Gradient Paper Project

Artist: Holton Rower




Artists to research:

Jen Stark
Jen Stark Video
Ara Peterson
Holton Rower, The Hole Gallery
Holton Rower, website
Holton Rower video
Juliana Santacruz Herrera
Franklin Evans
Noriko Ambe , beautiful organic paper cuts
Francesca Pastine
Maud Vantours
David Malek (Painter working in geometric abstraction, good for researching gradients and design)
Cesar Gomez (Digital artist who works with gradients and design)

Oliver Marsden (single hue gradients)
Andy Gilmore (flat gradient shapes creating dynamic compositions)
Gianna Commito (good for design ideas)
Jennifer Omaitz (design ideas)
PIP and POP (creative ideas for design)

Jim Lambie (installation)
1010 (murals, gradients)
Artists that work with neon / fluorescent lighting, Dan Flavin, etc.
Maya Haluk (geometric loose paintings)
Paul Demuro (geometric gradients, painterly application)
String and Text (DIY how to.... take this concept to another level)
Nicolas Grenier (painter and interdisciplinary artist, uses gradients)
Dil Hildebrand (painter, using various)
Gabriel Dawe (String)
Sean Newport (3-D color-gradient-wall piece)
Felipe Pantone (3-D, mural, interdiciplinary)
Felipe Pantone VIDEO
Cruz Diez
Anoka Faruqee
Alicia McCarthy (contemporary painter)
Andy Curlow (painter)


Based on research and sketches develop a design (geometric, organic, or representational) applying color gradients. Gradients of hue, value, and intensity. Transition from one hue, value, or intensity to another hue value or intensity. This project is open for interpretation.. spend time developing your design. Some classes will be required to design an installation (I will describe in class)


-Color Aid Paper
-X-acto Knife
-Rubber Cement
-Illustration Board

Alternative materials for installation methods to the project (as discussed in class):

-transparent plastic cups
-fabric (bought, found, or used)
-Plastic objects, forks, knives, etc.
-Dollar store items
-Found paper
-Found cardboard
-Various colored tape
-Painted paper, or cardboard
-Multiples of found objects possessing different colors.


Part I:

To understand the concept of gradients, organize your color aid paper into gradual shifting hues, values, and intensities. First, break them down into colors: reds, blues, violets, yellows,etc. Then break down those individual colors into warm and cools, for example, warm reds and cool reds, etc. Then break them down into tints and shades (values). In class I will show you how to combine one set of gradients into another to make 30-40 continuous packs of gradients.

Part II
Research the artists above and sketch out possible ideas. Select one and develop that into a sophisticated design based on the concept of gradients. Start to make small models of your design (small portions of the design) to see if the design will work as you planned. This will also help you to see if you can develop the idea further by applying the color. If your models do not go as planned this could be an opportunity for further development (your idea should always be evolving). Opportunities present themselves when obstacles are present. Design and color options will be discussed in class as a whole and individually with the instructor.

Part II B

For classes that are required to install work on the bulletin board or elsewhere (must discuss location with me), begin to explore and experiment with various materials and ideas. First make a research file on pinterest. More to come.


Part III

Execute your idea (always be open to change)


At least 3 gradient changes
-One Hue change
-One Saturation Change
-One value change
Must use more than one Hue (subject to change depending on the idea)






























Below are are select topographic maps. Use a map/design below or search for your own. This map will be your main design source.
Once you have selected your design choose your hues (more than one) then experiment/explore what arrangement will create an unusual and dynamic design