Appropriation Magazine Cover

Appropriation is a known practice in Postmodern Art. In appropriation, artists will consciously borrow from pre-existing sources whether in
style, composition or medium and create a new original work of art, while paying respect and tribute to great artists of the past. In
Postmodern thought, appropriation is felt to challenge traditional ideas about authenticity and individuality. It can also be about the
meaning within a work of art and copyright issues involving intellectual property. Appropriation is not dishonest or unethical. It can be a
special way or attempt to transform existing art into a fresh and original statement. Graphic design utilizes computers to manipulate
images and have revolutionized image-making.
Assignment:
1. Select from the list on the website of well-known 20th C or 21st C artists and design an appropriated magazine cover in a style which
reflects your chosen artist’s ideas, themes or style. Your design will be in a collage form using pieces of color paper, images or text
from magazines or the Internet. This assignment will further your understanding of the visual elements and principles of design which
become inherent in works of art. (See study guide 1 or chapters 4 & 5).
2. You may also use Photoshop or Illustrator, yet this is not a cut & paste of original works of art. (See website under student examples
of this assignment which are not acceptable appropriations – visualartnotes.com).
3. A viewer should be able recognize your selected artist by their style, themes or ideas, yet be your original message.
4. Your cover should be about the context of your magazine’s title. The name of your magazine will begin with the letter “V”. You can not
use an existing name of any printed material or advertising, such as Vette, Veranda, Variety, Victorian Homes, Vacations, Vanidades,
Vegetarian Times, V-twin, Volleyball, Vermont Life, Virginia Wildlife or Videomaker, to name a few. The title name can be more than one
word, but the first word must start with the letter “V”. It also can be in a foreign language or a play on words.
5. Magazine cover should be at least 8½ ”W X 11”L. The collage should cover the entire surface. Choose a font style for your title and
article leads/captions. Look at magazine covers in a periodical room in a library, on the Internet or retail stores which carries magazines
for ideas of layout, fonts, leads to articles, etc. View past student examples on the website – visualartnotes.com
6. Suggestions for the title and leads: Use clear labels to print on and cut away the excess or cut around letters. Clear labels are not
absolutely clear, but rather frosty and don’t work well on dark background colors with medium to dark lettering. Medium color lettering,
such as orange doesn’t show up easily either. Think about choosing colors which would have good contrast against a background before
gluing and having unexpected problems. Another way to add lettering could be to scan your collage and use Photoshop.
7. You will also include a written analysis with your magazine cover, which should include the following:
 Brief, yet pertinent information about your chosen artist.
 Add some interesting information about the particular artistic movement your artist was in association.
 Explain your appropriated idea or message of your magazine cover, the content of your magazine and the meaning
of your selected title.
 Describe why your design makes a great visual cover, such as which visual elements and/or principles of design were
utilized in your composition. (see study guide 1 or chapters 4 & 5)
 Also, include with the written analysis at least 2 visual examples of your selected artist’s works of art which
influenced your cover.
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For the written paper – Font size should not be larger than Times New Roman 12, if you are using a different font style.
Margins are standard – 1” top, bottom & sides. Don’t aim to make larger margins and less text. Better to have smaller
margins and more text. Paper should be approximately 2-3 pages.

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