Level: First Year Art & Design/ ESL low-intermediate to intermediate
Language Focus: Art and Design vocabulary + argumentative papers + passive and active voice
Design Focus: Photography techniques, self-portraiture, and Art Movements/Pop Culture
Time: 2 classes of 2 hours 50 min. (2h 25min activities + 25min. break+debrief)
Prep time: 2.5 hours
This lesson introduces students to theories of time perception and emotions using a combination of digital and analog media. The teacher introduces different Art Movements as a mode of inspiration while students explore Theories of Time, and of Emotions (Dr. Paul Ekman) to capture a series of self-portraits in a space of their choice. In their production process, students practice photography techniques and framing, and use Adobe Photoshop to retouch, deconstruction, and reassemble their portrait series into a digital photomontage to apply to an unconventional surface using an analogous image transfer process. In deconstructing the series of self-portraits, students explore the effects of time distortion, e.g. rapid changes against slow motion, linearity versus non-linear experience, etc.—in relation to a measurement of time and composition—in order to create a certain visceral response from an audience, that is, emotions provoked by context, feelings elicited by situations, and the visceral/bodily manifestation of both.
“The general culture of a society, including ideas, music, books, and the mass media, as opposed to high culture.”
Lorena Cosba series of self-portraits.
Courtesy of the artist, http://www.lorenacosba.com
Tyler Naimoli (left), Summer 2016.
Julia Rutzen (right), Fall 2016.
- Takashi Murakami, Tan Tan Bo – In Communication, 2014
- Adam Marxs Mind, wordpress
- Appropriation, MOMA glossary
- Philosophy Now, Pop Culture Overview
- Theory of Emotions and Micro-expressions, Dr. Ekman, Discover Magazine
- “Modernity and Self-identity” Anthony Giddens (Chapter 3: The Trajectory of Self, pages 70-108)
- Grammar Teaching
- “Auto-Focus” Susan Bright, 2010
- “Facing the World: Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei Catalogue” National Gallery Scotland: Portraits & Selfies