Solarized self-portraits.I am always trying different approaches with students to challenge their creativity and technical skills. In this exercise the theme of identity, the technology of digital photography, and traditional painting techniques were explored to help students understand and control values in their artwork.
Students used a digital camera set on "solarize so·lar·ize
v. so·lar·ized, so·lar·iz·ing, so·lar·iz·es
To affect by exposing to the sun's rays.
To be overexposed. Used of photographic film. " to take close-up portrait shots of each other. We printed black-and-white copies of each photo so students could observe the gradation gradation: see ablaut. of values from lightest and brightest to darkest shades. Students used a fine-tip marker to outline the value changes Oil the black-and white copy. They then traced the outline on an overhead transparency (1) The quality of being able to see through a material. The terms transparency and translucency are often used synonymously; however, transparent would technically mean "seeing through clear glass," while translucent would mean "seeing through frosted glass." See alpha blending. and used a projector to enlarge TO ENLARGE. To extend; as, to enlarge a rule to plead, is to extend the time during which a defendant may plead. To enlarge, means also to set at liberty; as, the prisoner was enlarged on giving bail. the drawing to fit 18 x 24" (46 x 61 cm) paper.
Working with acrylics, students chose their favorite color for the monochromatic monochromatic /mono·chro·mat·ic/ (-kro-mat´ik)
1. existing in or having only one color.
2. pertaining to or affected by monochromatic vision.
3. staining with only one dye at a time. study. They worked from light to dark, first painting the hot spots hot spots
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Some students used more than one color for their composition, starting with one color for the face and changing color for their hair or clothing.
Students apply media, techniques. and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks.
Digital Self-Portraits www.winterscapes.com/digital.htm
Leslie Janssen is an art teacher at Gretna Middle School in Gretna Nebraska.