SchoolArts Magazine

February 2018

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Students enjoyed the challenge of combining digital and traditional media. In the end, they had all learned to do something different with their digital media and created unique vehicles to showcase their photographic creativity. Michael Sacco is an art teacher at Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School in Setauket, New York. msacco @ 3villagecsd.k12.ny.us N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K S saccoap.blogspot.com www.3villagecsd.k12.ny.us/artsgeli- nas/new_page_ 2.htm M I D D L E S C H O O L 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 photographs along with sizes for the photos. Using these page lay - outs, students laid out their pages in their dummy books and selected the photos 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 Finding a Source of Inspiration Students' first task was to find a source of poetic or lyrical inspira- tion. Music is very important to most middle-school students, so many chose to find inspiration there, but some also chose poetry. Students listened to various selec - tions from their music collections or researched poems online and decided upon a verse. With their verses chosen, students had two weeks to shoot fifty photographs that expressed their chosen verse. I asked students to demonstrate extreme angles, camera tilts, and compositional techniques, such as leading lines, the rule of thirds, and framing in their photography. Photo Book Layout The day photos were due, I showed students how to create contact sheets. They also met with me indi- vidually to discuss their photographs. We discussed both composition and EXPERIMENTAL Michael Sacco their digital photography along with traditional media and techniques to create something very different. My idea was to have students design photo books that would showcase their photography in a unique way. I also wanted to give them the oppor - tunity to find a theme to explore that they would find meaningful and interesting. I decided to have students look to verses from either poetry or song for inspiration. 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 store to pur - chase their own paper, chains, ribbons, and dried flowers to make their books extra special. I wanted m tudents to use their digital photograph along with traditional media to create something ver different. PHOTO BOOKS 30 FEBRUARY 2018 SchoolArts SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31 CONTINUED ON PAGE 41. Tess Young. Michelle Pacala. S tudents take so many photos due to the ubiquitous use of social media that the amount of images they possess on their devices is staggering. But a few years back, in our media arts digital photography class, I realized that most of them never did anything with them beyond sharing them through social media. Although photo albums can be created online using various web- sites, I wanted my students to use CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 41

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