Creative Collage – Photoshop

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Mastery of Photoshop selection tools including: Quick Selection Tool, Magic Wand, Healing Brush and Spot Healing Brush, Layers.

Photoshop HELP

Photoshop Layers

Photoshop Effects

Fundamental Tools

Assignment : Digital Collages:

Using Photoshop selection tools and the magic wand tool,

make TWO : 8” x 10”collages using sections and pieces of your own original photographs. The two collages can be in the same style/narrative or they can be completely different aesthetics.

Use at least 3-4 different images in each collage – think about how to compose an interesting design with the images that you have. Remember to assess the formal Principles of Design – Balance, Repetition and Rhythm, Scale and Proportion, Contrast and Directional Forces. Be sure to save two versions – a .psd and a .jpg

I’d like your collages to be 75% images taken by YOU. If you need 1-2 stock images – please use or for high quality, free images.

Think of a way to create a collage with any of the following themes: 1. Memory 2. Documentation 3. Texture (see above links for free texture images) 4. Fantastical Landscape 5. Self Portrait See Maggie Taylor’s work or Jerry Uelsmann’s b/w photo work for inspiration on fantastical digital collages.

Great example of masking

Bird Ladies! 😉

General collage links

Technical help with selection tools and masking:

Requirements: (2) – 8″x10″ .jpgs


Monday, April 5: Due in Google Drive by 8 a.m.

Monday, April 5: 12:30 p.m. Live Meeting – mini crit + introduction to last assignment!

2D collage artists to reference: 

Henri Matisse

Robert Rauschenberghere and Norton exhibit  

David Hockney as some really interesting photo collages

Color + Theory

Hello students!

Hope you are having fun being a virtual Curator! Looking forward to seeing your projects. Below is some additional resources on Color and Color Theory.


Favorite Color Names List

History of Color

“Theory of Colors” published in 1810: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Graphic Design: New Basics

Seurat and Optical Color Mixture


Ben-Day Dots + Roy Lichtenstein

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Primary, Secondary, Tertiary

Color-Wheel-2Complementary vs Analogous

Great resource: Adobe Color CC

Guide to Understanding Color Theory

Enjoy your SPRING BREAK! And see you Monday, March 15 at 12:30 p.m. for intro to our Photoshop project.

Calendar Updates

Hello wonderful artists!

FYI – Calendar for rest of the semester!:

Monday, April 12: Intro to Illustrator – Typography Self Portrait

Monday, April 19: Work day – Illustrator self portrait

Monday, April 26: Live check in – Illustrator project

Monday, May 3: 8 a.m. Typography project due in Google Drive – SAVE as A PDF!

Monday, May 3: Critique and Last class of the semester

Curated Color +



  1. Visually research a contemporary artist on      or Art21. Your selected artist/s MUST be on one of these sites.  or included in the contemporary artist list below.
  2. Curate a Virtual Exhibit of 8-10 images focusing on 2-5 artists working with color as a character. 
  3. To curate your exhibit – research 2-5 artists that you respond to, download and compile 8-10 high quality images, create a title for your exhibit, write an intro paragraph about your “curatorial vision” (this is a short mission of the exhibit)  be sure to site your images with artist name, title, medium and year. 
  4. Create a powerpoint, save to pdf and upload pdf presentation to the Google Drive.

Final Result: 

The goals of this project are to be introduced to a contemporary artist as well as major artists from art history,  learn different color schemes and  address and experiment with color theory.

Historic Examples of Artists who are known for their use of color:

Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe

Contemporary Artists that use Color as a way of Exploring the Figure:

Watch this: Nick Cave‘s “Soundsuits” 

Wangechi Mutu and the Abstract, Magical Figure

Kenhinde Wiley 

Nina Chanel Abney

Mickalene Thomas

Also quite obsessed by @faresmicuephotography seen below

Color Theory Resources:

Types of Color Schemes

Color Matters

Color Theory

Video – Color Theory

Adobe Color

DUE DATE: Uploaded to Google Drive by Monday, March 22, 12:30 p.m.