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GCSE Photography: Unit 1. Experimental Portraits

Scheme of work for first unit of coursework for GCSE students. Unit focuses on making portraits using a range of techniques and contextual approaches
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Matt Henley

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Unit 1: Portraits
look through the inspiration galleries links to begin your coursework. The first port of call is inspiration. Look these photographers and artists have interpreted the theme of portraits
Does the work tell a story?
Is there a narrative or story
to the work?
Does the work communicate
an idea or feeling?
If so, is this important?
Are there any links to history
that you can make?
Does it make you think
of anything else?
Is there an underlying
theme to the work?
Does the work make
you think of anything
important?
Are there any links that
you can make to history,
politics or everyday life?
Does the work make you
want to investigate
something? If so, what
and why?
Are there any clues hidden
in the work? (Sometimes
artists include objects or
images that represent
something else).
Does the artist want you to
interpret what is in the work?
Is there anything in the work
that refers to other cultures?
http://www.mapltd.com/post/derekhenderson/forrussh/
1. Inspiration Gallery
For this project you will be required to produce a series of at least 4 images for a gallery or magazine article on the theme of experimental portraits.
http://www.photographyserved.com/gallery/Multiple-Exposure-Portraits/4213743
http://www.photographyserved.com/gallery/Reflet/2781605
http://anthonyneildart.tv/
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/create-outer-world-ambiance
https://vimeo.com/49849178
1. Produce 3 self portraits on 3 different days. Make a note of what you were feeling and what was on your mind. How can you communicate this through your photography? Think back to the work looked at in todays lesson.
This week we will be adding to our experimental portraits project- finding new ways to make creative, interesting and original work. Using the links in the yellow boxes choose one artist to research and one practical task to complete this week in your photography lessons.
http://www.levivanveluw.nl/work/landscapes
Choose any 4 key questions from the cards at the front and use word or powerpoint to create a page of reasearch. Include at least 5 pictures from the artist you choose. this should take between 15-30 minutes. You can use this for a sketchbook page later.
using your self portraits, follow the start of this amazing computer arts tutorial to create a graphic portrait. 40-60mins
http://www.computerarts.co.uk/tutorials/design-mixed-media-portrait-photoshop-and-illustrator
Check out these amazing images on:
http://www.photographyserved.com/gallery/ANTI-GRAVITY/430374

Use the SLR to create a self portrait. Then in the same set up- photograph your face. Put your eyes onto your hands in photoshop to create a surreal image.
Inspired by Pans Labyrinth
Thinking back to the Rankin video print out your own self portraits in A4. Use the materials on the middle table to graffiti, enhance, cut, fold, splatter, doodle, write, add lyrics to your portrait- can you tell us some more about who you... 30+ mins
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Illumination/3778428
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Deer-Nature/5189559
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Art-of-Dance/3247473
Homework
Week 2
Week 1
evidence
Make sure that you keep on top of your evidence- this is to show the examiner exactly what you have been doing
Use prints screens to show how any Photoshop work has progressed. Paste these into a word processing program and use bullet points to write step by step how you created your masterpiece
If you photograph anything be sure to include ALL of your photos on the design sheet- you will need to show which ones you have chosen and why.
Checklist

At least 2 pages of artists research. explain how this has helped shape your work.

Your first joiner- made in before summer (if you have it)

Your artists that you found on photographyserved.com/behance/school website

Screen shots of any Photoshop work- with annotations- how did you do it and why?

A contact sheet of images showing your portrait taking skills
This week we will be taking the training wheels off. By now you should be exploring different ways of making a portrait as you work towards your 4 different versions. Make sure that you you are using your sketchbooks to keep up to date and are exploring new artists if you have finished a portrait try experimenting with a different approach or looking at the links to inspire yourself.
Week 3
http://www.rosiehardy.com/1145-self-portraits
a) in pairs visit:
http://www.rosiehardy.com/1145-self-portraits
choose three of the images and try to imagine 1) what she was feeling on that day, 2) What has she done to the image to help communicate that.
Week 4
This week we will be looking at a new technique to make an experimental portrait. As we only have a few cameras we will be working in shifts- small groups to begin taking the pictures. While this is going on you should be working either:

On your portraits- Photoshopping/adjusting them.

or

In your sketchbook, making sure all the work is up to date.

Use the new links and clips on the website to help you do both these things.
2. Find a portrait in a magazine or newspaper, it could be an Advert, a news story- an type of portrait.
Week 5/6
This week we will be exploring using the camera. You will:

1.Be able to begin exploring how an SLR can produce different effects.

Know what depth of field is and how it is linked to aperture
4. Know what shutter speed is and how it relates to motion.
5. Be able to explore these as a group, being independent in your approach

6. Be able to use the portrait you brought in for homework to inspire a new image.
In your groups you must do use the following techniques to take interesting images. The techniques are:
• A shallow Depth of Field • A slow Shutter Speed• A Deep Depth of Field• A Fast Shutter Speed
However... no one will tell you how to do this... you will need to use your independent research skills to do this..

So consider how you can find out what these mean and how you can achieve these techniques with the equipment available to you. It will test your independent thinking/study skills as much as it will your artistic skills.
Aim to take 30-40 minutes to research and take your photos. These will need to be done, and in your sketchbooks by the end the week.
Now that you have experimented with the techniques of Aperture and Shutter Speed, you will be using your image brought in to inspire a new photo.

Look at your image- what do you like about it- why did you choose it? Have they used either shutter speed or Aperture to make the image look a certain way? What is the work about? Who is in the image?

Answer these in your sketchbook and think about how this will inspire your next portrait.
http://www.pierredebusschere.com
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