Monday, January 28, 2013

Documentary Film Project

Your next project will be to create a documentary film. In preparation for that you will go to the web site below and watch two documentaries. You will write a response to those documentaries, which will include why you chose it.

You will then develop and create a documentary about a subject with which you have an emotional attachment.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Color help!

Color symbolism is the use of color to represent traditional, cultural, or religious ideas, concepts, or feelings or to evoke physical reactions.

Jump right to one of the colors or color groups that are covered in detail or scroll past the color list for more general discussion of color meanings and how color works.
  1. List of Individual Colors (this page)
  2. Just the Cool Colors
  3. Just the Warm Colors
  4. The Mixed Cool/Warm Colors
  5. Just the Neutral Colors
Choosing colors based on symbolism can apply to everything from clothing to wall paint to home furnishings.
In desktop publishing and design choosing color based on its symbolism applies to print and electronic projects from logos to Web site backgrounds.
Colors are more than a combination of red and blue or yellow and black. They are non-verbal communication. They have meaning that goes beyond ink.

Explore Individual Color Meanings
Blue(plus azure | beryl | cerulean | cobalt | corporate blue | indigo | navy | sapphire)
Green(plus chartreuse)
Pink(plus fuchsia)
Purple(plus lilac | plum | violet)
Red(plus blood red | crimson | scarlet | vermilion)

Please note that while color symbolism applies to colors wherever they are used, this series of articles on color meanings focuses primarily on the use of color in print and Web projects for desktop publishing and graphic design. While some scientific studies are noted, there are no absolutes. Color preferences and meanings are personal and subjective and no one size or situation fits all.
As you design brochures, logos, and Web sites, it is helpful to keep in mind how the eye and the mind perceive certain colors and the symbolism we associate with each one.
Physical and Cultural Reactions
Sometimes colors create a physical reaction (red has been shown to raise blood pressure) and at other times it is a cultural reaction (in the U.S. white is for weddings, in some Eastern cultures, white is the color for mourning and funerals). Colors follow trends as well. Avocado, a shade of green, is synonymous with the 60s and 70s in the minds of some consumers.
In addition to understanding symbolism, it helps with mixing and matching colors to know the relationship of adjacent, harmonizing, contrasting, and complementary colors. The subject is more fully explained in this Color Basics article. But below is a brief synopis*:
  • Adjacent or harmonizing colors appear next to each other on the color wheel. Harmonizing colors often work well together but if too close in value they can appear washed out or not have enough contrast. A harmonizing trio could be something like blue, light blue, and cyan or perhaps red, orange, and yellow.
  • Contrasting colors are separated from each other by other colors — they come from different segments of the color wheel. The further apart, the more the contrast. Red (from the warm half of the color wheel) contrasts with green and blue (from the cool half of the wheel). Shades of purple contrast with shades of green. Contrasting colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel may be described as clashing colors — see the description for complementary. Despite the name, colors that clash are not always a bad combination if used carefully. They provide great contrast and high visibility.
  • Complementary colors are on opposite sides of the color wheel — they are each half of a pair of contrasting colors. For example, blue is a complementary color to yellow. Green is complementary to purple and magenta. A pair of complementary colors printed side by side can sometimes cause visual vibration (clash) making them a less than desirable combination. However, separate them on the page with other colors and they can work together. Note the spelling. These are not complimentarycolors. They don't always flatter (compliment) one another but they do complete (complement) each other.
*It is important to note that this discussion of color is specifically about the selection of colors for use in graphic design projects. It uses examples and definitions that may not be absolutely precise from a scientific color theory perspective. For example, complementary colors in graphic design do not have to be colors that are directly across from each other in the color wheel. Some wiggle roomor variance is acceptable in the subjective selection of colors and color palettes.
On each of the cool, warm, mixed, and neutral pages are links to profiles of specific groups of colors with descriptions of their nature, cultural color meanings, how to use each color in design work, and which colors work best together.
On the next few pages we'll explore the color meanings of four different groups of colors.
  • Cool (calming): Blue, Green, Turquoise, Silver
  • Warm (exciting): Red, Pink, Yellow, Gold, Orange
  • Mixed Cool/Warm: Purple, Lavender, Green, Turquoise
  • Neutral (unifying): Brown, Beige, Ivory, Gray, Black, White
Some examples of what colors may mean:
  • Red: Passion, Love, Anger
  • Orange: Energy, Happiness, Vitality
  • Yellow: Happiness, Hope, Deceit
  • Green: New Beginnings, Abundance, Nature
  • Blue: Calm, Responsible, Sadness
  • Purple: Creativity, Royalty, Wealth
  • Black: Mystery, Elegance, Evil
  • Gray: Moody, Conservative, Formality
  • White: Purity, Cleanliness, Virtue
  • Brown: Nature, Wholesomeness, Dependability
  • Tan or Beige: Conservative, Piety, Dull
  • Cream or Ivory: Calm, Elegant, Purity

Thank you to Jacci Howard Bear for his page on "Color Symbolism, What Different Colors Mean to Us."

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Turn a photo into a drawing tutorial.

Here is a nice short and sweet tutorial to help you make a drawing out of a photographic image.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Next project is to grow an image.

Your next project will be to put at least two different images together to make the final image read as something different than the originals.
Here is an example:

Here is a link to more examples:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Art show-ing off some great student work!

Student Surrealist Art Exhibition

The Board of Trustees and the Staff of the Dali Museum
Cordially invite student artists, families and teachers to the
Pinellas Student Surrealist
Art Exhibition

"Strangely Familiar"

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Awards Reception - 6:30 to 8:30pm
Awards Presentation - 7:00pm
at The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd.
Congratulations goes out to our students for having their artwork selected for the 2013 Student Surreal Art Exhibition! The artwork will be on display at The Dali Museum (1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg) from January 11-February 17, 2013. The awards reception will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at The Dali Museum. Artists included are:
Tanner W.
Katerina A.
Jonathan L.
Savannah B.
Traci P.
Sydney B.
Alice L.
Meggie G.
Rachel A.
Colton P.
Rossi H.

Art by senior Rossi H.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Starting with some great work!

It is only eight days into the new year, and the kids are already finishing some great work. Sure, they've been working on some of it for some time, but it was still done just this year. These kids are amazing!

This student started with pennies and just began to play. The piece fell apart a few times because she was using the wrong glue. She finally got the materials right, and the piece came together nicely.
Go Molly!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Name self-portrait.

You are to use your name as a springboard to create a self-portrait. For example, I am named after two uncles (Mark and Joseph) and my last name comes from my grandfather. So I can composite three images: two of my uncles and one of my grandfather. Or, I can use the definitions of my names:
Mark is derived from the Latin Mars, who is the god of war.
Joseph is Hebrew and means gift given by the hand of god.
Runge is German and comes from either "runga," which was the stick or whip used by the drivers of carts or wagons or "runico" which came from wisdom holders.

So an image could be a warrior given by the hand of god to smack oxen.

Be as creative as you want, as this is the first art piece that you will create on your own.