Art 20 Assignment #7 Art Synectics - A New Way of Seeing

Art synectics is credited mostly to Nicholas Rourke and embraces looking at our world in a new way. We will try a project in viewpoint taken from the book 'Art Synectics". For this lesson, you will have the choice of three assignments.

Assignment Choice 1 - Subjective symbolism

Concept: Strengthening intuitive creativity


1. Arbitrarily cut out one to four lines of text from a magazine article (a provocative statement or portion of dialog)
2. Make a collage: seek out black and white photographs and designs from magazines that you intuitively feel support the text.
3. Use a gluestick and attach the images to a sheet of white drawing paper.
4. Add lines, shapes, tone, and color with pencil, ink, and or felt tip pens to heighten the emotional effect and to unify the composition.
Note: Transparent decals can be made from magazine images and superimposed over each other to achieve multiple images. They are made by ironing laminating film over the face of he photographic reproduction and then washing away the backing paper with lukewarm water, leaving only a transparent film with the image on it. Use a gluestick to attach the decals to paper or plastic surfaces. Laminating film is available form art supply locations.

Assignment Choice 2- Reassembled Components

Concept: Altering images by shifting grid components

1. Find a large photographic image and divide into 1 inch (2.5 cm) squares.
2. Cut the image into squares and reassemble it on a sheet of black construction paper.
3. Shift the components to create an entirely different design pattern.

Assignment Choice 3- Art from Scrapped Objects

Concept: Making drawings from crushed, rusted, or altered objects

1. Comb your neighborhood for objects that have been altered by accident, such as pop cans crushed by traffic or altered by the effects of nature such as rusted objects. Look for objects that have been partially burned, crushed, dissolved or disintegrated.
2. Used the found objects as still-life subjects for drawing.
3. Use colored chalk and work big on (75 cm x 100 cm - 30 x 40 inches) butcher paper. Draw details of the subject, but freely exaggerate or abstract the colors.