Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fictitious Dishes, Assignment Guidelines

Select a short story from the list below. Interpret the elements and principles (lines, colors, textures, shapes, space, repetition, unity, balance) to three dimensional form. This assignment is inspired directly from the work of Dinah Fried and her book Fictitious Dishes. 

Link here to see book on Amazon.


  1. Practice identifying and extracting elements and principles of art and design.
  2. Visually communicate ideas about elements and principles. 
  3. Develop content.
  4. Make visual choices that have meaning and significance.
  5. Introduce paper mold making.
  6. Continue to utilize transformed plane processes. 


  1. Must have at least five (5) paper sculptures.
  2. At least two are wet paper molds.
  3. No tape, glue, string, staples, etc… 
  4. In addition to the examples I have here on the class blog, you can check out my Pinterest board, Sculpture Paper.  Link here
  5. Also, check out the categories on this blog, "Fictitious Dishes Visual Examples" and "Paper Sculpture". 

  1. Use only white copy paper.  No card stock.
  2. For color use the Winsor Newton ink set. Colored pens/pencils can also be used. Important - if incorporating "white", use the white ink that came in your kit. Do not leave paper white. 
  3. Cut matt (please do not cut on the table.  Extra cut matts available in the studio). 
  4. Exacto knife
  5. Scissors
  6. Ruler 
  7. Pencil

A different story for each student.  Stories assigned in order of requests. 

The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
The Lottery Ticket by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin

Select two stories. Read both. Make notes on the elements and principles that you imagined when reading each story.

Come to class with your notes. Share/Brainstorm ideas with other people in class.

Begin experimenting with ink and paper molds. Materials: Winsor Newton Ink Set + white ink, brushes, white copy paper, pens/pencils, scissors/exacto, cut matt.

Begin design and construction of final solution.

What to put on your blog:
1. In process photos. 
2. At least three (3) professional images of the final solution. 
3. A personal response to the story you read.*
4. A statement about the work you made.*
*#3 and #4 can be combined. 
5. Optional - any sketches or drawings. 

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