Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Create > Interest Silhouette Album

Create > Interest Silhouette Album

Complete > everything highlighted in yellow.

The Big Idea:
A silhouette provides just enough to arouse your interest begging you to explore further.  

Essential Questions:
  • Why are silhouette images mysterious and dramatic?
  • How does backlighting create silhouettes?
  • When has your curiosity sparked your interest?

  • Interest sparks your innate curiosity to explore, discover & learn.  
  • When you are interested, you feel open and alive.
  • Interest fills you with sensations of expansion and possibilities fill your mindscape.  
  • Silhouette images have impact because of contrast, simplicity  drama & mystery.  
  • Silhouettes omit details that engage the viewer's imagination to fill the gaps.

  • Understand and apply > media, techniques, and processes with skill
  • Use design > principles and functions
  • Choose and evaluate > subject matter and ideas
  • Reflect upon and assess > the characteristics and merits of both mine and other’s work
  • Make connections > between my art and other aspects of life

Goal: Create 5 quality images that exploit silhouetted shapes and evoke interest.

Access Prior Knowledge:
Instructional Strategy
  • Cues and Questions
Learning Activity
Social Dialogue > Socratic Seminar > Find Your Creative Flow State
  1. Understand >
    “If one has failed to develop curiosity and interest in the early years, it is a good idea to acquire them now, before it is too late to improve the quality of life.
    To do so is fairly easy in principle, but more difficult in practice. Yet it is sure worth trying. The first step is to develop the habit of doing whatever needs to be done with concentrated attention and skill rather than inertia. Even the most routine tasks, like washing dishes, dressing, or mowing the lawn become more rewarding if we approach them with the care it would take to make a work of art.
    There are literally millions of potentially interesting things in the world to see, to do, to learn about. But they don’t become actually interesting until we devote attention to them.”
    ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  2. Watch > Find Your Creative Flow State >  
  3. Comment > In the comment section below respond to the following

  • Name a boring, routine task that you have made interesting and how you did it.
  • Is there anything you do so well or enjoy so much you been in flow with it?
  • What are you going to do today that is interesting, memorable and worthwhile?

Watch > Hacking Your Flow State >

New Information:
Instructional Strategy
  • Cooperative Learning
Learning Activity
Understand > What is Interest?  
Interest is when something new or different draws your attention.  Interest means you’re fascinated.  Interest sparks your innate curiosity to explore and discover.  

Interest circumstances call for effort and attention on your part.   It’s when you see a new path in the woods and want to find out where it leads.  Interest is that fascinating new book that awakens you to new ideas.  Interest is when you uncover a new challenge that allows you to better your skills (in cooking, dancing, photographing, programming)

When you’re interested, you feel open and alive.  When your interested, you feel your horizons expanding and with them your own possibilities.  The intense pull of interest beckons you to explore, to take in new ideas, and to learn more.  When did interest last draw you in?

Instructional Strategy
    • Cooperative Learning
Learning Activity
View > The Interest Album - Shilhouette Images >

Apply Knowledge & Skills:
Instructional Strategy
  • Nonlinguistic Representations
Learning Activity
Create > Interest Silhouette Album

Goal: Create 5 quality images that exploit silhouetted shapes and evoke interest.

Trigger Mechanisms:
  1. This is my passion.  
  2. Caught in the flow of the moment.
  3. Look at the engagement.
  4. Emphasizing shape over detail.
  5. The mood beckons you.

Studio Activity:

Start by watching > 1 second every day by Cesar Kuriyama >

  • Create > an image a day
  • Post > with a label (what day or date) and a brief explanation
In addition, set up and seek out silhouette scenes to shoot, edit and post for each description below - 10 images plus 7 images from the image a day series.  In the caption sections, give a brief description.  
Interests ____ 2 images - staged silhouettes of your hobby (setup your guitar, books, gear).
Events or places ____ 2 images - silhouettes from a place of interest (concert, playground...)
Strong fascinating subjects____ 2 images - a strong recognizable shape being backlit.
Profiles of persons of interest ____ 1 images - emphasize facial features in profile.
Natural  ____ 1 image - emphasize silhouettes found outside because of natural back lighting.
Partial silhouette____ 1 images - allow some details to be seen
Framed silhouette____ 1 images - a figure compositionally framed (in a doorway in a window)
1 Second Every Day ____ 7 images - from Cesar Kuriyama Series

Visual Examples:
Pinterest Silhouette Photography
Student Interest Silhouette images

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect >
Did I achieve the goal?
  • Goal: Create 5 quality images that exploit silhouetted shapes and evoke interest.
Should I go back and rework anything?
  • How did you combine art elements (line, color, shape, texture, value)  to develop art principles? (Unity/variety, balance, emphasis contrast, rhythm, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship)

  • Where are the dominant shapes, forms, colors, or textures that carry expressive significance?
  • Why Is the work ordered and balanced or chaotic and disturbing?
  • What gives the work its uniqueness?
  • Is symbolism used in the work to convey meaning other than what one sees?
  • Does the work evoke any feelings?

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Recognition
Learning Activity
Publish > Share your album to our G+Community > Concepts & Creations category
Display > Add your photos to the Event

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Feedback
Learning Activity
Critique >
  • Give positive feedback > +1 every image that deserves it
  • Give peer feedback > Give 2 peer images a VTS critique >
Self-assess >