Monday, March 21, 2016

Create > Spring Break Photo Essay

Create > Spring Break Photo Essay

Everyone likes to take pictures while on vacation. Whether you will be traveling outside of Wisconsin or staying in the area, take this as a great opportunity to have some fun taking pictures.
Emphasize your abilities and follow the rules of composition to make beautiful, dynamic photographs instead snapshots.  

Watch > 9 Photo Composition Tips >    
Because snaps of your friends at the beach, the classic 'lean in' in front of a sunset or your brother next to a palm tree/building/landmark does not constitute a “sense of place” for any of these challenges.

Before you start review the following links.  These websites have great architectural photo examples and further explain what you should be looking for.

Choose > One of the following Essay Challenges

Create > Build it and they will come - Architecture Photography
If you are not leaving the region for somewhere warm, consider taking a trip downtown Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine or Chicago.  We are fortunate to be so close to many major metropolitan areas. If your travels take you to another city please take time to explore and capture the architecture unique to that particular area.  
  1. Prepare at least eight photos including
  2. Two photos of an architectural element (column, turret, steeple, roof…).
  3. Two close-up photos of a significant detail.
  4. Two photos from a low vantage point of view.  
  5. Two photos emphasizing windows, entryways (doors) or landscape elements (fountains, sculptures, bridges…).  
  6. With each shot jot down location (state and city/town) and the name of the building if there is one and a brief personal description or observation.

Create > Wherever you go, there you are – Location, Location, Location
Take an opportunity over spring break to offer a “sense of place” through a photo story. Prepare at least eight photos, including:
  1. One long or panoramic photo to establish the scene.
  2. Two photos of a significant detail.
  3. Two informal portraits (candid tableau) of a person doing something.
  4. One photo you think helps tell the story, emphasizing groups of people.
  5. Two photos of local architecture.
  6. Include a paragraph or two describing the place in journalism style.

Create > Look what I did over break – Spring Break Photo Essay
Instead of just writing a "What I Did On Spring Break" essay or term paper, illustrate it with pictures. Create a "Spring Break / Family Holiday Memories" photo essay presentation. Prepare at least eight photos, including:
  1. A series of linked photographs of your spring break experience.
  2. Take pictures that capture the emotion, family togetherness and activities.  
  3. Take pictures that capture the sights, sounds and smells of your destination.
  4. Include captions or a write up describing your experience.

Create > Scavenger Hunt Photo Series - “Hey check that out!”
If you are not leaving the region for somewhere warm, consider taking a trip downtown Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine or Chicago.  We are fortunate to be so close to many major metropolitan areas. If your travels take you to another city please take time to explore and capture the architecture unique to that particular area.  
  1. Capture an image of the 'city sign' of your spring break destination.
  2. Capture a selfie in your shades or flips or vacation shirt.
  3. Create an on-the-spot art piece (w/ seashells, chalk, stones, etc.) and photograph it.
  4. Capture a street vendor or performer.
  5. Make a digital collage of at least 4 interesting doors or windows.
  6. Capture a silhouette image at your destination.
  7. Capture a candid shot of your friends or family showing genuine joy.
  8. Capture a signature landmark from an interesting point of view.
  9. Capture a close up of your meal at a local establishment.
  10. Capture locals doing what they do.

Publish > your photos:  

Check out> Garry Winogrand on Street Photography >

Create > Extreme Angles Album

Create > Extreme Angles Album

Goal: Make 10 images of everyday things and people from unusual vantage points.

Studio Activity:
Emphasize extreme vantage points by getting into extreme locations and positions.  Get on the ground and take a shot from a worm’s eye view.  Get up on a ladder or balcony and shoot down from a bird’s eye view.  Understand that shooting subject matter from extreme angles produces distorted forms and foreshortened perspectives.  Look at the visual examples and notice the foreshortening (a large head (because it's closer) and smaller legs diminishing away) or just the opposite when the photograph is taken below (large feet with the body diminishing away).
Watch > Capturing Photos from Different Perspectives > 

Trigger Mechanisms:  Point of View, Extreme, Exaggeration

Visual Examples:
Alexander Rodchenko > on Pinterest >
Google Extreme Angle Photography >
Pinterest Extreme Angle Photography > and
Westosha Art Examples >


Monday, March 14, 2016

Create > Themed Concentration Series

Create >  Themed Concentration Series

Goal:  Create a series of related works showing an investigation of a visual concern.

Studio Activity:

A concentration series is a body of related works that demonstrate sustained and thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea.  (12 images)

Use the prompts below to write a concise description of your concentration idea.
  1. Clearly and simply state the central idea of your concentration (500 character maximum)
  2. Explain how the work in your concentration demonstrates your intent and the sustained investigation of your idea.  you may refer to specific images as examples (1350 character maximum)  

Trigger Mechanisms: Investigation, Discovery, Growth

Visual Examples:

Concentration Statement:
The central idea of my concentration is the disembodied intellectuality of Alice in Wonderland.  As Alice matures, she begins to view her environment in irrational and distorted ways.  Her descent into Wonderland is a wakening into the insane society of adulthood.    

Create > Vortograph Images

Create > Vortograph Images

Goal: Using mirrors and reflections create 5 quality abstract vortographs

Studio Activity:
A vortograph is the first completely abstract kind of photograph.  It is composed of kaleidoscopic repetitions of forms achieved by photographing objects through a triangular arrangement of three mirrors.  Alvin Landon Coburn pioneered the non objective photographic style in 1917.  The fractured planes and complex space characteristic of vortograph reflect Coburn’s interest in Cubism.  To get the effect put three mirrors together in triangle from and shoot through them.  Other options include:
For free...
Go to a picture framing shop, and see if you can talk them into taking some scrap glass and cutting you three 1x6 inch pieces. Tape them together into a triangular prism, hold it in front of your lens and shoot through one of the open ends.
For around $10...
Go to a local stained glass shop (or order online) and get a kaleidoscope kit. Assemble the mirrors into a triangular prism, and shoot through one open end.
For around $30...
Order three 1x6 inch first surface mirrors from the "scientificities" division of Edmund Optics. Assemble the mirrors into a triangle and shoot through it.

Trigger Mechanisms: Distort, Reflection, Experimentation

Visual Examples:
Alvin Landon Coburn (Eastman House) >

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect >
Did I achieve the goal?
  • Goal: Using mirrors and reflections create 5 quality abstract vortographs
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 significance?
  • Why Is the work ordered and balanced or chaotic and disturbing?
  • What gives the work its uniqueness?
  • How 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 >
  • Display > Add your photos to the shared album
Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Feedback
Learning Activity
Critique >
  • Comment > positive feedback on every image that deserves it.
  • Comment > peer feedback using Visual Thinking Strategies
    • Choose > one image in the shared album
    • Comment > copy, paste and answer the following
      • What’s going on here?
      • What do you see that makes you say that?
      • What more can you find?
Self-assess >