AP Summer Assignments - Photography
In order to meet the volume of artworks expected for the AP portfolio, you are expected to create 5 projects over the summer. These projects are critiqued as a group on the first Friday of the school year. Failure to complete the assignments may create a failing grade for the first marking period on these assignments, and possible removal from the AP course. I look forward to working with you next year; if you or your parents have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com
For all photography assignments, take at least 100 shots for each that you choose. Be sure to think about composition, lighting, contrast, and the way that you prepare for each shoot. Do you need to plan a backdrop? Special make-up or clothing? Etc? Pick at least 5 assignments below. If you don’t have time or equipment to edit…do more photo shoots, so you can use the first MP to edit. Try for the “WOW” shots, but realize a lot can be done with so/so shots in the edit. Go for quantity, and the best quality possible. If you have time, try to practice some tutorial sites online, as well as use multiple functions of your cameras (aperture, speed, lens settings, ISO, etc.)
· Clear macro shots of interesting textures. These can be used to layer into artworks throughout the year, or as finished abstract artworks in their own right.
· Still life. You should shoot the still life from different angles, choosing a variety of aperture settings, focal points, and differing arrangements. Experiment with cropping for the best composition. You might think food arrangements (like advertisements use), installation, floral, etc. Think outside the box for a subject…how about toys, garbage, objects all made out of the same material (ex: metal), disassembled or broken objects, rusted items, etc. See: Hiro, Toni Catany, John Batho, Sandy Skoglund, Neil Winoker, etc.
· Animals. This might be animals at the zoo, aquarium, or in your own home. Think action and motion, interaction of animals together, capturing the animal at its own level (if possible), dressing up an animal, portraiture, etc. They do not all have to be all the same animal. See William Wegman, National Geographic, etc.
· People in action. This can be people engaged in sports activities, musical events, fashion design, etc. See: Horst P Horst, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Cecil Beaton, Serge Lutens, Satoshi Saikusa,
· Buildings and architectural details. The city of Buffalo offers many fine examples down near the theater district of Main Street, but many other locations can work. Focus on using a variety of camera angles to convey an understanding of perspective; try to show continuity but from different sides and views. See: Vincenzo Castella, Harry Callahan, Luigi Ghirri
· Portraits – self or otherwise. Think posed vs. not posed. Costume? Narrative? Props? Jowling? How can you best capture the personality of the sitter? See: Cindy Sherman, Edward Steichen, Annie Leibovitz, etc.
· Create portraits without people. What about finding faces on objects (ex: houses…) Or perhaps a portrait can be done with remnant objects from a person…arranging objects that have the character of a person. Maybe the portrait is done without showing a person’s face to capture their character..such as showing hands or feet.
· Read a tabloid story and construct a series of photos that would illustrate the story. The weirder, the better. (look up items such as the Darwin Awards, urban legends, news of the weird, etc.)
· Film Noir: "Film Noir" is a genre of film between 1940 and 1960, originating in the United States, employing heavy shadows and patterns of darkness, in which the protagonist dies, meets defeat, or achieves meaningless victory in the end. Take a photo using the style of film noir.
· Pick one of these unique theme to experiment with: lighter than air, the seven deadly sins, visual puns, oops, vintage, dreams or nightmares, scents and aromas, or smoke.
· Pictures of landscapes. Composition is key. Use bracketing with exposure compensation to get a variety of lighting scenarios for the same scene, which can be combined later into a great HDR image. See: Joel Meyerovutz, Pete Turner, Franco Fontana, Ansel Adams, National Geographic magazine, etc.
· Document an event or happening. Include pictures from multiple steps of the process. It could be a newsworthy event, family outing, still frames from people re-enacting a story from a fiction/non-fiction book or song, etc.
· A-Z – pick a place and try to get pictures of objects that represent each letter. Ex: g for grass. Some letters might be tricky, so you may need to be creative, like q=quick for a quick child running around.
· Unusual angles. What if you took all shots from aerial view, worm’s eye view, inside looking out, etc. Maybe try a tilt-shift photograph http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/
· Surreal/fantasy art. Use several techniques such as scale, juxtaposition, dislocation, exquisite corpse, echo poem, etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrealist_techniques
· Selective motion blur (sometimes called time lapse or long exposure). http://www.softalize.com/2009/03/31/25-splendid-most-artistic-motion-blur-pictures/, http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/ , http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-capture-motion-blur-in-photography
· high speed photography – set the camera to its highest shutter speed, get enough light, and capture that motion… http://weburbanist.com/2008/10/09/high-speed-photographers-and-photos/
· Take pictures of lights on industrial structures such factory towers and/or architectural structures such as urban apartment buildings or houses. Use a tripod. These pictures should emphasize the effects of light on a dark setting (at night).
· Take pictures involving the three primary colors and/or three secondary colors. Make sure that the composition works well so that not just one of the colors is the dominant color. Make sure there is even pairing of the 3 colors. This is a design project as well as photography you may need to arrange the shot by gathering objects that have the primary or secondary colors in them.
· Shoot at least 7 pictures for each word. Line, Shape, Space (positive and negative) Color, Texture, Value, Form, Movement, Balance, Repetition, Contrast, Rhythm, Emphasis and Unity
· Place a human figure in tight environments, such as a car, closet or small space and photograph so that the closeness of space is represented.
· Beauty of the grotesque
· Do a series of photographs of long vistas of space horizontally or vertically (long hallway, long road, railroad tracks, tall building) and crop the composition to accentuate the use of space. This could be turned into a vertographic or panographic image.
· Create a photo of a person or objects accenting foreshortening by viewing them from one extreme.
· Trees come in an infinite variety of types and shapes and sizes. Some are tall while others are short. Some are alive with leaves while others are dead and leafless. Some show their roots to the world while others bury them deep underground. Some have strong branches that reach ever skyward and still others have flexible branches that sweep the ground. What do you think of when you think of trees? Show us your vision of what "trees" means.
· Take a look around for shadows and record them on film. You could show the shadow as the total focus of the image. Or perhaps the shadow is incidental to the subject. Is the shadow natural or created by flash? Shadows are integral to creating depth in a 2 dimensional medium such as photography. Take time this week to explore the "dark side". http://content.photojojo.com/tutorials/the-ultimate-guide-to-shadow-play/
· Water. Still water, moving water, muddy water. Whatever water you chose to photograph, make the water the subject. Of course you can have other items in the image, but water should be the main focus.
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AP Summer Assignments - Drawing
In order to meet the volume of artworks expected for the AP portfolio, you are expected to create 5 projects over the summer. These projects are critiqued as a group on the first Friday of the school year. Failure to complete the assignments will create a failing grade for the first marking period on these assignments, and possible removal from the AP course.
Summer assignments can be completed in your sketchbook, as an altered book assignment, or on a variety of surfaces. Be experimental. Try doing something new and different with the media. Try not to be cute or trite or predictable. Challenge the whole meaning of art. Finish what you start, even if you don’t like it. Work from observation. Work from your mind’s eye. Be creative. Be versatile.
Use a variety of media, subject matter, and techniques. Do NOT do all the works in pencil; if you use pencil, it must be used darkly to make an effective digital image. Try black ballpoint pen, crosshatching, colored pencils, charcoal pencil, pastels, markers, paints, collage, or any assorted materials you may have at home. Always make sure you use high-contrast, since almost all works will be shown in digital reproduction. Remember to use the entire page. You may work in your sketchbook if it is at least 8" x 10", or you may take home paper or other supports from my classroom. I look forward to working with you next year; if you or your parents have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Create a self-portrait from an unusual angle. Work from direct observation using a mirror. Think interesting line work, textures, or color. See portraits by Van Gogh and Shiele.
Create a collage that uses layering and the concepts of opaque, translucence, and transparency. Attach photographs, fabric, found objects, etc. Use a variety of painting techniques. Maybe try gloss medium, photo transfer techniques, printmaking, etc. See the art of Johns, Rauschenberg, and Bearden.
Create a still life in a new and different way. Pick an unusual angle. Break it up into a Cubist style. Think Pop Art and play with scale for importance. Zoom in on an important part. Arrange all items of one color, all metallic items, all glass items, etc. What is everything in the still life floated? Think outside the box. Look at work by Picasso, Leger, Dine, etc.
Draw a landscape scene of a place that is important to you. Try to refrain from working from a photograph…ork directly from observation. You can work realistically (think Hudson River School), abstractly though Impressionism (Monet), using color to express emotion, perhaps like a Fauv (Derain), or in any style you wish. Be able to explain what style of art you are attempting, and which artist inspired your work. Use composition effectively.
Create a 1,2, or 3 point perspective drawing of a room that is interesting to you. Work from observation. Include details. If the room is messy, draw it that way. Choose a segment of the room that is most interesting (maybe start with a viewfinder.)
Randomly select 20 words from the dictionary, or any book for that matter. Try to combine the new words into sentences, adding additional words where necessary. Try to draw this new piece of poetry based on your own interpretation. See surreal artists, such as Kahlo, Magritte, Dali.
Use any medium to randomly scribble, blob, blot, fold, scrape, etc across a page. Try to create something abstract or realistic from this non-objective jumble of material. Bring order to the chaos. See Max Ernst.
Create several contour drawings from nature studies of found objects from the area. Special attention will be focused on the element of line, and the principles of balance and rhythm. Use a variety of lines, vary the weight of their lines, and combine multiple images from nature into a balanced composition. Art references: Chinese scroll painting and calligraphic line.
Draw the fortune from a fortune cookie.
Draw the monsters under your bed, in your closet, or…
Do a graphite drawing of a still-life arrangement that consists of reflective objects, such as glass, metal, liquids, etc. Your goal is to convey a convincing representation with a full range of values. To add interest, you might also want to render yourself being reflected in the objects.
Magnify a metallic object: Zero in on a section of metallic objects, such as a close-up of part of a bike or motorcycle, or spoons or an eggbeater. Make use of hard-edge metal reflections and cast shadows.
Do a drawing of an unusual interior -- for instance, looking inside a closet, cabinet, refrigerator, inside your car.... use your imagination!
Do a drawing of your worldly treasures arranged in an interesting still-life composition. This can be realistic, or somewhat surreal. What if the objects were to animate, enlarge, float, etc.
Do an artwork in which you use three different media--for example, a wet medium, a dry medium, collage elements.
Do a drawing of your hands arranged in a variety of poses on one page. You must carefully plan your composition in order for the separate units to work together visually.
Do a color rendering of a still-life arrangement consisting of your family member's shoes -- try to convey some "sense" of each of your individual family member's distinct personalities in your piece.
Self-portrait: Arrange interesting side lighting, and be sure to add a background or setting (no floating heads). Make use of dramatic lighting, maybe even a flashlight held from below.
Still life: Set up a still life with a strong light source, near a window or with a flashlight. Try eggs on torn or crumpled paper, tin cans or glass jars, fruit on drapery, or raid the vegetable bin of the refrigerator. Again, be sure to compose the entire page.
Develop a narrative using human figures. You may choose to illustrate a genre (everyday) life scene, historical event, an event from a story, song lyrics come to life, etc.
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