Due Dates

Final Images and response document Due June 10, 8am
Exercises DUE Wed, June 5th (details on course shell)
Discussion Questions from reading, Due Thurs June 6 (details on course shell)
Critique (sign up on the course shell under Module 3) June 10


Using Painter and/or Photoshop, make 5 images on your own that read as a narrative. The work does not have to be a linear story with a beginning, middle, and end.


1.1 - Further understand and use the tools in Photoshop (PS).
1.2 - Further understand and use the tools in Painter.
1.3 - Understand the idea of narrative in still images.
1.4 - Learn how to tell a story with one or more images.
1.5 - Further understand how to express yourself through imagery.
1.6 - To continue to learn how to present and talk about art.
1.7 - To continue to learn how to critique the art of others.

Reading and Research

View the PBS video on Contemorary Art and Story (55 minutes)
Video LInk
Note that this is narrative art in general, some of it is imagery. It all still relates to making imgaes.

A definition of Narrative Art
Narrative Art

Another take on Narrative Art
Narrative Art 2


First, practice advanced techniques in Painter, PS or both, based on class tutorials and your personal goals for technical improvement. As you work on technique, think about the short readings and the video and how it relates to the broad definition of story that you will embrace for this project.

NOTE: Although there is a slight difference between the strict definition of story and narrative, I will use the words interchangeably for this project.

Make 5 images on your own that are a narrative. The work does not have to be a linear story with a beginning, middle, and end. Think about how color and line can set a mood, then use formal aesthetics and imagery to tell a story. Also notice how one still image can be a story itself. Think about the differences between a story told with a still image and a story told with time based media? Consider this as you interpret narrative in images.

Do not hesitate to call on people from your group project for content and technical help. Hopefully, you made some friends with the last project.

For examples, see the video on Contemporary Art and Story (posted under reading and research)

Artists mentioned in the video:
Kara Walker
Kiki Smith
Do-Ho Suh
Trenton Doyle Hancock

Also see:

Catherine Burris

Chris Clor

Duane Michaels
see 1, 7, 11, 12, 14

Duane Michaels (more)

Edward Hopper
See especially:
Night Hawks
New Your Movie
Office at Night

More Edward Hopper

Francis Bacon, Triptych - August 1972

Winslow Homer, The Gulf Stream, 1899

Sally Mann

More Sally Mann

Cindy Sherman

Joel Peter Witkin

From SIGGRAPH 2003
DIANE FENSTER: From the series: Your Dreams And Omens Revealed, which are anecdotal stories that translate as predictions of the future and interpretations of the past.
QUINTIN GONZALEZ, Ghost Of Time, which is serial-like imagery that reads like a narrative
PATRICK LITCHEY, whose work is a series of stills from a low end time based camera.


Explore the program tools in either or both programs for this project.

Interpret story in images as you see fit, but be able to clearly explain how you did this.

Create 5 images for this project

Avoid purely abstract works. Use this project as an opportunity to explore subject matter you may not have attempted previously.

Submission Requirements

Response to project
Turn in a word document using the submission system on Canvas, due with this project on June 10th.
Pick two artists from the video who use narrative in art like you do, or at least a little like you do. Name the artists and explain how their narrative approach is similar to yours.

Final Images
In your NAMED individual class folder that you created on the the artserver, create a folder called "project3." Put all 5 images in that folder.

All images must be 5MB or smaller, flattened and saved in the JPEG (.jpg) format


You will be graded on your ability to complete the assignment.

You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery.

This project will be graded according to the percentages posted under the "Grades" or "Syllabus" tab in canvas.

Your attendance at the critique is mandatory. If you do not attend, then your project grade is lowered by one.

Please note

Ask any questions about the project by email. deber@bgsu.edu