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Hi Cathy Jo,
I will be teaching the same course for the first time this year also.
It will only be my 4th year teaching, but I have seen an absolutely
amazing lesson done in the program before.
The students used a color photograph of themselves, head and shoulders
only....or a close up if they were sitting in with their arms wrapped
around their knees. In other words, it was definitely a portrait. Then
they just ripped and tore hundreds, probably thousands, of colors from
magazine images to match colors in the photo and "recreated" the
photograph, enlarged in a montage. I was to look 3-D and real when
completed. It was not in any way suppose to be an abstraction of the
photo. Some students were so careful in capturing subtle color/value
differences that when you first looked at the montage it looked like a
large photograph itself. People's jaws dropped and eyes popped out when
they went up close and realized it was all torn magazine colors. I
thinks the students payed MORE attention to subtle color/value changes
having to rip paper than they would have if they had to mix colors with
paint. It was a great intro into a painting unit, but took a very long
time to complete.
Hope this helps.
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