Once the students finished researching and drawing a variety of native crops and migratory species of butterflies that live in Wisconsin, we (Gabi and Jenie) got together to collage them together into a final composition.
creating a design that reflected our collaborative effort and unified our styles in one beautiful composition
Our top question: How do you create an image to match your image with your message?
Our goal for our students and curriculum:
to learn how to dissect and image
to learn how to work backwards from a goal, to find the right images to represent your concept
Breaking Visual Problem Solving into Workshops
The “practical” side: Image Composition
1 workshop focused on Image Composition. We studied examples of different techniques artists used to weight or draw the viewers’ focus through the piece. We created our own compositions from still life objects. Each student received two objects to use as reference and had to try and come up with a composition that conveyed an “opposite” sense of what the object was. How do you draw a feather to look heavy? A small bauble to look large? A stable, symmetrical container to look off balance?
Here are some of the results.
The “creative” side: Image to Concept
We did a number of different exercises and games to flex our creative skills, including: