Posted on December 6th, 2018

Create a Surrealist Self portrait based on one of your dreams. Use one or more of the Operational Techniques to create your surrealist dream scape. There are links below that will show you the operational techniques and examples of completed work. Be sure to read and follow the project requirements.

Magnification: The “reconstruction” of a subject on a much larger scale than that of the original.

Minification: Something is made to appear smaller than expected.

Multiplication: Repeating images or forms within a composition.

Substitution: Changing the original qualities of objects and surfaces: a “soft” telephone, a “wooden lightbulb”, etc...

Reversals: Reversing color, perspective, functions, relative sizes and so on; reversing the laws of nature.

Fragmentation: Splitting or fragmenting objects or images. The subject may be either partially developed, fragmented, or dismembered. Splitting planes as in cubist art.

Partial Delineation: An object in a half finished state.

Distortion: Changing an object or image by deformation, distortion, or progressive states of degradation. An object is burned, dissolved, stretched, melted, etc.

Disguising: The use of latent or hidden images; obscuring the qualities of an object by wrapping, masking, camouflaging.

Metamorphosis: Something in a progressive states of change.

Soft Focus: Changing focus of all or parts of an image; blurred edges or contour lines. A photographic image blurred by movement or panning.

Transference: The intrusion of an object or element into a space or environment not normally its own; the displacement of an object or elements into a new situation.

Collapsing Volume: Rendering three dimensional objects to seem flat or transparent through the use of contour line, silhouette, transparent planes, etc. (or vice versa: expanding two dimensional forms into three dimensional objects)

Animation: Inanimate subjects can be made to “come to life”; organic or inorganic subjects can be given human qualities. Functions can also be implied through image repetition and progression.

Progressive Image Breakdown: Subjecting an image to treatment that tends to deteriorate, obscure, or progressively break it down to simple shapes and patterns.

Positive-Negative Reversal: Using the photographic negative rather than the print (or both) in a composition: using the female molds or concave shapes to abstract figurative sculpture.

Operational Techniques
Links and Inspiration

At least three thumbnail sketches to think through your ideas. Label your paper with your first and last name and list the operational technique(s) used in each one.
Size 10"x8" or 8"x10" resolution 150
Create a Surrealist self portrait inspired by a dream.
Use your photograph somewhere in the image. Preferably, you should be recognizable. Use at least 1/4 of yourself in your Surrealistic Me portrait.
Use a composite of at least 5 images.
Avoid using cartoons, products or celebrities.
Color correct your images so that they look natural.
Experiment with masking and blending modes, color manipulation, and transparency.

Posted on December 3rd, 2018

Surrealism is a movement in visual art and literature that happened in Europe between World Wars I and II.

Surrealism is a style in which fantastic visual imagery from the subconscious mind is used with no intention of making the artwork logically comprehensible.

Founded by Andre Breton in 1924, it was a primarily European movement which attracted many members of the chaotic Dada movement. It was deeply influenced by the psychoanalytic work of Freud and Jung and in a rejection of the societal norms that lead to WW1.

The Surrealist circle was made up of many of the great artists of the 20th century, including Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Giorgio de Chirico, Man Ray, Joan Miro, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali.

Soft Watch At Moment Of Explosion by Salvador Dali in 1931.

The soft clock exploding is to symbolize the end of time, but alongside the clock the moth also symbolizes the fragile, brief limits of time.

This painting is similar to one of his must famous paintings- The Persistence of Memory
Writing/Drawing Assignment 

1) List 5 facts about the art movement Surrealism.
2) Look at the artists shown in the 2 links below. Who is your favorite artist? List 5 traits that you see in their art.

3) Draw a copy of your favorite painting. List the name of the artist, painting, and the date that it was painted.

Surrealism 2

Extra Credit Opportunity

Find an advertisement in a magazine that uses Surrealism.
Rip it out, write your name and period on it and bring it into class. We will post it on the board.

Posted on November 29th, 2018

You are going to create a concert poster for 2 bands of your choice. Include the venue and date of the concert. Look to the Art of the 1960's/ Art Nouveau period and the Psychedelic music posters of the 1960's for inspiration. warp your text in the way that they did in the posters of the 1960's

1) Learn a little about Art Nouveau by following this link:  
Art Nouveau History

2) Learn a bit about the music poster of the 1960's by following this link:
1960's Music Posters

3) Make an inspiration board that that contains 20 images of posters, photos and anything else that you might want to reference for your poster.  Create it in Photoshop * No copyrighted images or artwork can be used for this. All art must be your own.

4) Follow these links and do one of the tutorials to learn how to warp your text. One is for Photoshop and the other is for Illustrator.
Text Wrap in a Heart Shape

Photoshop Rock Poster
5) Create 2 detailed thumbnail sketches for your poster design. (2 pts) Choose the best idea and design and redraw it larger. A handout will be provided with the correct proportions (5pts) Give it to me to have it scanned. It must include all type and images and they should fit together in the style of the 1960’s Music Posters.

6) Create your poster. You can choose to use either Photoshop or Illustrator exclusively or you can work with both- but all artwork must be your own and not a copy or a rip-off of someone else's. Basing your illustrations off of photographs is acceptable.  Finished size: Size 11” x 17” Resolution if in Photoshop 150 PPI

Text: One or 2 musical artists, Concert Venue, Date and Time

Posted on November 14th, 2018

This project is divided into two parts.

Part One- Create a galaxy filled with planets, a star field, and a nebula. You will do this by hand, using only the tools available in Photoshop.

Part Two- Use your galaxy in a movie poster for an outer space themed movie. You can use the title "The Lost Galaxy" or you can substitute your own title if you wish. Use the principles of Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity in your type layout. Check out some actual movie posters for inspiration at IMP AWARDS

DON'T: Use any outer space pictures. You will learn how to create them on your own.


- include ALL of the usual movie info that is traditionally on movie posters such as the title, slogan, movie stars (at least 3), credits (3 lines), rating, movie company logo, release date

The slogan should help the viewer understand a bit more about the movie.

Size: 11" by 17" PPI (pixels per inch) 150

Use at least 2 tutorials in your poster

Use the type font Steeltongs for your movie credits. It is in the handout folder.
Hubblesite- space photos

Posted on November 8th, 2018

You may have noticed some business cards look great and other business cards look amateurish. Some business cards give the impression of an established business yet others look like fly-by-nighters. What is it that makes some business cards look more professional than others? Is it the colors of the business card? Is it the typeface used on the business card? Is it the layout of the Business Card?

Great designs are not a mystery. By following some simple rules, you can design your business cards with style. The secrets of great business card design are easy to learn.

There are four areas that you can learn to ensure your business cards look professional and convey the image you want for your business. Lets look at these four areas that you can use as tools to evaluate your business cards design. Contrast – Repetition – Alignment – Proximity.

Look at the 2 cards below. Which one looks more professional? Which one uses C.R.A.P. most effectively?

Contrast, Repitition, Alignment, and Proximity

The first thing to keep in mind when designing your business card is contrast. Contrast is a very important visual element on a business card. The simplest contrast is black text on white card. You can be very creative by using colors that have contrasting relationships such as blue and orange or red and green. To find a contrasting color use opposite colors from the color wheel. Typeface can be contrasted as well. You may use a strong bold typeface for your company name contrasted with a lighter type for the rest of the text on your business card.

The next thing to look for is repeating elements throughout your business card. You can repeat colors, shapes, typefaces, textures, sizes, images on your business cards. How many typefaces have you used? Have you kept the sizes similar throughout the card? How many colors are used over the card? Do all the text and images have a consistent look and feel to them?

The next thing to look for is how text and images are aligned on your business card.
Our eyes find aligned text and objects pleasing. This is a very common mistake when designing business cards. Text on your business card may be aligned left or right or centred. As long as it is consistent over your business card. If you are using an image, find an element within it to align your text with on your business card. If you use rules (lines), they should begin and end in alignment with something else, like the text edge or text bottom. If your image hangs outside the alignment, crop it.

The last thing that ensures great business card design is proximity. How close is information related to each other? Items related to each other should be grouped close together. For example you don’t want your name to be a long way from your title as these are related information. Your contact details should be grouped together on your business card. 

Assignment- Part 1
Get 10 examples of good business card design and drag them into Photoshop.
Using the type tool, describe the principles of CRAP that you see in ONE of the business cards. Write at least 2 sentences for each principle. Turn in in to the dropbox. 1 point

Assignment- Part 2
You are going to design the front and back of a business card. The front must include your logo, name and contact information. The back is just design, but it should be unique and it should have visual/ conceptual unity with the front.
Thumbnail Sketches- 3 sketches are due for the front and back. 3 points

Assignment- Part 3
Final Layout in illustrator- 6 points. Be sure to use CRAP!!!!

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