PROJECT ONE PROJECT TWO PROJECT THREE

Project 1 – The Inner Self Portrait (DUE: September 26)

Due Dates: September 26th

Research (Aug. 29) – Entries need to be complete in your sketchbook. I will check these.

Final Image in JPEG format (September 26) – Due in digital form as a jpeg. Image must be placed in the designated server folder (I will instruct you were to put it) by 1:10 p.m. Mandatory critique is to immediately follow during class.

Final Print (October 3) – Due 3 prints at beginning of class in print form as an inkjet print no smaller than
11x14 inches. Critique is to immediately follow to discuss print and resolution quality.

Brief:

Create a self-portrait that demonstrates your ability to creatively express facets of yourself in a compelling visual form.

Objectives:

  • To further develop technical skills in Photoshop.
  • To further develop conceptual skills and ideas.
  • To push students to interpret and express personal interests as a conceptual base in their work.

Methodology:

As an inner self-portrait, you will demonstrate your ability to creatively express facets of yourself in a compelling visual form. This is a modern interpretation of the self-portrait in that you will not include any full body imagery of yourself. Think of this project as a visual poem of your personality or life.
You will create your self-portrait in the form of a photo montage or photo collage. I think of a photo collage as an assemblage of pieces and parts combined in such a manner as they still appear as separate pieces. A photo montage is also an assemblage of pieces and parts combined, but the emphasis is to combine all the elements into a relatively seamless image.

Photo Collage:

  • An artistic composition of materials and objects over a surface.
  • A work, such as a literary piece, composed of both borrowed and original material.
  • An assemblage of diverse elements.

Photo Montage:

  • A single pictorial composition made by juxtaposing or superimposing many pictures or designs.
  • A composite of closely juxtaposed or seamless elements.

Important Notes:

You must use your own imagery for this project, or use royalty-free stock images from the providers covered in class last week.
Consider that you will need to use high quality photos for final print output. If you are unable to find a stock image of what you are looking for, consider painting it using Photoshop brushes.
Do NOT use googled web images! You do not have legal rights to use them for your artworks.

I am giving you a great deal of latitude in interpreting your self-portrait. Technically, I want you to demonstrate an understanding of various techniques learned in the class, as well as using some combinations of your own.

The combining of imagery will be done through Photoshop tools using layers, selections, masking, filters, blending modes, adjustments, etc.

Scanners are available in the Mac Lab and Print Lab upstairs. Some digital still cameras can be checked out at the ARC (Art Resource Center). I encourage you to take risks with this assignment. Use this class as an opportunity to produce imagery unlike any you have created previously. Embrace your creativity and produce work that you are proud of.

Make sure that you create an artwork that is not too literal!
For instance, if you define your personality by playing video games, don’t just throw a bunch of characters together and call it a self-portrait!

Instead, think about how you can depict your fascination with video games in a different way:

  • How does a particular game affect your life?
  • Do you play for 8 hours a week?
  • How do you show that?
  • Do you not clean your room because you are busy playing?
  • How do you express that in a way that is visually interesting?
  • How do you express it in a way that others, including people who aren’t into video games, can find it intriguing and approachable?

This is the challenge for the assignment. Really think deep about the things, beliefs, motives, perceptions, and values that define you.

How do you relate to the world you live in? I am looking for you to think deep for this project.
(DO NOT USE THIS VIDEO GAME EXAMPLE!)

Constraints:

  • Avoid literal translations of things that you simply like. This piece is about the definition of your soul as a human being.
  • This is a photo based project. You can use photographs, scans, and digital painting work within
  • Photoshop.
  • You are not to use full frontal or full face (portrait-type) images of yourself. However, you can use detail images of yourself such as an eye, hand, foot, etc. Consider using detail images of yourself to emphasis conceptual meaning.

Submission Requirements:

  1. Research DUE: Aug 29
    • Select 3 of the artists listed at the bottom of the rubric to research. You can also select other fine artists creating self-portrait work, as long as they are legitimate and established artists.
    • Write a paragraph for each artist describing conceptually what the artist is trying to accomplish visually. How do you relate to these artists? Be thorough in your writings. I will come around the class during lab time on this day to check your sketchbook entries. Do not overlook this part of the project. Researching is the most important part in getting your creative juices moving.
  • Final Image in JPEG format (September 19) – Create a folder called “Project 1” in your individual class folder on the server. Within the “Project 1” folder, create a new folder called “Resources.” All of the images you used for your project should go in the resources folder. The working psd file should be in the Project 1 folder. Save your working psd file as a jpeg, and place it in the “Current Crit
  • Files” folder by 8:15 for the mandatory critique.
  • Final Print (September 26) – Revisions should be made to your project, printed in the Print Lab, and the print should be turned in on this day. Your image should be at least 11x14 at 150 ppi. I would prefer 11x14 at 300 ppi or larger if possible. Your final project grade will be based on this print.

Grading:

  • 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 and craft.

This project will be averaged equally with the other projects, assignments, and your participation grade. The exception to this is the Midterm and Final, which have weights of two and three times, respectively.

Research Notes:

Following are links for your research entries. Feel free to research other self-portrait artists as well.
http://www.pdngallery.com/legends/uelsmann/
http://www.levivanveluw.com/
http://www.kelliconnell.com/
http://www.maggietaylor.com/
http://www.catlinharrison.com/self.htm
http://www.missaniela.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&p=0

Do NOT use below artist’s list for your research; however, follow these links for more photo montage examples.
http://www.worth1000.com/contests/26158/h5h-digital-art-iv-inner-self-portrait
http://www.flickr.com/photos/manusanchez/
http://shuttermade.com/alisonscarpulla
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshaden/with/5143197791/

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Project 2 – Triptych Midterm

Due Dates: October 31st.

DUE – Finals artwork: Monday, October 30 (8.00-10:20am)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triptych

Due Dates:

Oct. 5 – Individually meet with me about your project research and concepts. You must have at least 2 concept ideas to introduce to me, and have drawings or mock ups to show in a sketchbook. Your artist research entries should also be in your sketchbook.

 

Oct. 30 – Your finished Project 2 digital image is due at the beginning of the class session. We will be critiquing these images as a class. Attendance is mandatory for this class session. Your artist statement and title are also due at this time in hard copy form (either typed or written in pen.)

 

Nov. 7 – Due at beginning of class, your project must be revised, printed, and mounted. Each image should be merged and spaced evenly into a single psd document with a border around all images. You will send this final image to print as a tiff file, and then mount it on foamcore board (I will show a demo on this). Each image within the piece should be at least 8x8 inches, but when joined together, should be even larger including the border. Also, make sure you have your working psd file and resource files saved to your personal folder for me to see.

 

Brief:

Create three images that tell a narrative story together, as a triptych. You can use concept examples from the community, world, or transcendence categories from the graph below.

 

Objectives:

- To further develop technical skills in Photoshop.

- To further develop conceptual skills and ideas.

- To push you to interpret and express personal interests as a conceptual base in your work.

 

Methodology:

Concept Ideas:

Community

World

Transcendence

• Self and others

• Responsibility

• Family

• Communication

• Collaboration

• Current events

• Activism

• Ecology/environment

• Globalization

• Consumerism

• Colonialism

• Ritual/Religion

• Mythology

• Magic

• Superstition

• Fetish

• Being/Becoming

(Time and change)

• Eternal/Universal

Create three images (triptych) that tell a narrative story together about one of the concept ideas in the community, world, or transcendence categories.

The narrative story can be of personal belief, observation, or reaction to the many options above. You should be sure to let the images tell the story. I will allow you to use text in creative ways within the artwork, but text use should be scarce and have particular impact in the piece if used. Consider a beginning, middle, and end for your three images, but make sure that all three images make sense together and play a special role of their own within the triptych. Conceptually, I want you to think deep and exercise your brain. Make observations and evaluate your take on these concept ideas.

You can use digital painting, photos, and scans to complete this assignment. However, you cannot complete the whole assignment only using one of the three. You MUST use at least two THROUGHOUT the series of three images. Good combinations together are photos with scans, or digital painting with photos of textures and objects.

I encourage you to take risks with this assignment. Use this class as an opportunity to produce imagery unlike any you have created previously. Embrace your creativity and produce work that you are proud of.

Constraints:

  • Avoid PURELY abstract works, however, I will allow partially abstract artworks.
  • Use at least 2 imaging techniques to create the triptych series: Photos, Scanning, and Digital Painting
  • Avoid the literal if possible. Try to tap into your bank of metaphors and make this project interesting!
  • You must use stock images if you plan to use photos from the web. No Googled images allowed. Try to use as many photos of your own!

Submission Requirements:

Research (Oct 5) – Individually meet with me about your project concept. You must have a least 2 ideas to introduce to me, and have multiple drawings or mock ups to show for each concept idea.  I will be taking a completion grade for your research. You will also research on two artists and write a ONE paragraph reflection about each one explaining inspirations, likes, dislikes, etc., in relation to your concept ideas.

Select the two artists from these lists of contemporary and modern artists:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_contemporary_artists

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_modern_artists

Final Image (Oct 31st) – We will critique your final image during this class session. Your image must be completed and ready for critique. Attendance is mandatory for this session.

"Save As" your working psd document to a jpg. This file should be 300 ppi and at your working size. Name this file "yourbgsuid_P2.jpg" and place it in the red Current Crit Files folder on the server at the beginning of class.

 

Artist Statement and Title (Oct 31st ) – This is due with your final image. Title your piece and write a one paragraph (6 sentences minimum) artist statement explaining your project, what your piece means to you, etc. This must be turned in as a hard copy (either typed and printed, or written in pen). You will read these statements during the critique and turn them in.

 

Final Prints (Nov. 7th ) – Create a folder named "Project 2" in your individual class folder.

Within the "Project 2" folder, create a new folder named "resources." All of the images you used for your project should go in the resources folder. The final working psd file should be placed in the "Project 2" folder, as I will be looking at your layers and such for the project grade.

Final Printed Image Info – Your images should be at least 8x8 at 300 ppi. I would prefer larger if

possible. Also, make sure that you keep the size consistent between all three of your images

because you will be putting them together into a single psd document when they are all finished.

 

You will create a new psd document with all of your images organized cleanly together. You will also add a visually-pleasing border around all three images when they are composited together as a triptych in one single print at least 35 inches by 17 inches. I will give a demo on how to do this before the due date.

 

Grading:

1. You will be graded on your ability to complete the assignment while fulfilling the requirements.

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

3. This mid-term project has the weight of two regular project or assignment grades.

 

Further Notes:

- If your project is turned in late, a penalty of one letter grade will be deducted from your final project grade every class session past the due date

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Project3 – Final : Parody

Due Dates: December 7th.

Methodology:

Depict a parody scene to a popular contemporary TV show or movie. The concept of your project must be about commentary of whatever you feel of an affect to society or yourself, such as moral, indirect or direct psychological effect to people, what is right what is wrong, who decide what is right for us or what the true about it.

This artwork should be engaging, adaptation of south park style into original of your own, and advances the boundary conceptually, aesthetically, and technically. It should be about something that is important to you, and something that you want to say through your artwork to viewers.

I will be expecting you to take risks with this assignment. Use this project as an opportunity to produce imagery unlike any you have created previously. Embrace your creativity and produce work that you are proud of. Being the final project, you are to use what you have learned technically and conceptually in this class thus far, and push it beyond with your creativity. I am looking for highly polished work for this final piece. Think of this project as the climax of your imaging work for this class.

You can use any Imaging technique you have learned in this class, such as digital painting, photo, scanning, texture use, etc. I prefer this piece to be a montage rather than a collage.

Don't limit yourself to making a single artwork. Depending on your concept, I may suggest you to make a diptych or triptych if it makes sense for your particular project.

The final print for this project is a minimum of 17x 22 inches. I would really like to see prints up to around the 20x30 mark if there is a lot of detail in your work. If you end up making a diptych or triptych, I will allow for smaller size printing, but it must be cleared with me beforehand.

It is up to you which to use.

Objectives:

  • To further develop technical skills in Photoshop.
  • To further develop conceptual skills and ideas.
  • To push you to interpret and express personal interests as a conceptual base in your work.

Constraints:

  • Avoid the literal if at all possible; however certain concepts call for literal artworks. Think outside the box using representations and metaphorical use.
  • You must use Stock Images if you plan to use photos from the web. No Googled images allowed.

Submission Requirements:

November 9 (Wed.) – Individually meet with me about your project concept. You must have at least
2 ideas to introduce to me, and have multiple (between 2-3) drawings of each idea to show in a sketchbook. Grades will be taken and factored into your final project grade.

November 20 (Wed.) – In-Class critique of finished images. This is a preliminary critique for your final projects; however, your images must be completed and ready for critique feedback. A rough draft of your artist statement and title are also due. These can be hand written and will be turned in to me.

December 7 (Wed.)

  • Final In-Class critique of finished and polished pieces. Your image must be mounted/wrapped, and turned in this day. We will critique your piece, but also take a look at the digital image on the projector so everyone can see well. Critique discussion will be based on revisions made to the project. A final draft (typed hard copy) of your artist statement and title will be turned in this day.
  • Final Project working psd files and resource images due. Make a new folder in your personal folder on the class server space. Create a Resources folder inside the Project 4 folder.

Prints and DVD (Wed, Dec. 14) – The DVD with all of your projects, and resource images. Contents should be organized on the disc or credit will not be given. Keep projects and assignments in designated folders so I can find everything easily. Write your name on the front with a sharpie and put the disc in a PROTECTIVE CASE. If not all of your contents fit onto one DVD, use two and split the data. YOU WILL BE GETTING A HANDOUT ABOUT

THE DVD BURNING WITH MORE INFO ON MONDAY, Nov. 28.

Grading:
1. You will be graded on your ability to complete the assignment while fulfilling the requirements.
2. You will be graded on concept, formal qualities (composition, color, etc.), and technical mastery and craft.
3. This final project has the weight of three regular project or assignment grades.

Further Notes:
- If your project is turned in late, a penalty of one

Free Stock Photographs

 
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