Give three examples of ways in which paper can be used as a medium. How have contemporary artists differed from traditional artists in their uses of the medium? Refer to specific works to support your statements.
Describe three differences between a sketch and a completed work based on a sketch. Select one specific painting, sculpture, or architectural work for which you can find several preliminary drawings; then comment on the specific similarities and differences between the sketches and the final work. Conclude with your assessment of the process of preliminary drawings as an essential or nonessential part of the process of completing a work.
Discuss the intimate and personal nature of a drawing made for personal expression rather than for exhibition. Contrast the content and form of this type of drawing with those of a drawing executed for communication of information or for persuasion. Finally, comment on the characteristics that you think would make the latter type of drawing successful in achieving its purpose.
Trace the history of papermaking, discussing the technological processes required. Cover its origins and its transmission to other cultures and describe some of the writing and drawing surfaces it replaced. What are paper's advantages over these materials?