Value, Texture, Mapping

  • Homework Review
  • Trim Texture Squares
  • Group grid activity
  • Mapping Images
  • Start Map Project


  1. Texture and Value Map: Using textures and values inspired by the texture pattern grid project, create a black and white map of your selected region in ball point pen. Begin by transferring your map to 14 x 17″ bristol using tracing paper and graphite. Give the whole composition a frame, leaving at least a 1″ border around the edges. Experiment with different textures in your sketchbook (or use your texture squares) to see how different textures and values look next to each other. Come up with a plan for how you will lay out your textures and values to create a striking, legible design for your map. For your completed design, try to fill the bulk of the map with value and texture, using the white of the page for balance and contrast, but not as a main texture or value. Step by step photos/instructions here.
  2. Before Week 8 (April 4th): Visit MoMA (free with your CCNY ID) and see the Inventing Abstraction show. Choose one work that you are particularly drawn to, and copy it in your sketchbook, making sure to note the artist’s name, the date, and the medium. Take notes on the piece based on terms and concepts used in this class. Why is this work particularly successful for you? Do you recognize any of the elements and principles of design we’ve discussed at work in the piece? How? Email me the name of the title & artist for the piece you’ve selected, and an image taken in the gallery or outside of it if you can’t shoot inside.