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Surrealism – Visual Research

You are to look on the interenet and find what you think is an excellent example of a surrealistic composite image – it can be a painting or photographic in nature. Copy the image into a Word document and the you will need to write about three major subjects concerning this image:

  1. STORY: Write 1 or 2 paragraphs about what is happening in the image.  Why is this interesting?  How do the visual element in the image support this story? Beyond what is actually happening in the image, what is the concept behind the image?  What is the theme of the action?  Is there a message that is above and beyond just what is happening?
  2. DESIGN:  Write about how the artist used some of the Elements and Principles of Design.  How does this help the story?  How does line or color contribute to the emphasis of the image?  Where is the subject located on the page?  How does that help the balance of the image?  Those kinds of things.
  3. TRANSFORMATION:  Talk about how the artist transformed a part of the image.  What is that element (or elements) like in normal life, and what is it like now?  How does that help tell the story now that it is transformed?  If there are multiple transformation (as there usually are), how do all those transformations help the story of the image?

This project is to be printed out on the color printer and is due on the Monday we come back.  This should take about 1 full class, so get to it and don’t dally too much.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Surrealism Project

The last couple of days we’ve been talking about our Surrealism projects. Below is a copy of the Planning Handout I gave you today, and some examples. Remember these points:

  • They must include a portrait of yourself, taken by a classmate
  • They can be in either landscape or portrait orientation
  • They will have high-resolution images and will be print-quality
  • They must include some kind of transfomation. This is extremely important!

Handing in Your Websites

Your websites are due this Friday. You will need to hand in BOTH an exported website AND the project files. The video below goes over how to do this. Also below is your evaluation for the project, which is also due on Friday.



EXTRA DEMO: Scrolling Effects

In Adobe Muse, one of the things you can do it attach certain actions to the scroll effect on your webpage. One of the most common things you can do it vary the opacity of a graphic to the scroll position. So you can have a menu that is almost opaque go transparent as you scroll up. you can also animate the position of certain gfraphical elements with scrolling (have pictures “fly” in from the sides as the user scrolls down the page). Below is a demo on how to do that if you would like to add that to your page.




Adding Links to Non-Menu Items in Muse





Different Ways of Resizing Objects in Muse



Adding a Menu to Your Website



Placing Background Images in Your Website



Starting Your Website