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Homework
Just a heads up! I've chosen the topics for this class based on their connection to art, rather than because the topics all flow together or are of the same complexity. Furthermore, I like to see what people can do, when given the chance. Hopefully, taking those two ideas into account will help you understand and accept that the problems on the homework vary quite a bit in their level of difficulty. Some weeks, the entire problem set will be fairly straightforward (which is not quite the same thing as being easy); other weeks may be a bit more mixed. When you encounter a problem or an entire concept that seems difficult to you, don't stress, but don't skip it, either. Take advantage of my office hours, and those of the tutor for this class, Jess.
Also, since the problem sets will be based on what we've covered, some weeks the problem sets will be fairly long, while other weeks they'll be shorter.
Projects
Brief Description of project | Due date | Maximum points | |
1 | Read a book or article on math in art | 4/22/11 | 50 (long book) |
40 (Flatland or similar) | |||
20 (10-20 page article) | |||
5-10 (shorter article) | |||
2 | Create work rigorously using proportion | 2/11/11 | 35 (10-15 measurements) |
15 (5-7 measurements) | |||
5-10 (fewer measurements) | |||
3 | Analyze Seurat's La Parade for evidence | 3/4/11 | 20-25 (>= 16 good prospects) |
of the Golden Ratio | 10-20 (8-15 good prospects) | ||
5-10 (3-7 good prospects) | |||
4 | Create work incorporating Golden Ratio | 3/11/11 | 50 (extensive/varied use and |
and/or Fibonacci numbers | an analysis of the resulting | ||
work) | |||
5 | On a window, tape a building seen through | 3/25/11 (new due date) | 10 (per person) |
the window (group project) | |||
6 (original) | Draw house using 3D coordinates and | 3/25/11 | 30 (if extensively) |
perspective formulae | personalized) | ||
15 (if no personalization) | |||
6 (new) | Draw room using 3D coordinates and | 3/25/11 | 50 (if 25 points) |
perspective formulae (group project) | 20 (if 10 points) | ||
(These points will be divided among group members) | |||
7 | Create work using perspective techniques | 4/15/11 (new due date) | 35 (extensive/varied use and |
developed in class | analysis of viewing position) | ||
8 | Create work of anamorphic art | 4/8/11 | 25 (create grid & find viewing distance) |
15 (find viewing distance for given grid) | |||
10 (art alone) | |||
Perspective grid | |||
Straight grid | |||
9 | Create a fractal using the recursive | 4/22/11 (new due date) | 30 (if 3-4 steps & find dim.) |
process | 15 (if 3-4 steps) | ||
10 | Read Flatland; write a description of | 5/6/11 | 40 (substantial and sound) |
constraints on life in 2D | |||
11 | Construct "unfolded" hypercube, | 5/6/11 | 20 (3D & correctly colored) |
identifying connecting faces | |||
12 | Write a speculation on life in the 4th | 5/6/11 | 25 (sound & creative) |
dimension, based on sound math |
To create some of these fun triangles yourself, go to this website
To see some of the sculptures described in this article, go to this website of Arthur Silverman's work