Digital Collage as an Alternative Visual Art Form

Using Photoshop, a scanner, and a digital camera, along with the traditional tools of collage – glue, scissors, X- Acto, and photographs – discover a rich new world of alternative techniques and image creation through digitally-generated collage. “Digital Collage” is the technique of adding computer tools into traditional cut-and- glue collage creation to encourage chance associations of disparate visual elements and the subsequent transformation of the visual results through the use of electronic media.

Participants will need to bring traditional collage tools and materials that include:

  • Magazines, personal photos and mementos, e
  • Sketchbook and drawing media
  • Elmer’s glue, scissors, craft knife, cutting board, e
  • A digital camera or a cell phone camera
  • Drawing paper, drawing and/or painting medias

Friday Evening

  • Review of collage designs and artworks
  • Introduction of traditional collage techniques

Saturday

  • Traditional collage techniques (continued)
  • Introduction of digital techniques
  • Merging hand-crafted imagery with digital
  • The gestalt: Creating a unified “whole”
  • Studio

Sunday

  • Studio (continued)
  • Getting from the computer to the wall
  • Critique

Learning Goals

  • Explore various methods and strategies for generating textures and collaged images using digital tool
  • Learn to combine, re-size, re-color, manipulate, layer, and re-contextualize various hand-created collage elements using a scanner, a digital camera, and Photoshop.
  • Use learned techniques to create a finished digital collage from personal and found materia

Assessment

Understanding [10%]

  • The Learner Will (TLW) demonstrate an understanding of digital media techniques, processes, tools, and approache
  • TLW discuss challenges of introducing digital media to stude
  • TLW demonstrate appropriate use of digital tools.
  • TLW use digital tools to effectively manipulate and collage
  • TLW discuss various strategies for incorporating skills-based learning of digital medias into the art classro
  • TLW experiment with digital medias to create a variety of visual collaged effec
  • TLW collaborate to develop ideas for implementing digital medias into a studio learning sequence.
  • TLW create complex collaged designs and artworks informed by personal narrative and experience.
  • TLW create a classroom lesson plan for introducing digital-based collage.

Skills [10%]

Techniques [20%]

Application/Synthesis of Concepts [60%]

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Connections to National Visual Arts Standards

  • Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes. Effectively uses a variety of subject matter, tools, media, and techniques to visually communicate ideas in artworks
  • Understands and applies visual elements and/or principles. Recognizes, organizes, and uses the Elements and Principles of Design to expressively create purposeful compositions; conceives, plans, and executes artworks that solve complex visual problems

 

  • Makes connections to specific artists, time periods, and culture Analyzes and evaluates the role of artists and art-making in historical, geographical, and contemporary cultural contexts; describes, interprets, and judges works of art using appropriate vocabulary and concepts

Student Supply List

Participants will need to bring traditional collage tools and materials that include:

  • Magazines, personal photos and mementos, etc.
  • Sketchbook and drawing media
  • Elmer’s glue, scissors, craft knife, cutting board, etc.
  • A digital camera or a cell phone camera
  • Drawing paper, drawing and/or painting medias

 Click here to see the lessons and exemplars created by workshop participants.

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