Discussion Topic 6: The Medium is the Message

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Marshall McLuhan's quote that "the medium is the message" helps us understand the frontiers and limits of the tools we use. Artistic media are not only extensions of our creativity; they are avenues that help us define changes in scale. For example, the introduction of painting extended what drawing can do by leaps and bounds.

Search for one example of each two-dimensional medium we have covered: 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?

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