Thursday, June 11, 2015

Create > Awe Landscape Album

Create > Awe Landscape Album

Complete > everything highlighted in yellow.

The Big Idea:
Evoking Awe with Landscape Images increases your Positivity.

Essential Questions:
  • What is awe?
  • How do I add impact and drama to landscape images?
  • Are we a part of something grander?

  • Awe stops you in your tracks and overwhelms you with greatness.  
  • Awe challenges you to absorb the grandeur of the moment.  
  • Awe compels you to see yourself as belonging with something larger.
  • Landscape Images celebrate our surroundings.  
  • Panoramic and image stitching expand our view.  
  • The elements, sky, weather & time provide drama & mood.    

  • 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 landscape images that evoke awe.

Access Prior Knowledge:
Instructional Strategy
  • Cues and Questions
Learning Activity

Social Dialogue > Socratic Seminar > How Do You Define Yourself >

New Information:
Instructional Strategy
  • Cooperative Learning
Learning Activity
Understand > What is awe?

Like inspiration, awe happens when you come across goodness on a grand scale.  You literally feel overwhelmed by greatness.  Mentally, you’re challenged to absorb the sheer scale of what you've encountered.  

Awe makes you stop in your tracks.  You are momentarily transfixed.  Boundaries melt away and you feel part of something larger than yourself.  

Sometimes we’re awed by nature, stunning sunsets or powerful waves smashing away at the lakefront.  Other times, we’re awed by humanity, as when we go to a pro-sports game or our favorite band.

Awe is positive, but at times, gets unsafe and tinges on negativity.  Awe mixes with fear when we witness a tornado or see a major car crash.  Awe can also bind us emotionally to powerful and charismatic leaders or performers, who often seem larger than life.  

Awe, like gratitude and inspiration, is a self-transcendent emotion.  It compels us to see ourselves as part of something much larger.  

What has transfixed you with awe?

Instructional Strategy
  • Cooperative Learning
Learning Activity
View > Awe Landscape Content Presentation >
Supplemental Information >

Apply Knowledge & Skills:
Instructional Strategy
  • Nonlinguistic Representations
Learning Activity
Create > Awe Landscape Album

Goal: Create 5 quality landscape images that evoke awe.

Trigger Mechanisms:
  1. I was in awe of the grand scale of what was before me
  2. I literally felt overwhelmed
  3. This stopped me in my tracks and had me transfixed
  4. This made me feel connected and part of something much larger
  5. I wanted to stay and absorb the sheer beauty

Studio Activity:
Shoot, edit and post images for each description below - 10 images total. In the caption sections, give a brief description.

Focal Point ____ 1 image - place the focal point off center in a Landscape
Leading Lines____ 1 image - road, traffic lines, train tracks that lead into space
Repetition____ 1 image - find repeating trees, rocks, posts that lead or make patterns
Contrast____ 1 image - capture visual differences smooth/rough, light/dark, clear/blurry...
Depth of Field & Horizon Lines
____ 1 image - max depth a field - all in focus (landscape mode or large aperture #)
____ 1 image - foreground objects in focus, background blurred, horizon line on top-third line
Dramatic Sky & Horizon Lines
____ 1 image - overcast, stormy and ominous sky - horizon line on bottom-third line
____ 1 image - golden hours - morning (dawn) or evening (dusk)
____ 1 image - dramatic clouds or dramatic land - no horizon line visible

Panorama & Image Stitching
____ 1 image - a series of photos digitally stitched together
(There are free apps or new phones that do this automatically)

Visual Examples:

Pinterest Landscape Photography Boards >  
Westosha Students >

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect >
Did I achieve the goal?
  • Goal: Create 5 quality landscape images that evoke awe.
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 >