Didatic 1: Glossument Propinquity

The third spread in the book provides an illustration inspired by Monet Claude to describe the word propinquity (being close to something in time or distance). The materials used was black masking tape, inking pens, printer paper, paper clips, and post-its. The artist intended the concept to be a leap towards freedom through flight.

Class Notes: Project #4 drafting


  • Project #3 is due on 11/26/18 by the start of class
  • We will work on the Glossument in class so be sure to have your book
  • We will work on drafting parts of Project #4, so be sure to have more materials developed in your Glossument as the foundation for your work on Project #4

Writing didactics/labels/wall text for our Glossument projects:

  • Write about the page/spread
  • refer to the artist in 3rd person if at all
  • the genre of this writing is not a reflection piece
  • about a paragraph or two
  • aim for 50 words
  • audience: visitors/viewers
    • some are knowledgeable
    • some are invested
    • some want to learn but don’t know much
  • jargon vs instructive language? aim to reach a wide audience
  • name each piece so it’s easier to refer to it. Could be the word you’re representing, or that word in a phrase, or something else
  • write about:
    • choices you made
    • your method
    • what materials and why
    • what effect you aimed for
    • how you see it represent the word you’re depicting
    • How this page/spread represents your theme, or, How this page/spread fits within your overall Glossument book
  • some resources:
    • https://mgnsw.org.au/sector/resources/online-resources/exhibition/exhibition-labelling/
    • http://eric-leyland.blogspot.com/2011/09/guidelines-for-good-interpretive-text.html
    • https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2015/aug/04/writing-gallery-texts-panels-common-mistakes-interpretation
    • https://evmuseography.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/5-basis-for-museums-didactics/
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_label
  • Add your first didactic panel as a post, including a photograph of the page you’re writing about; Comment on at least one classmate’s post by Wednesday Friday, 11/30
    • Use the category ENG 1101 Project #4
    • Use any tags you think are appropriate

Class notes: reflecting on and writing about A Glossument


  • shading
  • cutting
  • blackout poetry
  • illustration
  • white-out
  • use 2 pages
  • in process
  • repetitive vs variety
  • character design
  • use more descriptive words
  • use the project to represent your own interests in art/design/writing
  • painting
  • gluing different words on different pages
  • collage
  • gluing pages together
  • window
  • wouldn’t it be cool to cut out so much of the book that you make a space for something or the word itself

How much does the text matter vs. the visual?

  • poetry?
  • dictionary entry?
  • something else?
  • helps the illustration match with the glossary entry word
  • let’s workshop the poetry/text aspect
  • tell a story
  • represent the defined word in a creative way, playful, engaging
  • also while still being accurate, informative

Theme, technique, argument:

  • uniformity on the page
  • random choices vs. planned choiced
  • display of range
  • find a path in chaos if you choose chaos

What would you want to know more about?

  • know more about word origins, etymology
  • how different colors affect mood: color theory, psychology of color
  • impact of learning new words
  • Tom Phillips, A Humument
  • Altered books
  • other artists and techniques: look at the compiled references
  • poetic/writing techniques such as collage poetry, concrete poetry

search terms

  • words that you put into the search bar
  • Google, Wikipedia