are in relation to the page (composition) 4. The squares can touch creating a larger shape that may lose the form of a square 5. Be sure to try overlapping for some of these problems 6. Contrast in size, position, direction, and space will drastically effect the meaning of your design 7. Be aware of the relationship between positive (the black squares) and negative (the blank) space Studio Art Dorofy/Duckworth/Gordon/Sanders Good luck, have fun, and think it out!
The Black Square Problem Name: _____________________________________Studio ArtDorofy/Duckworth/Gordon/Sanders Block: _________________________Completion of Requirements (1pt. each) Criterion below will be____ 6 sketches for Order evaluated on this 12-point scale:____ 6 sketches for Increase 10-12. Exceeds Expectations____ 6 sketches for Bold 7-9. Meets All Expectations____ 6 sketches for Congested 4-6. Meets Most Expectations____ 6 sketches for Tension 1-3. Meets Few Expectations____ 6 sketches for Playful____ 4 final pieces created____ Reflection completedComposition/Application of Elements & PrinciplesDoes the design and arrangement of your black squares work together as a cohesive whole? Is thereemphasis on the appropriate areas? Does your eye flow effortlessly through the piece? Does your pieceappear cluttered or empty? /12Creative Problem SolvingDid you take the scope of the assignment and bring new and interesting thoughts and visual imagery to it?Since you had words to describe using only black squares were you successful in conveying the meaningof these words using just the squares? Do all designs suit the words clearly? Are you able to justify themeaning behind your work? /12Application of Materials & ProcessesIs your Black Square Project created using the techniques taught in class? Did you use pencil, sharpie andrulers effectively demonstrating the techniques taught in class? /12CraftsmanshipAre there obvious signs of care and quality in the production and creation of your piece? Does your piecemeet conventional standards of craftsmanship? /12Comments: TOTAL: /56
Black Square Problem ReflectionStudio ArtFor the 4 words you used, please describe how your design conveys the meaning. For the 2 words youdid not use, please explain why you chose to omit them from your final list. Use a separate sheet of paperif necessary.1. Order____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2. Increase____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3. Bold____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________4. Congested____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________5. Tension____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________6. Playful____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________7. What was the most difficult part about this project?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________8. If you could do this again, what would you change?____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________