Monday, December 21, 2015

Create > Forced Perspective Photographs

Create > Forced Perspective Photographs




Goal: Create two effective images that exploit the illusion of forced perspective


Studio Activity:
Intentionally change the perspective of the photo by placing a small item close to the camera and a large item further away behind it.  Utilize a deep depth-of-field so make sure that your foreground and background remain in focus.  Work in aperture priority mode if possible.


Trigger Mechanisms: Creativity, Illusion, Depth-of-field


Visual Examples:
Forced Perspective on Pinterest > https://goo.gl/y2z5q6
17 Forced Perspective Examples > http://goo.gl/41S1yX
40 Forced perspective examples > http://goo.gl/xAqM1o

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect > 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 > http://goo.gl/1WWmBY
Self-assess >










Create > Repeating Objects from Multi-Exposures

Create > Repeating Objects from Multi-Exposures


Goal: Create 3 multi-exposure images by combining multiple exposures within one photograph to create the illusion of many identical elements within a composition.    

Studio Activity:
  1. Be inspired by the work of Lera > http://goo.gl/Hlo1PW in which several mystical figures move dramatically within the frame.  

  2. Watch the video by Ultimate PhotoGuide explaining one method of easily combining multiple exposures > https://youtu.be/xVP1GkJvJfU .  

  3. Another method is the Pano-dash shown in this video > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTz4Nhgm_SQ  It also shows how to set up a tripod or a DIY tripod as in this video at 1:55 and shoot multiple shots from the same location having an individual move about.

Trigger Mechanisms: Repetition, Drama, Fantasy

Visual Examples:







Monday, December 14, 2015

Create > Photography Quilts

Create > Photography Quilts (Sew, Embroider or Stitch)


Goal: Create a photo quilt of images that are sewn on or stitched together.

Studio Activity:
-Option 1:  Be inspired by the stitched vintage photography of Maurizio Anzeri >  http://goo.gl/u4b6Q0  Maurizio sews directly into found vintage photographs.  She incorporates brightly embroidered patterns and delicately stitched veils that cross the faces with sharp lines and dramatic glimmering forms.  I suggest that you use your own photographs.

-Option 2:  Be inspired by the works of Lisa Kokin > http://goo.gl/SpIq08  She takes found, unrelated photographs and stitches them together.  Because the images are stitched together a forced relationship between them is created and a whole new narrative can be imagined.     

Trigger Mechanisms: Combine, Manipulate, Link

Visual Examples:

Create > Dynamic Equilibrium

Create > Dynamic Equilibrium

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Goal Concept:
Achieve a psychological state of balance by stabilizing the dynamics between the psychological forces and the visual forms

Access Prior Knowledge:
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“What I intended to express was dynamic movement in equilibrium.” ~ Piet Mondrian

New Information:

Dynamic Equilibrium
Even in a visually active design, a psychological state of balance can be achieved by stabilizing the dynamics between the psychological forces and the visual forms.  Whenever the forms, forces and counter forces of a design are controlled and manipulated to gain a ‘felt balance, a state of dynamic equilibrium is produced.    

Plasticity in art can be expressed through the equilibrium of dynamic movement of form and color.  Piet Mondrian gave meticulous attention to the proportions between vertical and horizontal lines, rectangular shapes, line thickness and color intensity.
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Victor Vasarely, Bridget Riley and other Optical artist controlled visual tensions using repetition, progression, after-image, optical illusion, and ambiguity between figure and ground.  Op art painting generate a strong visual energy as well as a perceptually unstable picture plane of pluses, contractions, swells or flip-flops.

All art forms are compositions in dynamic balance.  The forms and tensions of a good pictorial or structural design are carefully choreographed to achieve a psychological and visual unity.

“I want my painting to quiver in depth and also to have apparent movement within it,”
- Bridget Riley

Artist References:
Piet Mondrian > http://goo.gl/dLO2
Bridget Riley >  http://goo.gl/V4QG
Wassily Kandinsky > http://goo.gl/NKtB0

Apply Knowledge and Skills:
 
Instructional Strategy
  • Nonlinguistic representation
Learning Activity
Create > Afterimage Pattern


Goal:  Create a design pattern to induce the perception of its afterimage.

Studio Activity: Afterimage Pattern
Plan a design that makes use of afterimages.  Work only in black and white.  Repeat and vary a particular shape (ex. dots, squares or triangles).  Allow a generous white background to remain as a screen for the afterimages.

Afterimages are spontaneous and fleeting perceptions; they are seen literally to ‘dance’ within the visual field.  Plan your design to exploit this psychological phenomenon.  

Enrichment Studio Activity: Color Afterimage
A dot of a particular color will produce an afterimage which is complementary in color.  A red dot will produce a light green afterimage.  Plan a design that exploits such chromatic effects.  

Trigger Mechanisms:
Repeat, Animate

Materials:
paper, ruler, compass, scissors, marking pens, templates

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Instructional Strategy
  • Nonlinguistic representation
Learning Activity
Create > Visible Audio Collage

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Goal: Create a visual energy pattern that mimics the repetition of musical sounds.   

Studio Activity: Visible Audio Collage
Be inspired by the work of Wassily Kandinsky > http://goo.gl/xpkP8t.  Create a visual composition inspired by the repetitive beats, notes, tempo and sounds of a musical piece.  Use an allover pattern and visual analogs to represent the sounds and tempo of a musical piece.  Look at these high school examples > https://goo.gl/mNviWQ   

Trigger Mechanisms:
Repeat, superimpose, combine, animate
“The form of an object is a diagram of forces.  We can induce the forces that are acting or have acted upon it; in this strict and particular sense, it is a diagram.” ~ D’arcy Thompson

Materials:
Paper, scissors, gluestick

Visual examples
Kandinski > http://goo.gl/yJncnU
Examples of the influence of music on art > http://goo.gl/g8Cs37
Top 5 Musically Inspired Paintings displayed in NY > http://goo.gl/kirjzo
BrainPickings Kandinsky: The 3 Responsibilities of the Artist > http://goo.gl/QCA0Fz
Painting Music > http://goo.gl/Omycxx
1913 | "Klänge (Sounds)" by Vasily Kandinsky > http://youtu.be/WdPMdGUeYGk
Helen Mirren on Vasily Kandinsky > http://youtu.be/0_YDrJoUe8s

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Kandinsky's Composition 8

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“Let me draw for you a sonnet. With dancing lines that sing confident rhymes, it will weave a rope between us.” ~Kandinsky

Picasso's Three Musicians (1921) (MoMA)

Chagall’s The Triumph of Music

Okeefe’s Music, Pink and Blue

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect > 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 > http://goo.gl/1WWmBY
Self-assess >




Create > Manipulated Portraits Album

Create > Manipulated Portraits Album


Goal: Create 5 quality nontraditional (manipulated) portraits.

Studio Activity:
  1. Start by staging a photo shoot of the following:
  2. shoot 5 portraits in which the face has been distorted because of external forces.
    1. For example tape, cellophane, rubber bands, windtunnel or push your face against the scanner or window or have hands pulling or pushing etc...  
  3. shoot 5 portraits in which the face has been partially or fully covered.
    1. Use mirrors, face paint, makeup, masks or found objects etc...
  4. shoot 5 portraits that are manipulated reconstructions from printed pieces.
    1. print out an image, sand off part of it, paint or marker right on it,
    2. cut it up and rearrange the pieces (do this with more than one image),
    3. scratch the surface, collage other elements etc...
  5. shoot 5 portraits of your choice
  6. Upload all these images into a new Google Photo album.
  7. Share this album with the community.
  8. Use time editing to create 5 quality pieces to submit to the Event.

Trigger Mechanisms: Distort, Manipulate, Dynamic Posture  

Visual Examples: