Hello fellow COUGARS, I miss you and hope you are doing as well as you can be. The purpose of this distance learning format, for me, is to remind you all that I’m here for you. You can email me at any time for any reason. I would like to tell you all everything is all right, it’s not; this is awful for you and what you all are missing out on. For us all, this is a scary time, when or will classes start? So many questions… Whatever happens we (Myself and your other teachers and A.P.’s) are here for you. We will make this work and we want to support you and elevate you.

When we begin on August 3rd 2020, don’t worry about regressing in school. Worry about being gracious, kind and mature. Every single student in the nation is going through this period of “unknown”. When we are back IN the classroom we will course correct to meet you wherever you are. Teachers are experts at this! We can teach anyone anything, that’s our job. We want to encourage learning not mandate it. Your mental health and well being is just as important as your academic skills. We will persevere, we will be stronger, braver and smarter from this but only if we participate and engage with each other. May we rise up and do BETTER.


The work you will be completing below is to be completed at your pace and schedule. Family, health and YOURSELF come first. You can complete all the assignments in a week or take until the deadline(s) that I will assign. The schedule looks like this for all your classes, every week beginning August 3rd 2020. Each class is 90 minutes and the first 45 minutes for me are CRUCIAL!!! All teachers will be taking ATTENDANCE and GRADES will be given fairly and frequently, unlike the emergency distance learning last semester all assignments and grades COUNT. Together we can do this but you have to do your best to participate. The first 45 minutes of each class will be conducted via Google Meets video meetings and then the following 45 minutes are for individual work time (no Google Meets or attendance) That is why the first 45 minute are so important. Friday is open office hours for me and you. If you need help or have any questions I’ll be there for you, just email me and we will work together.

My office hours will be Monday-Thursday 8:20am-8:50am. and I can be reached via Google Meets for video chat purposes and also by email at that time. All work will be submitted to your personal website. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNTS EVERY DAY, I will be communicating with you that way and so will school staff and teachers. Same with your other classes/teachers. It is extremely important that you check your emails.

Now… if you would like assistance with Photoshop, Lightroom or another digital manipulation/editing software let me know during office hours. I do not want anyone feeling left out so we will not be having any software based assignments. If you want a free version of photoshop you can use Photopea https://www.photopea.com Hopefully your Lenovo laptops can handle this and we will work on this the first week of school.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday and Tuesday August 3rd & 4th and the first agenda will be creating your own personal websites. We will use the template creator WordPress and all its FREE options. First however I want to get to know you and you can get to know me so I’ll see everyone soon. Students will email me the URL of your website so I can save all the links and be able to access and view your beautiful work!

watercolor texture effect


For this assignment you will be learning more about the BLEND MODES for LAYERS. Provided for you are a set of digitally scanned sheets of watercolor paper and a raw watercolor paper. We will use the BLEND MODES Screen, Multiply, Darken, and Overlay to begin. Screen allows the watercolor to be visible though only the dark areas of your photograph and Multiply allows you to see it though the white areas. watercolorportrait_celeste



For this project we will complete 1 smoke brush image and 2 more using a brush of your choice (particle explosion, broken glass, birds, dust, etc..) So 3 total are due on 3/19/2021

Photopea.com already comes pre-loaded with several BRUSH options. So far we have just used a round soft or hard edge brush but for this assignment we will load a custom brush that represents SMOKE. Brushes can be found for download at https://www.brusheezy.com/


We will also use the same technique using a PARTICLE brush or BROKEN GLASS brush or ANY brush of your choice


Magic paintbrush

In this lesson you will be using a prop like a paint brush, make-up brush, roller, etc… to paint color into a black and white world or the opposite and paint B&W into a color world. Your choice. You can even paint in other images or faces, eyes, etc… into your photos as well. You will also use the free brush site https://www.brusheezy.com to download the brush of your choice. Please watch the video tutorial and complete 3 images this week (DUE FRIDAY 3/5/21)


Using the LAYERS and MASK you could even insert other pictures (or portraits of other people) into another face.



The assignment task is to create a mythical creature using your own images or stock imagery from Google of animals and combine them in Photoshop. The mythical creature must include a unique name and a 4-5 sentence paragraph describing it’s environment, diet, prey or predatory, etc… or be as creative and funny as you want. Please complete 3 mythical creature hybrids by 2/28/2021

Bumblebee (Bombus sp) flying, Deschutes National Forest, Oregoncetus

CLone photography



Using the Photoshop Layers and MASK techniques learned previously we will be able to combine multiple photographs as layers and reveal the CLONES.


By taking multiple photos with your body in different areas of the frame we will combine them in Photoshop. Start with two images and drag one on top of the other. Add a mask to Layer 1 and paint black into the mask to hide the area where your body is located in the Background layer. Once done please flatten the layer and then repeat with the next image.

Taking the Pictures

To make clones of yourself, put your camera on a tripod (anything that holds your camera/phone STILL) and take multiple pictures of yourself in different spots within the same scene. If your camera has a timer, start the timer, and then move in front of the camera so it takes a picture of you.

Choose a different pose for each picture. you can take pictures and then move in front of the camera before the shutter clicks. try to make your “characters” look like they’re interacting with each other by their facial expressions.

Open images in Photopea/Photoshop. https://www.photopea.com/

Video Tutorial is located in the Photopea/Photoshop Video Tutorials Menu

DUE 2/11 Thursday February 11th

Please complete 4 CLONE images.

There are options to turn in less if you would like to really push your creativity and if you do really creative and complicated clone images I would only require you to complete one image. I will always honor your choice to challenge and push yourself to do more. GOOD LUCK!!!



Levitation Photography

3 photographs (one minimum with a model) DUE FRIDAY 1/29/21

You may have not heard of the terminology, but you must have definitely seen some stunning levitation photography on the internet. In levitation pictures, everything seems to be defying gravity. The model is floating, the objects around are floating and everything is floating.

Levitation photography is a simple concept of layer masking in Photoshop/PHOTOPEA. To break it down in simple terms, a picture of the scene is taken without any props and models. Later, several pictures are taken with the model and the props by suspending them in air. Then they are all brought together in Photoshop by layer masking to form one image after eliminating the suspending equipment using the first image of the blank scene

There are two phases to creating a levitation shot. Shooting and post-processing.



1. Work up a scene

Levitation photography is a creative process. You don’t actually need a pricey camera for it, even a basic point and shoot camera will help you create a good levitation photograph. Just work up a good scene. Think of various different positions in which you can make your model float in the air and how is it that you will do it. Normal methods which photographers use to suspend their model are:

  • Using stools, tables, chairs or any other furniture for support.
  • Using ropes. Use real strong ones so they can support the weight of the model.
  • Using a trampoline or jump method, ask your model to jump up in the air while making the desired pose. Use burst mode to capture shots in succession.
2. Set-up your camera

Apart from the trampoline method, if you are using any other support methods to keep you model suspended in the air, then you will have to use the tripod. Set your focus on the model and compose your scene to start shooting. Before you start taking pictures of the model, it’s best to take a picture of the blank scene.

It’s a good strategy to include some props as well in your picture. It creates a better impact and adds to the story behind your scene.

Once you have taken all the necessary shots, move on to processing your images and creating your levitation photograph.



We will be using the free photoshop software called PHOTOPEA.COM



Diptychs are two photographs; Triptychs are three that have been placed together to tell a single, intertwining story. While diptychs can be as unique as their creator’s imagination, the most popular ones can tell a simple story.

Photography is about visual communication: sharing stories, ideas, and feelings through images. A diptych of two images, or parts of two images, is an impact full storytelling tool. Look for thematic, composition, and other visual synergies that will make your diptychs more powerful than the sum of their parts.


Diptych and triptych come from the Greek meaning two (dip) or three (trip) fold (tych). Many modern artists create pieces that are designed to be on display together and the diptych and triptych have become very popular story telling devices.

As well as being great story-telling devices, diptychs and triptychs are visually pleasing and help make use of photos that may not work on their own.

Collecting Acorns

There is no right or wrong when it comes to these composites so play, have fun and put together whatever feels right. Think complimentary images or think completely opposite images! Try color combinations, pictures with a running theme, things that show movement or photos that show the passage of time. The possibilities are endless!

GOAL: You will complete 10 sets of Diptych or Triptych combinations.

You can choose to complete 10 diptych or 10 triptych combinations or a mix of both. Due 10/23

ELements of art

in photography

Below are the 7 Elements of Art LINE, SHAPE, FORM, TEXTURE, COLOR, SPACE, VALUE. Each class we will be taking photographs of one of the ELEMENTS. You will be creating a “Visual Dictionary” and your photographs will be the definitions. For each ELEMENT you will create 5 photographs. Below is a perfect example of what you will be creating on your website. When you upload your work you will place the 5 photographs in a gallery, type the name of the ELEMENT and it’s definition. (DUE FRIDAY, OCT 2ND)


Line is the most important element of all and also the most strongest in its meaning. Your eyes follow the line whether it is visible or invisible. Based on its character and direction, lines communicate emotions making it one of the strongest elements of design.

Horizontal lines suggest feeling of restfulness or calmness, vertical lines suggest feeling of power, and diagonal lines suggest feeling of movement and direction. Soft curved lines represents relaxing or soothing feel whereas acute or jagged lines suggest frenzy or chaotic feeling and so on.


Shape is a two dimensional representation of an object. Kids draw primarily using the shapes like an outline of a farm house, a tree, sun, etc. The outer line of an object forms the shape.

In photography, you can represent interesting shapes of the objects by using silhouette effect due to backlighting. Silhouette photographs make an impact when the shape of the subject (object) is clearly defined in contrast with the background.


Form is a three dimensional representation of an object. A third dimension (thickness) to the Shape yields Form.

Photography (and art) is a two dimensional form lacking the depth which poses a challenge to  you as a photographer to somehow represent the third dimension by creating an illusion of depth.

By using light and shadow you can create an illusion of depth in your photograph.


Texture represents the details that are present on the surface of an object. You can use texture to create photographs that are visually interesting.

Direction of light plays an important role in bringing out the textures. Based on the mood you want to convey in your photograph, you will either wait for the light that will emphasize the roughness or softness of an object.


Color is a major design element that we love. Colors play an important role to set the mood of the photograph.

The colors can be broadly classified as warm colors and cool colors. Red, Orange, and Yellow are the warm colors that suggest the feeling of warmth, liveliness, and energetic whereas Blue and Green are cool colors that suggest the feeling of calmness, tranquility, and sad/gloomy.


Space is another important element of design that suggests the distance between the objects, perspective, and proportions of objects.

A subject represents the positive space in an image and the background represents the negative space. Negative space is as important as the positive space in defining the shape of the subject.


The lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle gray. Values help create forms and differentiate space or distance. Gradation of values within a space or shape create forms, or the illusion of volume and mass.

AjA project assignments

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#1 Digital Collage REVISE + REWORK (Upload to your website)


#3 LENTICULAR PHOTO (The folding paper thing) Upload to your website or email Solomon

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