Final Project – Examples

Here are a few examples of different techniques and styles that might be employed for this final assignment. Keep in mind that these are merely examples, and I encourage you to utilize a combination of the  techniques we have learned throughout this year to convey your narrative. Make sure your concepts are focused and specific.

The City:

The Door:

The Room:


Final Portfolio – Tips and Hints

Some reminders for your final portfolio:

  1. Make sure you include LOTS of process work. The more process work I see and the more thoughtful commentary that accompanies that work, the better. Ideally, I’d like to see between 3-4 layouts of process work PER assignment, and probably more than that for your final. Remember, we are treating drawing as a way of thinking, so I want to see how you treat each step in the process of creating a collage, what you were thinking about as you made those decisions, and why those decisions brought you to one conclusion or another.
  2. Don’t fuss over formattting – just use the template I provided, as no additional credit will be given to fanciful layout or formatting.
  3. Remember to “place” images in the document rather than copy and paste them – this will keep the file size smaller. The shortcut for placing images is “Ctrl+D”
  4. This will provide helpful tips for resizing, cropping and placing images:
  5. Once your document is completed, go to File -> Adobe PDF Presets -> High Quality Print. Use the standard settings. When you name your file, please name it lastname_firstname_portfolio.pdf, i.e. Hara_Michael_portfolio.pdf
  6. To send me the file, use the website Send your file to (my email address).

Portfolios are due at 9:00 P.M. on Thursday, the 18th. Late submissions will be docked 10% per day, so do NOT turn them in late.

Final Assignment: The City, The Door, and The Room

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”
― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities


For your final assignment you will be drawing and painting an architectural triptych – a three-panel painting which was oft employed in early Christian art and has been used as a contemporary device for the organization and juxtaposition of different paintings and elements. Using this device, you will draw three things – a drawing at the urban scale (the city); a drawing at the scale of the street (the door), and a drawing from within a building (the room). These drawings will not be of an existing city per-se, but should be a city “of your dreams.” With this, of course, I refer not to an idealized city, but a city that is both foreign and familiar, one with recognizable elements yet strange situations.

Like your very first assignment, which was an “urban self portrait,” this assignment should be a representative navigation of your subconscious. Utilizing any or all of the techniques that you learned this semester, I want you to set up a narrative of drawings at the level of the city, the street and the room. Remember to use semantic clues and minute details to tell your story, including people, objects, signs, texts, and titles. Feel free to write a brief narrative if you believe it will help elucidate your drawings.

For your final I would like you to plot your drawings. The size and proportion is up to your discretion, but they should be at least larger than 11×17 each. Remember, as with any assignment I want to see PROCESS, and the more process I see the better.

Assignment #4 – What’s outside isn’t necessarily what’s inside

Today we talked about collage and how the aggregation of disparate objects/images/people can begin to breed new understanding. Using the techniques of collage, I want you to make two drawings – one interior and one exterior. These two drawings should create a dichotomy of opposites – one should speak of calmness and serenity, and one should exude chaos and motion. The specific subject you choose to investigate – political, personal, emotional, etc. – is up to your discretion. I would like everyone to use the opposites of calmness and chaos so we can compare the two.

Think hard about the conceptual basis of your dichotomy – technique is secondary here, think about what you are trying to communicate and how best to do that.