Class Vacation

Posted 20 Feb 2013 — by katikat
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Get ready for our trip!  Scavange LARGE images of our destination.  Next take a photograph of you with one of your classmates.  Combine this image with the background image in a realistic way.

In the end you will have one vacation picture:

One combining two photos (you and classmate(s) + background)

Finally, save the end result as .jpg files and take it to your favorite photo printing place (CVS, Walgreens, Target, Richmond Camera…).  Have 2 copies of of your image printed as a 4 x 6″ print.  DO NOT PRINT THESE ON AN INKJET OR OTHER “HOME” PRINTER. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN “F” FOR THE PROJECT IF YOU DO THIS

Remember things like:

  • Lighting
  • Vantage point
  • Image fuzziness
  • Color
  • Interaction with background
  • All your sweet camera settings!

Cat gif

Posted 11 Jun 2014 — by katikat
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Posted 21 May 2014 — by katikat
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You can use the scanner as a camera!!!  Crazy?  Maybe…  Please don’t put anything on the scanner that may harm it (scratchy things, wet things, sharp things, charcoal, sticky things, etc, etc.).

Follow the steps below:

  1. As a group, make many awesome scans.  Experiment.  Learn things.
  2. On you own, make several scans composed directly on the scanner.  Choose your best one.
  3. Using any of your selection options (marquee tools, lasso tools or quickmask mode), select your objects.
  4. Arrange your objects into a composition on a new canvas, 8×10″, 300ppi.
  5. Save BOTH compositions as .psd files AND .jpg.  Post the jpg to your blog.

***don’t forget about the Principle of Design: think about line, shape, variety, repetition, color, texture, form, etc.!

The nitty gritty end results:

ONE composition directly from the scanner

ONE composition made from copying and pasting.


You may scan more than 5 items.

You do not have to use all 5 in your final, carefully composed image.

You may alter the original objects in the 2nd composition- use the transform controls, adjustment layers, etc.!


An Example of a Representational Composition:

An Example of a Nonrepresentational Composition:


Posted 20 May 2014 — by katikat
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Laser Cats

Posted 20 May 2014 — by katikat
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Posted 20 May 2014 — by katikat
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1. Create a blog, then email me your URL (

2. Choose theme

3. Create 3 pages:

Art A Day




Final Project

Posted 15 Nov 2013 — by katikat
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Find inspiration in another of your classes!

DO NOT submit the same project for two classes.

Spend 30+ hours and document your progress each hour.  Only 8 of those hours can be spent thinking.  Document any hours you spend thinking.


Q: Can I use another art class for inspiration or does it have to be something else?
A: Of course you can use another art class!

Q: How do I document my time spent?
A: Through screen shots and/or photographs of your work in progress.  Evident visual progress is key here.

Q: I’ve spent 10 hours on this idea and now I hate it.  Can I change my idea?
A: I do not recommend this.  Push through and find creative ways to resolve whatever issues you’re having.  It will make you a better artist.

Q: Can I make an animation?
A: Yes.

Q: Follow up question: Can I make an animation that’s longer than Photoshop will allow?
A: Yes.  You could make several animated gifs and then export them as Quicktime movies.  Take these clips and put them together in iMovie.  Hell, you could just use iMovie; you can import still images into the program.  You might also try this nifty program called Pencil.  It’s a free download.  Finally, if you have Flash, you could use that.  It’s a complicated program, though, and you may not want to tackle learning it in the last week of classes.

Q: I’m stuck.
A: Make a list of 50 things you could do.  Cross of the first 20 and get started on idea #21.

OMG It’s animated!!!

Posted 06 Nov 2013 — by katikat
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Photographic Narrative

Posted 28 Oct 2013 — by katikat
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A photograph is worth 1000 words, right?   Your goal: tell a story in 5 photographic images.  The story should originate from one of the movie posters created in our class.

**** all photographs must be original.  You may use your phone’s camera.

  1. Think about clearly illustrate a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  2. Make a contact sheet (or multiple contacts sheets!) of your unedited photographs.
  3. PRINT the contact sheets BEFORE class
  4. Pick your 5 photographs
  5. Resize them to something between 3 x 5″ and 8 x 10″ at 300 ppi
  6. We’ll print your final photographs on fancy pants paper IN class on Monday.

You may do some Photoshop editing, but you don’t have to.  This includes:

  • color correction
  • cropping
  • filters
  • drawing on top of your image
  • adding some things

The example below does NOT correspond with the assigned number of photographs, but is a great illustration of a story told through multiple images.  Consider looking at more of Duane Michals’ work.

Duane Michals, Chance Meeting

Movie Poster

Posted 15 Oct 2013 — by katikat
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1. Make up a movie.

2. Design a poster for that movie.  Design needs to be 11 x 17″.  Think about the overall theme, mood and feel that you are summarizing and advertising with your design.  How can you visually summerize an entire movie without overcrowding your design? How can you combine both text and image (photographic, drawn, scanned, anything!) effectively?  What kind of information will you include in your text?

***no appropriated imagery allowed***


For an added challenge and some fun for later…. make it a two-color design (excludes white).  Example:


Posted 30 Sep 2013 — by katikat
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