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Each individual two-dimensional medium has an extensive range of uses. Taken together their breadth is wide and the visual, textural and emotional effects they give to works of art are extremely varied as you can see in the many examples used throughout this module. Most of us have had some exposure to drawing and painting, maybe even printmaking and collage. They are tools artists use to express themselves, their thoughts and ideas.

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Technical and Aesthetic Issues

View the video of artist Robert Rauschenberg discussing his work, Erased de Kooning Drawing. Write down your thoughts about how it reflects on the technical issues of drawing and the larger aesthetic issues of appropriation and destruction as part of a creative process.

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Assignment 2, Part A: The Medium Is the Message (5%)
Marshall McLuhan’s “the medium is the message,” a phrase he first used in his book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man(1954), helps us understand the frontiers and limits of the tools we use. Artistic mediums are not only extensions of our creativity but avenues that help define changes in scale. For example, the introduction of painting greatly increased the possibilities of the type of artwork that could be created.

Using the Resources links or any link or resource of your choice, find one example of each two-dimensional medium (drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage). Write a short summary of how the nature of each medium dictates the expression of the artist using it. In other words, what makes each medium unique, and how does it limit or expand what the artist is able to do with it?