I did some things similiar to Vivian in my digital class. I spoke to a friend in the English depart and asked her if she could find 2 short passages which described (vividly) a place-she provided me with passages about 4-6 paragraphs in length.
One described a train pulling into a station in Sydney, and included references to the various economic strata of the areas the train passed, as well as the topography of the settings. The other described a ghostly walk through a Middle East narrow village street in the evening, complete with views of balconies, coffee shops & minerettes. I asked the students to read each, envision/construct the imagery in their heads, & then to select the one they liked the best and create the scene, using at least 5 layers and including themselves in the composition. This was very successful!
Another assignment asked them to create a self-portrait, (including some relavant text) and select one of the following options: Create the opposite of yourself (the most popular option!), Insert yourself into a historical setting (one of my guys is chatting with James Dean at a drive-in, while they both lounge on my students pride & joy car), or To create a self portrait which reveals some aspect of your soul which is unknown to others. I have been pleased with these results as well! Currently, they are creating a biographic homage to a resident at the nursing home across the street. We went there last Tuesday and they were each paired with a resident, interviewed them and took some shots. They will PhotoShop these together with imagery related to the info they got in the interview and create a layered montage, which will be matted. We will hang these, (along with a biographical statement they will word process), during a our exam period, at the nursing home. After the exhibit, the works will be gifted to the residents and their families.
Hope this helps,
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From: V Moreira Komando
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2004 12:15 PM
Subject: Re: Graphic Design
I'm not sure if these are the types of lessons you are looking for, ....