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
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.
Curate a Virtual Exhibit of 8-10 images focusing on 2-5 artists working with color as a character.
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.
Create a powerpoint, save to pdf and upload pdf presentation to the Google Drive.
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:
Word play assignment: On separate pieces of paper, explore the Visual Elements through typography.
Choose one a descriptive word for each Visual Element. (5 TOTAL)
Each student choosing their own descriptive word for each individual visual element prevents all of you from creating a similar drawing of “line.” So choose a descriptive word for “line” instead – curvy, straight, ragged, jagged, etc. This gets you to brainstorm synonyms and also means we can potentially have each one of you choose a different word.
Create a small (6″ x 6″ – 8x 10″) experiment illustrating your concept through colored pencils, pen, pastels, paint.
Line: curvy, straight, ragged, jagged,
Shapes: round, flat, organic, bulbous, slick,
Color: bright, bold, clean, pastel, or you could go with super descriptive color words like burgundy, maroon, jade, cerulean. I just read the fantastic book The Secret Lives of Color and was really impressed with the amount of color words that we regularly forget.
PROJECT DUE uploaded to Google Drive, Feb. 28. by 8 p.m.
NEW Participation Requirement is VIRTUAL CRITIQUE : Monday, March 1 Make 1 positive comment and 1 constructive feedback comment on each student work on Critique Hub before we meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday March 1.
Hope your artist book is coming along nicely! Don’t forget to do an email check in with me. Just a reminder that you are working at home this week – images (.jpg or .png) of your project are due uploaded to our Google Drive by Sunday Feb. 7, 8 p.m. We will meet on Blackboard Collaborate at 12:30 pm . on Monday, Feb. 8 for a “live critique” via our Critique Hub.
Images: Total: 3-5 + one short video
One overall of the book – if you made an accordion book, you can photograph it in such a way that we can see the entire book. If you did more of a pamphlet or stab stitch, or anything else, one image of the front/spine of the book is just fine.
(2-4) close-up images of your favorite pages
1 short (under 1 min) video of your book showcasing how it looks as you turn the pages.
Click on these examples of a short video showcasing an artist book – a video gives us extra information and really highlights the physicality of the book, the object. This can be done simply on your phone- no need for editing, sound, etc – unless you feel into that!
During the live critique I will ask you to show your book and turn the pages so we can see the physicality of the book as an object. You should talk about your concept, the materials you used and how you personally interpreted the project.
Don’t forget I also put a few former student video examples of the project in our class Google Drive.
Can’t wait to see what you produced for this first project!
This week you are working from home on your artist book that showcases the Principles of Design. I hope you are off to a good start, have spent the week gathering your design concept and materials and are ready to start creating! Remember, any and all materials are acceptable – get messy! (Here is a fun mixed media piece I created with the same title)
I also did a separate post on being able to see the Principles of Design in Graphic Design.
Need some inspiration? Go back to the original post, check out Pinterest – or see additional inspiration here: