The Seven Deadly Sins

The exercise's topic is just a hint – therefore, one can read it in various ways, drawing more or less loosely on the biblical motif. The wide interpretative scope leaves the artists absolute freedom as to the nature of the imagery, emotions and the tone that can range from seriousness and solemnity to irony, mockery or jocularity.

The final form of the product depends to a large extent on a clear definition of the starting point and on preserving the coherence of one's utterance throughout the process of creation – only on these conditions can one arrive at a multi-layered project stemming from individual thoughts and experiences. The final project must be the result of a thorough analysis of the chosen problem, documented with sketches showing the ideas for the preparation of the project, suggesting the means and lithographic techniques, as well as other techniques – drawing, painting, photographic, etc. – that could help in carrying out the task. The exercise, regardless of the adopted technique or poetics, is a multi-plot narrative. One should prepare the project working on several levels simultaneously, which demands a great discipline and the division of one's work into stages as well as the capability to choose the means to enhance one's artistic expression. It is important to balance the time and effort put into work and the final effect.

Learning about the possibilities of planographic printing (lithography belongs in this category) is not everything the student should do. We want the young graphic artists to perceive the work not only as a print on a sheet of paper but as a multi-dimensional project drawing upon the students' experiences and sensitivity. The final project is defined by independent decisions and the adoption of a particular imagery; it implies not only the production of a print but also placing the print in a context; the work is all about demonstrating the growth of the idea for the very work. The visual side may be further defined with text, although this is not indispensable. The presentation of the project should have a narrative character, tentatively called a book. The pieces should be presented as a carefully structured cycle, a sequence of centerfolds. The choice of material the book will be printed on depends on students, on their perspective (aestheticism – anti-aestheticism) and their chosen means of expression.
Exercises prepared by:
Martyna Wyrzykowska, 2nd year – 2011/12
Ewa Pomorska, 2nd year – 2011/12
Magdalena Zych, 2nd year – 2011/12
Piotr Kołakowski, 2nd year – 2011/12
Kaja Gadomska, 3rd year – 2011/12
Greta Samuel, 3rd year – 2011/12
Sylwia Szablak, 3rd year – 2011/12
Maria Kamińska, 3rd year – 2011/12
Katarzyna Surman, 3rd year – 2011/12
Jacek Ambrożewski, 3rd year – 2011/12