In Our Time
The IN OUR TIME unit explores the history of art in the 20th century, focusing on Modern Masters such as Picasso, Dali, Rothko, Pollock, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Warhol, and Jeff Koons. As we discuss the evolution of art over the 20th Century, the students will create digital collages that are inspired by recent global and domestic events. Once complete, those digital collages will become references for mixed media paintings.
The final products will clearly indicate inspiration from Rauschenberg and Rosenquist, as the students will borrow the color, pattern, rhythm, and arrangements used by those artists. The final products will have a similar DNA to the studied artists works, but will contain content that speaks the language of contemporary culture.
Past Student Examples
Designs clearly show the influence of the color, composition, and overall aesthetics of Rauschenberg and Rosenquist.
Students should be able to explain how they were inspired by the studied artists, and how they borrowed compositional elements from the works of those artists during our verbal critique.
Designs should contain at least 5 images
Photoshop designs should contain at least 5 layers
Students used Photoshop to create a custom designed brush in at least one area of the digital collage.
Designs contain a clear connection to contemporary culture
Helpful Tips for Design:
As you create your design, remember that you will have to translate the digital collage into physical media. This means that you will be using paint, collage, and drawing materials to re-create your digital work. Be aware of how complicated your design becomes. The examples I've posted on this page will help you see the power of simplifying your design. Painting is no easy task, so do yourself a favor and keep your design simple to save yourself some frustration as you paint.
Printing in color and pasting the image into your design can be a great way to save some time with this project. You are encouraged to use collage for some of the more complex design elements.