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2D Project: Deep Space

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Keywords: illusion, perspective, art, technology, digital, Photoshop
Subject(s): Photography, Technology, Art, Science
Grades 10 through 12
School: Shoemaker High School, Killeen, TX
Planned By: Cynthia L.Dugat-Kovach
Original Author: Cynthia L.Dugat-Kovach, Killeen
Student Instructions:
Brainstorm about everyday events or places that have meaning for you. List them. Make notes and sketches. Apply perspective techniques to develop the illusion of depth. You may or may not place yourself or other people in your scene. The scene is not to be an exact replica of the event or place, but instead an artistic expression of memory. (Examples of perspective techniques: overlap some objects; place larger, more detailed objects in the foreground; use converging lines within the scene to enhance the illusion of depth, etc.)

Step 1: Jot down every person or object you will need to create your scene. When everything is set up, use a digital camera to take several pictures of your subject from differing angles.

Step 2: Download your digital images into the computer, and select your strongest, most definitive composition. Get opinions from others to help you decide which image to use as your "base."

Step 3: Save the "base" image. Choose a file format compatible with the image-editing program you will use and a resolution to match the printerís output. (In our case use .jpg or .jpeg for Photoshop)

Step 4: Using the tools available in Photoshop, begin to paint, layer, distort, change lighting, and/or add text to your image. Experiment with various tools and controls. Use Wacom Tablet to enhance the work done in Photoshop.

Step 5: Study the final choice carefully, and make changes to your digital image, if necessary. When satisfied, save your work (again in .jpg or .jpeg format) and, depending on the method your teacher asks, hand in as a completed assignment. Suggested methods are: 1.) Email to teacher as an attachment, 2.) Save on a thumb drive and download to teacher's computer, or 3) if using Moodle, upload the file to your teacher.

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This is a great opportunity to work with the math and science departments on Fibonacci's numbers, or the Golden Ratio, which applies to geometry, pure math, and nature. It is also used in many artworks by famous artists.
Links: Link to explanation of the Golden Ratio
Materials: Batteries, Camera Bags, Digital SLR
Other Items: 10 Wacom Bamboo Fun Student Tablet, $99.00 each, total of $990.00
1 mobile digital camera lab, $3648.95 each, total of $3648.95