Advanced Digital Photography (11th-12th Grades) Hockney Photographic Collage:
The students in this class already knew how to take a photo, they covered that in their intro photography class, so I really wanted to do something that showed them what else they can do with photography as an artistic medium. I decided to do a David Hockney inspired photographic collage.
We talked about Hockney’s work, and how it was inspired by analytic cubism. We compared and contrasted some of Picasso’s paintings to Hockney’s photo-collages, they students got a real kick out of talking about painting in a photo class! Once we did that I gave the students their assignment: Pick an interesting person, object, or place, and take photos!!! I showed them how to imagine a grid over their scene, and how each section of the grid becomes one photograph. I asked them to take at least 25 pictures each.
When they came back to class the next week, I showed them how to use photoshop to import, manipulate, and arrange their photo-collages. They picked up on it right away, and the work they produced was beautiful! Unfortunately I can’t post the portraits online for obvious reasons, but believe me they are beautiful! Attached to this post are some examples of the students work.