Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Create > Serenity Reflection Album

Create > Serenity Reflection Album

Complete > everything highlighted in yellow.

The Big Idea:
Awareness of the reflective dimension adds impact and mindfulness to the moment.

Essential Questions:
  • How do you capture multiple dimensions in one image?
  • How does surface qualities contribute to the success of your images?
  • How does mindful awareness contribute to serenity?

  • Serenity makes you want to sit back and soak it in.  
  • Serenity is a mindful state of savoring the moment and seek ways to feel it more often.
  • Reflections are the consequences of the reflective qualities of a surfaces.
  • Reflection images are explorations of a simultaneous dimension.

  • 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 utilize reflective surfaces and evoke serenity.

Access Prior Knowledge:
Instructional Strategy
  • Cues and Questions
Learning Activity
Social Dialogue > Socratic Seminar > All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes
  1. Reflect > When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.
  2. Watch > All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes by Andy Puddicombe >
  3. Comment > In the comment section below respond to the following
  • What was the highlight (or main point or your biggest takeaway) of the video?  
  • What new understanding from the video would you share with your friends?

Watch > Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode with Meditation >

New Information:
Instructional Strategy
  • Cooperative Learning
Learning Activity
View > The Serenity Album - Reflection Images >

Apply Knowledge & Skills:
Instructional Strategy
  • Increase Skills
Learning Activity
Meditate > Guided Meditation >

Instructional Strategy
  • Nonlinguistic Representations
Learning Activity
Create > Serenity Reflection Album

Goal: Create 5 quality images that utilize reflective surfaces and evoke serenity.

Trigger Mechanisms:
  1. This is the most relaxing place.  
  2. Just feel the calm.
  3. The reflections add depth.
  4. The reflections create an abstract pattern.

Studio Activity:
Go out and seek reflective surfaces and shoot, edit and post an image for each description below - 10 images total.  In the caption section give a brief description.

  • Water Reflections ____ 2 images - showing calm mirror like reflections.
  • Puddle Reflections ____ 2 images - like a small window into a parallel universe.
  • Glass Reflections ____ 2 images - double exposure type images with great depth.
  • Shinny Surface Reflections____ 2 images - create a mood based on the reflection.
  • Abstract Reflections ____ 2 images - 2 of any of the above.

Visual Examples:

Pinterest Reflection images 
> and and
Student Serenity Reflection images > 

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect >
Did I achieve the goal?
  • Goal: Create 5 quality images that utilize reflective surfaces and evoke serenity.
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 Joy Close Up Texture 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 >