BFA Art School Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 8


Create an artwork that uses both text and images.

pick a subject

Any 2D art media.


Do brainstorming exercises to work out your ideas. Draw at least 6 thumbnail sketches to plan out the composition. Once you have chosen a composition, develop that thumbnail further to determine the color scheme.

Artists for inspiration

Saul Bass, Drew Struzan, Jessica Walsh, Barbara Kruger, Xu Bing, Works Progress Administration Posters

Movie Poster Design

Art Prof Clara Lieu discusses movie posters by the graphic designer Saul Bass. Saul Bass was a pioneer in title sequences for films, movie posters, and designed many iconic logos for major corporations. Explained in this video are the way Saul Bass integrated and balanced color, shape, text, and more in his graphic compositions.

How to Avoid Art Clichés

This video explains what is an art cliché, and how to avoid creating artworks that will be perceived as being cliché. This discussion breaks down how to get past the cliché in order to create artworks that are more thought provoking and unique in their approach. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Alex Rowe.

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