Final Proposal

hockenson-banquet-gcp-rec-center-art-proposal-2In this course you have created works that explore conceptual art through the themes of the self, idea generation, mapping, place, context and collection. Your final project will be a self-directed project that extends one of your assignments or that goes in a completely new direction. For your proposal you will need to create a cover, project description, a timeline, a materials list, budget and a finished drawing or model. This will be a formal proposal and must be well-written word processed on the computer as well as checked for spelling.


Tell us who you are and the title of proposal. May use an image as well. This cover should be stapled to the entire packet of information.

Project Description

The project proposal should be at least one page typewritten and include:

  • Physical Properties: What will we see?
  • Materials: What will you use to make the work?
  • Context & Special Needs: Where will it be placed? Will you need special equipment? Audience participation? A darkened room?
  • Idea: What do you hope to communicate?
  • Relationship: How does it relate to the course content, and what you want to learn from this piece?


This should give a honest idea of your ‘to do list’ or schedule for the project. What do you need to do to get the project to happen? Make a bulleted list, a chart or a grid to organize the tasks and timing.

Material List & Budget

List all materials and the cost of each. Don’t leave out anything. It is important for you to understand the full cost of making work, and in the future an honest and full list of the costs helps funders know that you have a good handle on the costs of the work ahead.

Drawing or Model

We have ideas and our ideas may seem clear in our heads. But the translation of these ideas into drawings or models can help us work through through issues, clarify complexities and share our ideas.

There are many ways to create drawings to illustrate your ideas. You may draw the work in context, or show working drawings that illustrate sizes or how you intend to build the project. You may use ‘mood-boards’ to help share the materials or colors of the final piece or show the work ‘in action’ with the viewers or participants. You may find that you need to have a three-dimensional ‘sketch’ to share your idea. Whatever you do, remember that craftsmanship and clarity are important as well as it’s overall aesthetic.

Project Timeline:

Assigned November 9

Proposal Due: November 21

Final Project Due and Crit:  November 30

Finals Week: Individual Meetings

Keep in mind:

  • The proposal should communicate your ideas and provide a viewer with a vision of the project.
  • Consider the format and design of the proposal, it is a work of Art.  This includes making decisions about things like Font, color, layout, display, etc.  It should be interesting to look at.
  • The proposal should be as specific as you can make, but know that your project will likely change over the course of discussion and working.
  • The proposal in a exploration of what you desire, what is possible.nancy-blum-harnica-angelica

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