Final Project: Self-Portrait Project
Students will create a self-portrait portrait using media of the student's choice based on a theme.
This should be in MLA Format. Do this through Google Docs. Select “New”, then the arrow next to Google Docs. A drop down will appear. Select “From a Template”. Select “General” from the above tab. Select “MLA”...it’s at the top right.
This writing should be 1-2 paragraphs typed in length explaining the following:
Example of formatting will be given in class.
- How did your theme come about?
- What are the concepts, issues or ideas you have explored here and how are they linked in your work?
- What experiences have contributed to the making of this work?
- What materials and techniques have you used and why did you choose these?
- Do the materials have an impact on the meaning of the work?
Requirements (What you're graded on)
1. Concept (Your Idea. Is it original? Can you communicate it?)
2. Composition (Rule-of-Thirds. Demonstrating Depth)
3. Craftsmanship (Light/Shadow, Layering)
4. Process (Evidence of Planning)
5. Artist's Statement (See Above)
Block Shading/Posterizing Directions
1. Click and drag your image onto the desktop.
2. Open Photoshop. You may need to open Photoshop from the Launchpad. Open LAUNCHPAD (looks like a rocket) at the bottom. Click and open PHOTOSHOP (PS).
3. Open file in Photoshop by click and dragging image into Photoshop or FILE ->OPEN(select file from Desktop)
4. Crop photo if needed using the Cropping Tool from the toolbar.
5. Get rid of color by changing to Grayscale:IMAGE -> MODE -> GRAYSCALE. Select DISCARD when box pops up.
6. To Block Shade Image:IMAGE ->ADJUSTMENTS ->POSTERIZE.
7. Change your photo’s brightness if your photo is too dark:IMAGE ->ADJUSTMENTS ->BRIGHTNESS/CONTRAST. You can brighten and add contrast from here. Repeat “Block Shade” step when done.
8. Save image: FILE ->SAVE AS. Put your name for Save As, Desktop for Location, and JPEG as Format. Press SAVE.
More boxes will come up. Don’t change anything, just press OK.
Q: Do I have to use my face?
A: This is to be about you and the concept you are trying to communicate. You need to show a part of your physical self, but doesn't need to be from your face.
Q: Do I have to use The Day, The Beast, or Treasure?
A: No, you may use another theme and need to stick to it.
Q: Can I draw a big eye in the middle of the page?
A: Sure, if you'd like a poor grade. It's been done... a lot and doesn't communicate anything other than you can draw an eye.
Q: What size paper should I use.
A: Don't go any smaller than 9" x 12"
Q: Can my paper be turned sideways?
A: Yes, you have orient your paper vertical or horizontal.