SchoolArts Magazine

February 2018

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sheets. They also met with me individually to discuss their photo - graphs. We discussed both composi- tion and concept individually and as a class. While reviewing contact sheets, I had all students create a small "dummy" photo book made from regular copy paper so they could begin to lay out their book. I also provided a handout that showed possible page layouts for their pho - tographs along with sizes for the photos. Using these page layouts, students laid out their pages in their dummy books and selected the pho - tos they felt most strongly about based on our review session. They drew rectangles on their pages and included photograph numbers or descriptions showing where photos would appear. Editing Text and Images Once the dummy books were com- pleted, students edited the selected photos using Adobe Photoshop Ele - ments. Next, they sized their photos according to the sizes listed on the page layout handout. After a brief discussion about typography, they chose a font and set their verse in a Word document. Once finished, they printed and trimmed all the photos and text so they could be collaged into their books. Creating Photo Books Using black railroad board, students assembled their blank photo books in a traditional trifold format. I demonstrated various techniques for students to consider to make their books even more unique. The use of inkjet and laser jet compatible translucent vellum paper made it possible to print a photo so it could be used as a layer. Many stu - dents chose to incorporate this effect on their cover or inside their books. I also showed students a photo weave technique where two versions of the same photo can be woven together using slightly different col - ors or saturations. I also encouraged the use of scrapbooking papers, rib - bons, and fabrics, along with paint and colored pencils. With so many choices, I reminded students to settle on a few materials and techniques and to unify their books through the repetition of materials. Many students became so involved in the design process that they made their own trips to the local crafts I wanted m tudents to use their digital photograph along with traditional media to create something ver different. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31 CONTINUED ON PAGE 41. Tess Young.

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