Digital Triptych

Watch the first minute of this tutorial on creating triptychs. Then, watch minutes 7-9.


What is a triptych?  What did she do to the background to make the 3 images look better as a set?
What are leading lines?How did she arrange the pictures to make them look better together? How are the leading lines different in the bottom image than in the top image?
How do you decide what order to arrange your photos?

Apply: Create your own triptychs using Pixlr Express, collage.
Look through the photographs you have taken and choose 3 images that relate to one another visually or conceptually. Edit the background and colors to make the images visually connect.  Then manipulate the images to create lead lines from one to another.

Publish your answers and the images on your blog.






A Photo Contest

N.C. Forest Service accepting entries
for 2014 Arbor Day Photo Contest

Deadline to get work to Ms. Padgett is Feb. 1st.
Other info is Copy/Pasted below:

RALEIGH — The N.C. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is accepting entries for its 2014 Arbor Day Photo Contest.

The contest is open to North Carolina students in fifth through 12th grades, including public, private and home schools.

The theme is “Young and Old.” “The theme reflects not just the beauty of North Carolina’s trees and forests, but also the values and benefits that many generations have enjoyed,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

The competition will be divided into fifth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades. A panel of judges will select a winner from each division and one grand prize winner. Honorable mentions may also be awarded.

Winners of each division will receive $50 and a tree to plant on their school grounds. The grand prize winner will receive $150, a tree to plant at school and a framed reproduction of the winning photo.

To enter, participants should download and complete an entry form, and include a caption and photographer’s statement. One photo per photographer may be entered.

Entry forms and a list of submission requirements can be found under the  Urban and Community Forestry link on the N.C. Forest Service website at ]

Entries will be judged on how well the photo and caption express the contest theme; overall aesthetics of the photo; evidence that the student researched the benefits and importance of trees in communities as related to the contest theme; how well the photographer’s statement addresses the contest theme; spelling and grammar. All decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be selected and notified by March 14. Prizes will be awarded at the N.C. Arbor Day celebration on March 22 in Raleigh.

MugTug Sketchpad Assignment

Click on the link: MugTug Sketchpad

1. Create 3 different works of art using the MugTug Sketchpad.  Your finished work should be visually appealing or interesting.  It should utilize the elements and principles of design.

2. Be sure to try out the many different pattern options on MugTug Sketchpad. Notice the control options at the top.  Explore the drop down menus, shape and brush adjustment menus.

You can “paint butterflies” and “draw with” 100s of different patterns. Save the works you create and post them to your blog before you leave.

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Creativity Challenge–Colored Shape

1. Rt. Click and Save Image to your network space. 2. Open the image in Photoshop or Pixlr.
3. Use the paintbrush and various colors to add to the image. What you add should create a scene. Your scene MUST integrate the per-existing colored shape in some unique way. You might create a sunset or a wizard casting a magic spell. You must completely fill the canvas, but be careful–don’t lose the colored shape!
Points awarded for best craftsmanship and most interesting/unusual/unique use of the shape!

creativity challenge 2 shape and color


Not Exactly Mona Critique Prompt

Select 1 of the images provided.  Copy text below into your own blog.  Under each heading (Describe, Analyze, Interpret, Judge) respond to the statements and erase the “directions” text.   Post the image you choose and your 4 part Critique to your own blog.

This stage is like taking inventory. You want to come up with a list of everything you see in the
work. Stick to the facts. Imagine that you are describing the artwork to someone over the
telephone. Express what you see in detail.

Try to figure out what the artist has done to achieve certain effects. Consider different elements
and principles used by the artist and why the artist might have chosen to incorporate these
• Questions to consider:
o Use the vocabulary you learned in class. For example, if you’re looking at mostly
red, yellow and blue refer to the colors as primary colors.
o How are the elements of art (color, shape, line, texture, space, form, value) and
the principles of design (balance, harmony, emphasis, movement/rhythm, unity,
variety) used in this artwork?
o What do you notice about the artist’s choice of materials?
o What grabs your attention in the work, why?
o Do you see any relationship to the things you listed during the description stage?

Try to figure out what the artwork is about. Your own perspectives, associations and experiences
meet with “the evidence” found in the work of art. All art works are about something. Some art
works are about color, their subject matter, and social or cultural issues. Some art works are very
accessible — that is, relatively easy for the viewer to understand what the artist was doing.
Other works are highly intellectual, and might not be as easy for us to readily know what the
artist was thinking about.
• Questions to consider:
o What is the theme or subject of the work? (What from the artwork gives you
that impression?)
o What mood or emotions does the artwork communicate?
o What is the work about; what do you think it means or what does it mean to
you? (What from the artwork gives you that impression?)
o Why do you think that artist created this work?

This is a culminating and reflecting activity. You need to come to some conclusions about the
artwork based on all the information you have gathered from your description, analysis, and
• Questions to consider:
o What are your thoughts on the artwork based on the three steps above and why?
o Why do you like or dislike the artwork (explain).
o What have you seen or learned from this work that you might apply to your own
artwork or your own thinking?

Children’s Stories from Other Cultures

Learning Targets:
I can better understand other cultures by reading their children’s literature.

Possible Projects:  Animation, Illustration
I can apply animation techniques to create a cartoon or photo animation based on a story from another culture.
I can make connections between literature and visual imagery.

You can find Children’s Stories from other cultures at the following Links:

*Published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan: Japanese Children’s Stories

* of the tales on the World of Tales website came from Project Gutenberg, but are a little more easily navigated on World of Tales–less clicks to start reading 🙂

Here is a sample story board to help you plan:

storyboard 1 storyboard9


Here is an example of a character design template to help plan:

character design template


Practice Questions for Photography Exam

practice questions for photography exam

Photo Mid-term study tips

Can you see a picture of a tool and identify it by name? Can you explain in your own words what it does?
Do you know how to add and subtract from selections?
Where is the options bar? Tool bar? Active workspace? Layers palette?
How to I make a layer visible?
Can you recognize the elements and principles of design?

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