The Digital Collage Intersession was great fun and really successful and I have to applaud all the students who worked so hard to learn the Krita program and the concepts of design and collage we discussed. Everyone had different ideas and explored multiple ways of combining images to create new art. Way to go!
I'm really excited about doing Intersession classes with the students this fall.
Outside of teaching, I've had my own graphic design business for about a dozen years and I love working and playing with images. I've loved the collage art form for many years so my first Intersession is about digital collage - what it is and how to do it.
Students will learn to use the Photoshop-like Krita program and the basics of image manipulation and layering to create collage art. We'll also look at historic examples of collage and learn a little about the history of the form.
The collage above is one I made using a set of images I collected for the students to use in our first experiment, where we will all share the same set of images and see how many different ways we can create with them. (It is called "Facing MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction) - The Kewpies Offer Cupcakes to the Skinned Man").
Resources for Students
Digital Collage Presentation (PDF)
Links for Students
Top Ten Collage Artists
Collage - from Wikipedia
A Brief History of Collage
Hi, I'm Joel Ward and I am the newest faculty member at Peoria Regional Learning Center.
I've been working as a director and teacher in alternative education since 2003 but my transition to Peoria Regional Learning Center has been a unique career change. I've always used a philosophy of care and respect toward my students as my basic classroom principal - but at PRLC I have found a school culture based on this ideal with teachers, staff and most importantly students who believe in and actively work to turn an ideal into a reality. It is energizing and exciting to be part of this new environment.
Speaking of environments, the fact that PRLC is inside one of the most amazing parks in Illinois makes my job a joy. I get to share this natural world with our students and my fellow teachers every day. It's hard to believe, still, when I park my car in the mornings, that I'm at "work."
I've been amazed at the students I've met and worked with this year to date and am looking forward to learning and growing together with them for the rest of the school year.
In the future, I'll use this blog to post updates about my learning experiences at PRLC and information and links about the Intersession classes I'll be doing with students this year. Plus anything else that I want to write about.