Theme Development: Aim

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• How do artists and designers develop themes in their work?
• What technology tools are needed to create a collage in Adobe Photoshop?
• How do designers use selection tools and quickmask features to effectivly select items for use in their design?


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Part One, Collage Task:
In this project you are to develop a story with a picture that you create by making a collage of different items you find on the Internet.

    1. Find a variety of images that depict many different aspects of one activity. For example, in sports, find equipment, scoreboards, stadiums, hot dogs, even white lined grass. 
    2. Save and title each image in your Pictures folder, and do not to delete the extension.
    3. Find an image that will work as a background setting to the items you chose.
    4. Open each image in Photoshop and use the appropriate selection tool to cut the image from the original scene. Title and save the selected item as a png.
    5. Create a new document 11 inches by 8.5 inches titled Collage. Copy and paste you background image and all your selected items on the page, resize, and place as you fit.
    6. Experiment with the various effects and transparency settings, see Photoshop Tools.

Constructing the Collage


  • How would you prioritize the different images you gathered for your collage?
  • How would you organize elements within a composition to create a story or theme?
  • What way would you design a story or a theme using the images you gathered?
  • How do the skills developed in the previous projects help develop the new illustration?
  • What are the parts or features of your collage that add to the story?
  • How would you organize the various elements so that all the items fit together to make a balanced whole?



Part Two, Reasearch A Theme:

Open a new document in Google Docs titled "Your Name-theme", ex. Josey Whales-Theme. Share the document with me at LouisFatta@gmail.com

    • What is your theme about?
    • When did this topic begin?
    • Where did this subject begin?
    • Who are the people behind the formation of the topic?
    • What tools or items are used in the topic?
    • How has the subject evolved over time?
    • What is the history of the items used, how have they evolved?
    • Who in histroy has made contributions to the subject or made inventions or discoveries within the subject?
    • What are some major events or developments within the topic?
    • What are some key dates in the evolution of the topic?
    • Wikipedia
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Creating the Website

• Create a free account at Weebly.com and make a website by creating a subdomain on the weebly site, ex. http://JoseyWalesTheme.weebly.com

• On your Weebly website create a site that features the essay about your theme as well as the collage you created. Split the essay into 2 pages in Weebly.

• Peruse the various features of the website development tools as well as the different templates and decide on a template you will use for your theme.

• Select the elements that will enable you to place the collage and the information you gathered onto your website.
• Transfer the information you researched about your theme to the content area of the Weebly web site.

• Create a link on your Google website that will take visitors to the Weebly site by copying the Weebly URL and pasting it to the bottom of the home page under a heading titled Addition LInks 


How would you apply the knowledge you gained about the subject to develop a the content for a website?


Weebly Website Set-Up
Go to Weebly.com and create an account. 


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