Photo Theme of the Week: Many of you fell behind last week in the photography challenge. Try to get caught up this week by Friday afternoon and post your missing images to Tuckers Resources. This week's challenge is self portrait. For this theme I want a series of three images from each one of you. We'll continue to do some work on the motion pictures from last week as well since senior portraits and the field trip last week cut down our work in that realm.
Senior Portraits: We are getting to the last section of the alphabet and should be finished all seniors by Wednesday. I want to thank Heather Knapp, Jake Brams, Danielle Higgins, Shea O'Neill and all of you who have helped move this section of the yearbook along. Your hard work is much appreciated.
T-shirt Projects: 9th and 10th grade students should be working on finishing their t-shirt projects by the end of this week. 11th & 12th grade students should be planning their artwork for their shirts and creating screens.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Thanks to all of you who attended - I don't say this often enough - but I'm proud to be associated with you as your teacher - everyone was great that day and it makes it more likely we can return to the museum soon. Thanks all. Be sure to complete the forum reflection before this Thursday.
This week will find us in the midst of much activity. Senior portraits are the main yearbook deliverable for us this week. See the post below for tips on capturing good portrait images of our seniors. Make sure we're keeping accurate records on the Google Docs schedule.
Photo Theme of the Week: Motion is the key element we'll be working on this week. Be sure to read both of these articles to get ideas for capturing motion:
Feel free to bring in props (skateboards, umbrellas, etc.) to help you work on these image captures.
Field Trip on Thursday: Be sure to have your permission slip and money for this field trip in by Tuesday's class. We're going to have a picnic lunch at the museum.
AM Project: work on T-shirt project will begin. Remember that you can use clip art that can be found the Art Explosion series on Tucker's Resources.
All Shots: remember the concept of give the face a space to look into
Informal Shot: these look best when subject is angled to left or right and turns face back towards camera.
Formal Shot: Girls: note how flower is to be held - thumb should be behind other fingers - again - angle knees towards left or right and turn back towards camera.
Cap & Gown: Make sure that the hat is really pulled down - body angle should be straight on - you may need to move the camera back to capture full width of mortar (hat) - make sure we're not cropping parts of the hat out - this just doesn't work.
We are scheduled to go on a field trip on October 21, 2010 to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We will be departing at 8:05 AM and plan to return to Pickering by 2:00 PM that day. The cost of the trip is $15 and this includes transportation and admittance to the museum. We will be having a picnic lunch on the museum grounds.
Permission slips will be handed out and if you need a replacement you can download this file here:
This week's theme is reflection. Reflection can mean many things - here is a google search with the terms reflection + photography. Keep up the good creative work you are doing - we are now using Tucker's Resources to post these images - there is a folder marked PhotoThemePix - you should be placing your themed images into this folder. You can see your classmates images in the Student Sample Work page of this site.
Portraits This Week
We need to complete staff portraits this week and begin shooting tests for Senior Portrait shots that we'll be taking live next Monday, October 18, 2010.
Internal Work this Week
Two different designs have been requested. One is for the Pennsylvania Education Technology Expo and Conference. This is one of the largest conferences of its kind on the east coast and attracts over 1000 people every year. They sponsor a student competition for a pin design every year and this year I want one of you to win this competition. There are several cash prizes awarded and this would be an awesome accomplishment for your portfolios. Please be sure to follow the details that you can download on their site.
If you would prefer I also need a new logo designed for our Teacher Academy program. This logo can be multi-color and designed in Photoshop or Illustrator. Be sure to use 300 ppi resolution.
I am requiring every 10th through 12th grade student to submit a design for at least one of these logos. These will be due at end-of-class on Thursday, October 7th.
I really like what you all are doing with the photography challenge! Your images show creativity, great imagination and good photographic composition. Many of you are going outside of the theme and prompting ideas for other themes - meaning that you're helping form what we're doing, which is awesome. There is something missing from this exercise and that is taking it to the next level. We are a small community of artists - we need to learn from one another. That means we need to share and discuss our work.
That is why I wanted you to send me your images so that we can have a weekly conversation about what you're learning and discovering in photography. The only way we can have this discussion is to bring all of our images together so we can see and discuss the work. I'm going to try another way of getting that to happen on Monday during class.
This week's theme is texture. Think fabrics, exteriors of buildings, animal fur or skin, tree bark, etc. - there are many possibilities - be creative. Make sure that your photos are shot before end of class on Friday and submitted.
Fototime Site and Underclass Portraits
Congratulations to everyone who helped shoot photos of our 9th through 11th grade students. I keep getting positive comments from others in the school who see what you're doing with these photos. You can tell that students outside our program are impressed with your work. I'm happy to tell you that the CAT Pickering Fototime web site is now open for business. When I look at the photos on these web pages I'm amazed and proud of what my students can do.
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
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