High school Entry level Graphic design Lesson using Online Virtual Tours, Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator, and Photoshop negatives.
- Find an intriguing composition based on historic examples from virtual tour
- Scan in the image using a color scanner(In my flip chart I dropped in this image from the dome to experiment with my own colors)
- Photoshop magnetic lasso tool to change original image and experiment with color (using paper traditionally).
- Print image on color photo paper or take it a step farther using photoshop negatives
This flip chart lesson offers an introductory insight to Photoshop and/or illustrator software. This could be applicable to an introductory graphic design course, drawing, design, or even ceramic tile course. The final slide of my flip chart explains the various uses and diversity within this lesson.
- Virtual Tours allow students to explore endless sites that they would otherwise be unable to visit due to time and financial restraints. Some websites are better than others for this, but it beats only being able to see two dimensional images of a space. In this lesson, students are asked to specifically look at Medieval architectural structures found in the middle east. For my demonstration, I used mosaics found from the Dome of The Rock in Jerusalem.
- Scanning images on a high resolution colored scanner and pulling them into photoshop is a beginner’s skill that is necessary for independent artists from all media to know. Students learn how to use the magnetic and lasso tools in Photoshop as well as tools to refine edges to be able to seamlessly edit and create effects that mimic that of precious metals and stones. Color theory comes into play in the students’ individual decision making process. Students will hopefully be able to gain confidence in digital photo editing from this lesson and will be inspired to continue to take graphics courses and expand their own art history knowledge.
- Creating Negatives to use alternative photo processing methods is something that requires the acquisition of skill in not only the darkroom, but also in photoshop’s curves and levels as well as tools to inverse color and create negatives. Students use a color ink jet printer with light emulsion covered light sensitive transparency to feed into the printer. This non- traditional “negative” can be heavily photoshopped, but still use the controlled techniques that are lent easily to the darkroom. This is a skill that can be used over or in correlation with many different art styles.