WEEK 1: TUESDAY _ 10.02.18

Introduction

Syllabus and Schedule

Lecture: Rebeca Méndez recent works

 

Homework:

Make your profile in the Class website. Profile photo required.

Introduction – Make a selection of 20 photographic images you have recently captured in any medium (phone, SLR and/or analog. To be presented Pecha Kucha style—20 slides, 20 sec. each. Upload your work to the website prior to the class meeting.

 

WEEK 1: THURSDAY _ 10.04.18

Pecha Kucha presentations

Homework: Project #1 – CLUI (Center for Land Use Interpretation) Sites Research. Go to CLUI on Friday, 10.05, and study the exhibitions and database. Select one site to investigate for all your subsequent class projects. Thoroughly research your selected site’s history, industry, as well as social and environmental impact. Go to the site and document. Prepare a 5 minute presentation with visuals. —photographs, maps, charts, etc… Go to the site if possible.

 

WEEK 2: TUESDAY _ 10.09.18

Review student work: Project #1

Overview of Project #2: On This Site.

Project Description: The ‘On This Site’ project is an investigation of a specific site selected from The Center for Land Use Interpretation database, where the effects of the human interaction with the site have dramatically altered the landscape. The focus of the project is in art and environment. Process: The project takes the students through the process of deconstructing a set of selected essays from the course reading, a selection of one predominate concept and word. A ‘reconstructing/ regenerating’ creative process in phases follows: research, concept, creative direction, design direction, design, production, communication strategy, and distribution. (See creative phases document under ‘resources’ of the course website). The professor and T.A. will meet individually with each student to inform, critique and guide. Whether your work is being reviewed through individual meeting or class critique, you are expected to present your ideas formally, and in the most compelling and comprehensive manner as suggested by the ‘Creative Process Phases’ document.

Presentation: The creative process is to be presented as follows: Letter Size (8.5 x 11) horizontal, create a grid and consistent layout with your name, project name, phase title, date and description paragraph (when necessary). This layout may become a page in your workbook, both physical and to be uploaded to the class website. So design it accordingly. Digital presentation unless indicated.

 

Homework: Project #2.A – Deconstruct your CLUI Site research document as follows:

  1. a) Refine your text and articulate a 250-word summary.
  2. b) Select 5 key sentences that best capture the content of your text.
  3. c) Select 20 key words that capture the essence of the text, from those, select 10, then 5 then, one.
  4. d) Present your 5 and 1 key words.

 

WEEK 2: THURSDAY _ 10.11.18

Rebeca out of town

Readings 1 and 2 presentations

“South of no North: Gato Negro Ediciones”

 

Homework: Project #2.B – Reconstruct your Project #2.A

The five key words you selected as the essence of the essay will be deconstructed based on the following criteria. Your presentation will consist of 25 pages (5 per word).

  1. a) Semantic meanings: denotative & connotative. 1 letter-size sheet per word.
  2. b) Photographic expression. 1 letter-size sheet per word.
  3. c) Graphic/typographic/diagrammatic expression. 1 letter-size sheet per word.
  4. d) Material expression. 1 letter-size sheet per word.
  5. e) Spatial / Environmental expression. 1 letter-size sheet per word.

 

WEEK 3: TUESDAY _ 10.16.18

Rebeca out of town

Readings 3 and 4 presentations

Review student work (individual meetings): Project #2.A and 2.B

 

Homework:

Project #2.C – On This Site: Objective/ Perceptive in Landscape Photography.

Research your site based on two main categories: 1: Objective investigation and, 2: Perceptive awareness. Photograph your selected site, if possible, or any site available to you, with each of these two points of view and select 5 images of each category (10 total) to present digitally. Upload your work to the website prior to the class meeting.

 

WEEK 3: THURSDAY _ 10.18.18

Rebeca out of town

Review student work: Project #2.C

Readings 5 and 6 presentations

Homework: Project #2.D – On This Site: Time + Space in Landscape Photography.

Research your site considering the relationship of time (duration) and space (location). Photograph your selected site, if possible, or any site available to you, and present 7 images from dawn to dusk (approximately one every couple of hours). Same exact location and position. Digital presentation — each photograph individually, as well as a group, organized in sequence.

 

WEEK 4: TUESDAY _ 10.23.18

Review student work Project #2.D (presentations 2.A- 2.D)

Homework: Project #3: Each student research two photographers/artists (see list).

 

WEEK 4: THURSDAY _ 10.25.18

Kikei presentation

Review student work Project #2.D and Project #3

Homework: Project #2.E – On This Site: Ecological and Social Impact

Research your site considering its Ecological and Social Impact. Photograph your selected site from these two points of view and present 3 selected images of each approach. Digital presentation — each photograph individually, as well as a group, organized in sequence.

 

WEEK 5: TUESDAY _ 10.30.18

Reading 6, 7, 8 and 9 presentations

RM Lecture: Brief history of Photography Part 1

Review student work: Project #3 and Project #2.E

 

Homework: Project #4.A: On This Site: Final Project: Ideation Phase / Concept Development

Allow for the research to speak to you—listen and observe patterns, possible relationships (both, congruent and incongruent). In other words, through observation and play, allow ideas to emerge. Each idea is a pool of visual potentialities. Explore ideas, imagine what ‘it’ can be and make notes, both verbal and visual. Ideas are the images of thought. Ideas are stories. What is the story of the site that you will tell? Present your ideas with words and images—photographs, diagrams, graphs, maps, illustration, etc…These images can be only yours or references that represent your creative direction.

 

WEEK 5: THURSDAY _ 11.01.18

Review student work:  Project #4.A

RM Lecture: Brief history of Photography Part 2

Homework: Project #4.B – On This Site: Final Project: Creative Direction Phase

Define the event and its surroundings, the mise en scène, the ethos — character, mood, feeling, essence, principles, rationale, attitude, voice, looks—of your selected idea. Present the creative direction of your idea with words and images—photographs, diagrams, graphs, maps, illustration, etc…These images can be only yours or references that represent your creative direction.

 

WEEK 6: TUESDAY _ 11.06.18

RM Lecture: Brief history of Photography Part 4

Review student work Project #4.B

Homework: Project #4.C: On This Site: Final Project: Content Development:

Words and Images (Photoshoot design and production plan) and Design Development During this phase you design the specifics (with exactitude) of each one of the elements of your visual vocabulary, from graphic elements—color palette, typography, logotypes, symbols—to photography, videography, and illustrations. You also define your spatial, material and auditory elements as well as your words. Photoshoot production plan: Equipment rental reservation, assistants, permits, etc… need to be in place by next class.

 

WEEK 6: THURSDAY _ 11.08.18

Review student work: Project #4.C

Homework: Project #4.D – On This Site: Final Project: Photoshoot(s)

Your final photoshoots (as many as required to arrive at your desired photographs) needs to happen at this time, between. All your focus needs to be in the generation of your final photographs and in the selection of the images to present. Therefore, plan ahead and be ready. Digitally present a selection of 20 photographs. Color correct as many as possible for this presentation.

 

WEEK 7: TUESDAY _ 11.13.18

Review student work Project #4.D

Homework: Project #4.E: On This Site: Final Project: Initial Phase: Book design & all content: photographs and copy.

Commit to your final words and images and organize your story in sequence. Print two sets of your images at 2” high and bring them to class (bring any extra images to work in class on finalizing your sequence). Also during class, input the images to the book layout in InDesign. Size to be determined. Refine your typography.

 

WEEK 7: THURSDAY _ 11.15.18

Review student work: Project #4.E

Homework: Project #4.F – On This Site: Final Project: Initial Phase: Book design & all content: photographs and copy.

Refine your book layout and typography. Bring a ‘page by page’ layout at scale, with all your content in place. Commit to your semifinal photographs and begin to process them—color correction, retouching, cropping, etc…. Write and/or select all your copy—first draft.

 

WEEK 8: TUESDAY _ 11.20.18

Review student work Project #4.F

Homework: Project #4.G – On This Site: Final Project: Semi final Phase: Book design & all content: photographs and copy.

Present your semifinal book design—structure and layout with semifinal photographs and copy (2nd draft) in ‘draft paper,’ and present one signature in the final paper(s) selection. Commit to your final photographs and process them—color correction, retouching, cropping, etc…. Bring print tests on the paper you will be printing your final book. Your images must be finalized by now in order to allow time to make professional prints for the final presentation.

 

WEEK 8: THURSDAY _ 11.22.18

Thanksgiving holiday

 

WEEK 9: TUESDAY _ 11.27.18

Review student work: Project #4.G

Homework : Project #4.H: On This Site: Final Project: Final Phase: Book design & all content: photographs and copy.

Present on next class your FINAL book design—structure and layout with FINAL photographs and copy (FINAL draft) in ‘draft paper,’ and present one signature in the final paper(s) selection. Commit to your final photographs and process them—color correction, retouching, cropping, etc…. Bring print tests on the paper you will be printing your final book. Your images must be finalized by now in order to allow time to make professional prints for the final presentation.

 

WEEK 9: THURSDAY _ 11.29.18

Review student work: Project #4.H Book Binding Tutorial 1

Homework : Project #4.I – On This Site: Final Project: Final Phase: Book design & all content: photographs and copy.

Present your FINAL book design—structure and layout with FINAL photographs and copy (FINAL draft) in ‘draft paper,’ and present 50% of your book AS FINAL in the final paper(s) selection.

 

WEEK 10: TUESDAY _ 12.04.18

Review student work: Project #4.I Book Binding Tutorial 2

Homework : Project #4.J – On This Site: Final Project: Final Presentation

Present your FINAL book. Presentation structure details to come.

 

WEEK 10: THURSDAY _ 12.06.18

Final Presentation