What does a A* look like?
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Photography Students!

Here is the link for the A* Exemplar materials:

http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCE%20New%20GCE/Edexcel%20GCE%20Art%20exemplars%20-%20PY%20AS%20v1.0.pdf

Take a look at what makes this unit an A*. Next class, we will go through words to describe how to describe a A unit of work.

6 week project- Artist Questions
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Artist Research: Questions and Guidance

If your project entails you working outside of class time, use your time here to research and meet the objectives of Assessment Objective 1: Artist Research

All answers should be uploaded onto your blog.

Questions:

1)Who is your artist and what does s/he study? (Materials used, subjects studied, content explored)
2)How does your artist relate to your work? Do they explore the same subject (portraits?); do you like their use of perspective? Are you attracted to their use of pattern? Why or why not?
3)What areas of your artist’s work is excellent (be specific)? Why do you like them?
4)What areas of your artist’s work don’t you like (be specific)? Why?

When you upload your artist research, be sure to also upload two images by your artist on your blog. This is important!

Spelling and grammar count, so use spell check and read your work aloud!


Gillian Wearing at the Whitechapel Gallery (near Algate!)
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Attention all Photographers!

Below is a link to the facebook page for Gillian Wearing's exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery (Algate East stop). She's a photography/television producer who uses the written word in her photographs and artwork. Click the link in order to find out more: http://www.facebook.com/WhitechapelGallery?sk=app_307989075928450 (yes, it's on Facebook!) Let me know if you upload anything on there-- who knows, your work might be used by Gillian herself.





Portraiture, Photographer Research
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Originally posted by powellr</lj> at Portraiture, Photographer Research
In this example, I will be discussing the work of Gary Winogrand, the artist I'm chosing to study, as well as compare it to a portrait that [info]sheridan96 took. What I will do first is select an artist from the list of options Ms. Powell has given you. After you've found someone that's interesting, find a similar photograph that you have taken in their style.

Hint: It might be best to look at photographers whose style we've been using, like Gary Winogrand or Richard Avedon.

In order to gain full credit, answer the following questions in the form of an paragraph essay:
  1. Who is the photographer and/or artist you chose to look at? What type of work did she/he do (for example, did they look at any particular themes in their work)? Why do you like their work?
  2. Compare this photograph to one that you took. What are the similarities? What are the differences? Please be specific. The more specific you are, the better your analysis will be. Also, use vocabulary (like composition, rule of thirds, etc).


Please see below for my example:

I have chosed to look at the photographer Gary Winogrand. Gary Winogrand is a very famous American street photographer from the 1950s and 1960s. He was known to portray American life candidly-- there was an element of surprise in his work because of this. For example, he often shot photographs of people who didn't realise thier photographs were being taken. This is called shooting "from the hip." He's had many themes across his body of work, including The Animals and Women are Beautiful, which the last one documented life as a woman in New York City.

I like Winogrand's work because of his semi-judgemental photographs of everyday life. The fact that his subjects had no idea that he was taken their photographs allows his photos to document what life was really like for these people, without them pretending to smile or be happy for the camera. By doing this, Winogrand and his viewers can judge these people and their lives.

I would like to compare Winogrand's reflection shot with one that [info]sheridan96 took of me:
   

I chose this picture of myself because of its reflection. I feel that Winogrand's reflection of a boy is quite funny-- it's a continuation of his face. This is different from my image as I'm purposefully staring into the mirror. The emotions are very different-- Winogrand's is jubilent, happy and funny, while mine is serious and almost confronting. Although the subject in Winogrand's image is staring straight at the camera, I am looking at myself in the mirror with, it looks like, some contempt. Aside from the fact that Winogrand's is black and white and my photograph is in colour, the theme of reflections is very strong. Both almost echo the emotion of the subject in the photograph within a very different space: Winogrand's picture is set outside, while my is within a small bathroom at school. I feel space plays a huge role within these photographs and almost sets the emotion for the subject. So, the subject in Winogrand's image is outside in the sun, playing around. I, on the other hand, am trapped within the bathroom at school and look grumpy.

Both pictures use the rule of thirds to divide their image and make the overall composition of the picture very interesting. Also, both use different perspectives in order to portray the emotion the photographer wants: since Winogrand's image is happy and staring at the camera, it makes sense that his camera should be at eye-level. In order to portray me feeling trapped in my photograph, Sheridan angled the camera above my head and cropped my body out to show a confined space.


Portraiture, Photographer Research
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In this example, I will be discussing the work of Gary Winogrand, the artist I'm chosing to study, as well as compare it to a portrait that [info]sheridan96 took. What I will do first is select an artist from the list of options Ms. Powell has given you. After you've found someone that's interesting, find a similar photograph that you have taken in their style.

Hint: It might be best to look at photographers whose style we've been using, like Gary Winogrand or Richard Avedon.

In order to gain full credit, answer the following questions in the form of an paragraph essay:
  1. Who is the photographer and/or artist you chose to look at? What type of work did she/he do (for example, did they look at any particular themes in their work)? Why do you like their work?
  2. Compare this photograph to one that you took. What are the similarities? What are the differences? Please be specific. The more specific you are, the better your analysis will be. Also, use vocabulary (like composition, rule of thirds, etc).


Please see below for my example:

I have chosed to look at the photographer Gary Winogrand. Gary Winogrand is a very famous American street photographer from the 1950s and 1960s. He was known to portray American life candidly-- there was an element of surprise in his work because of this. For example, he often shot photographs of people who didn't realise thier photographs were being taken. This is called shooting "from the hip." He's had many themes across his body of work, including The Animals and Women are Beautiful, which the last one documented life as a woman in New York City.

I like Winogrand's work because of his semi-judgemental photographs of everyday life. The fact that his subjects had no idea that he was taken their photographs allows his photos to document what life was really like for these people, without them pretending to smile or be happy for the camera. By doing this, Winogrand and his viewers can judge these people and their lives.

I would like to compare Winogrand's reflection shot with one that [info]sheridan96 took of me:
   

I chose this picture of myself because of its reflection. I feel that Winogrand's reflection of a boy is quite funny-- it's a continuation of his face. This is different from my image as I'm purposefully staring into the mirror. The emotions are very different-- Winogrand's is jubilent, happy and funny, while mine is serious and almost confronting. Although the subject in Winogrand's image is staring straight at the camera, I am looking at myself in the mirror with, it looks like, some contempt. Aside from the fact that Winogrand's is black and white and my photograph is in colour, the theme of reflections is very strong. Both almost echo the emotion of the subject in the photograph within a very different space: Winogrand's picture is set outside, while my is within a small bathroom at school. I feel space plays a huge role within these photographs and almost sets the emotion for the subject. So, the subject in Winogrand's image is outside in the sun, playing around. I, on the other hand, am trapped within the bathroom at school and look grumpy.

Both pictures use the rule of thirds to divide their image and make the overall composition of the picture very interesting. Also, both use different perspectives in order to portray the emotion the photographer wants: since Winogrand's image is happy and staring at the camera, it makes sense that his camera should be at eye-level. In order to portray me feeling trapped in my photograph, Sheridan angled the camera above my head and cropped my body out to show a confined space.


Celebrating Great Work!
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Hello budding Photographers!

A quick note to say what a wonderful term this has been so far. I wanted to celebrate some great work on here and remind you of your deadline.



Deadline for all work is this Friday! I will be marking all of your work on the flight home and online on your blog.

Poster Study
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Research some poster designs:
Instructions: Create a blog entry that has three poster images about Education. It should be in the same format as your artist entry.

Please answer the following questions:

- What is the aim or purpose of this poster?
- What is the audience this poster is aimed at?
- Is this a successful poster? Why or Why not?
- How does this poster relate to your brief?
 
You should answer these questions for all
three poster designs.

TIP: Use some vocabulary– for example,
found object– to gain extra points!


Instructions to Class
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Deadline: Tomorrow, 23 November Period 5

First Proper Blog Post:

You will blog about how you manipulated your first image. Please include the following:
- The original picture you took with a camera
- Printscreens of how you manipulated your picture
- The final image of your letter.
Answer the following questions when blogging:
1)Why did you choose the object you did for your letter?
2)What steps did you do to manipulate your image?
3)Evaluate your final image:
      1)What went well? What do you think your successes are?
      2)What can you improve to meet the brief?

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