SchoolArts Magazine

May-June 2015

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28 SchoolArts videos, Pinterest boards, and other great resources, ultimately enabling students to clearly understand the vocabulary involved in the unit. They learn the methods behind image transfer, creating digital grounds and substrates, and printing on fab- rics, and they learn why and when to choose one approach over another. The Importance of Choice Choice is also a key component of this unit. Students pick the digital paths they will pursue in their portrait by personifying the chosen place through light and mood. The photography and with no conceptual development or experimentation behind them. I teach students that they should not be sat - isfied with a few easy clicks of the mouse; they should push further with their art, digging for deeper mean - ing. This lesson challenges students to go beyond their preconceived notions of what a photo - graph can be. Instruction via Wiki I begin the unit by describing ways students can push the limits of their understanding. I use a Wiki to guide and track students' explorations and research. The Wiki includes links to printmaking techniques they choose combine to enhance their concepts. Final products may end up being prints on pieces of clothing, photos on wood, and more. Creating Digital Substrates There are a variety of ways to do image transfers, but the basic concept used in the Portrait of a Place unit involves putting an image on some- thing that typically can't go through an inkjet printer. By coating the sur- face of the print with gel medium (or other release agents), you can transfer the emulsion of the print to another surface. The surface must be stiff enough to feed into the printer, but thin enough not to get jammed. Digital substrates can be created with layers of gel medium, collaged I teach students that they should not be satisfied with a few easy clicks of the mouse; they should push further with their art, digging for deeper meaning. Miranda Hager.

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