Posted: November 24th, 2022
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A Psychological Selfie PortraitThe selfie is so ubiquitous these days that all of our phones have “selfie” modes! The subculture of the selfie exploded with the onset of the mirror camera mode- and now, it would be difficult to find anyone that has a smart phone that does not know what a “selfie” is or how to use some filter to change their appearance. However, this practice has been around for hundreds of years, and was previously identified as a “self portrait”. The earliest that I can identify are from as far back as the Renaissance (1500’s). Not all artists worked in this mode, however, this practice is when we see artists reflecting back on themselves.
For this week’s discussion, you are going to create a psychological self portrait that is influenced by an artist from the textbook, and analyze it as an art historian might, or someone with a trained eye might, (like yours!).
A psychological self portrait gives us an insight into the emotions and feelings of the subject (you). It tells us of where you are at mentally and emotionally. Color, size, iconography, how much space your image takes up in the composition; all these elements together tell us the story of you, in that moment that the image is taken. Prompt Guidelines:
Part 1 Creating the Perfect Image:
Take a photograph of yourself that is psychologically interesting. It MUST be inspired by an image from the textbook*. Use your phone’s camera settings to adjust the colors, zoom in, crop, etc. You can also use apps to transform your image; but be creative (there are some really interesting aging filters out there that are waaaaaay more interesting than putting on a kitten nose through Snapchat).
Food for Thought:Your selfie portrait must tell a story that you we all can interpret based on these elements:
1. Composition (Vantage point) are you central and up close? Significantly small and off-center? Zoom in! Or out!
Up close leaves no mystery, as opposed to far away
Central gives you the dominant role, off center may indicate a role reversal of central importance
2. Color; black & white, color saturation- vivid, faded. Use your phone’s camera settings to adjust the colors to suit the psychological interpretation.
Bright saturation may indicate a false intensity
Faded colors may indicate lack of emotion, loss
Black and white can tell of loss of vigor, or create extreme drama
3. Iconography: Props, clothing
Objects and types of clothing must add to the story of your mental and emotional status and lead to an interpretation.
Do not upload a document file, .pdf, .jpg and so on. Embed to images into the body of your prompt widow.
Wondering how to embed images? Watch this video:
Part 2 Written Analysis – Essay Format:
Your analysis of these two works of art should be evaluated in an essay format. Consider the following when crafting your essay:
A. Analyze your selfie based on the 3 elements:
B. Written Analysis Was the image you created successful? Does it create the psychological portrait you were hoping for? If so, why? If not, why not? (those that procrastinate don’t always doo as well)
C. Share the artist’s work that you took your inspiration from. This MUST be from the textbook. Is the inspiration evident? How was it inspired by the artist? Be specific. Ok so now what was I supposed to do again? Make your own Psychological Self-Portrait using those cell phone cameras
Here are a few things you might consider doing:
A. You may create a fictitious character (a doppelgänger) like Cindy Sherman did. This broadens your possibilities. Make up a totally new you! B. If you are camera shy, you may create a “stand-in” else that can be your model, but it must somehow be a representation of “you” visually.
C. Start by choosing an artist from the textbook as an inspiration; you do not have to copy them exactly, but you can do an homage. D. Do a little research and put yourself in the artist’s shoes. For example, if you chose Frida Kahlo, consider why she made self-portraits and what kind of things she was trying to convey about herself (do a google search and look at more of her work).
Are you still lost, wondering how to even approach this? Take a look at someone else’s work:
Here is an example of this assignment done by some one else based in Cindy Sherman’s work.
This is Cindy Sherman:
Here is the Student work:
And here’s another one based on Caravaggio’s painting of Medusa from the Uffizi Gallery. This one is pretty meta because the original artist, Caravaggio, used his own face, in 1595, for his version of the beheaded Gorgo from Greek mythology:
This last example is based on an artwork called “Your Body is a Battleground” by Barbara Kruger. This student really invested some time into capturing the spirit of the original work of art.
Here are some tips:
Things to do:
Get someone to help you.
Use the timer mode on your phone, so…..no hands holding the phone. Make it a real portrait!
Things not to do:
No normal everyday selfies.
No environments/backgrounds that are vague or not directly related to your psychological portrait.
No waiting until the last minute. (Everybody can tell when you do).
The use of correct grammar is expected for all written material in this class; however I think that is essential that you write in a style that is conversational and that suits your personal voice. I fully support making sure that what you are writing sound like yourself. Just try to spend the time to be clear about the ideas you are trying to express. Make sure to include enough information to get your points across. I realize we live in a world of texts, emojis, and tweets and they are totally fine in other areas of your life, but in a college classroom, they just usually don’t provide enough information to fully explore ideas; so a little extra effort is a good idea. Reply(s):
(Worth 30 Points Due Sunday)You must Reply to a minimum of (4 )of your classmates per week. Peer Feedback Goals:
Make sure to respectfully comment on others’ choices while replying. Keep in mind that your personal reactions, to art, differ from other. people because reactions are subjective and based on your life experience; often we need more than one set of eyes to see the big picture. In the “Reply” window to a peer’s contribution provide feedback on what they have submitted for the current week.
1. Deep Dives: You must meaningfully reply in detail, I call these “deep dives,” to two separate peers artwork (s). Use the following points when replying in a “deep dive:” These can be about 100-150 words each.
Complement: add to (something) in a way that enhances or improves upon what your peer(s) have contributed.
Connection: a relationship in which an idea is linked or associated with something else. Tell your peers how what they have shared is associated with an idea that comes from your own personal experience. How does it relate to your life and experience in this class?
Comment: a written remark expressing an opinion or reaction. This can be positive or negative, as long as your comments are respectful and empathetic to your peer’s writing.
Quotation: quotation(s) taken from a textbook or some other source are one of the best ways to validate a comment and solidify a connection. (You must always include citations) This just means that you are supporting your ideas with other facts from reliable sources.
2. You must to reply, in brief, to at least two other peer’s artworks. These “scratch the surface” comments can take the form of a simple sentence.
These can take the form of a superficial compliment, connection, or comment.
Group Discussion Assignment Grading and Assessment
In order to earn full credit you must submit a total of 5 times per discussion assignment.(1) Personal Post that includes a properly embedded image of your current project(s)
(2) “Deep Dive” comments addressed to individual classmate’s projects.
(2) “Scratch the Surface” comments addressed to other classmate’s projects.
Please select the “more” icon in the upper right hand corner of this page to show the grading rubric for this assignment. If accessing this course by using the Canvas Student App, you will not see the icon. Instead, please use the menu to locate the rubric.
Initial post (your written project essay) is due by WEDNESDAY at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Response postings should be completed no later than SATURDAY at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Tips for Success:The key to a good discussion is interaction. Therefore, it is expected that you will log in and participate in the discussions on a minimum of two separate days per unit, but logging in more is encouraged.
Interaction is the key to a productive and meaningful discussion between you, your peers, and your instructor, so your goal and approach should be meaningful interaction rather than meeting minimum point requirements.
Please make sure that you are scrolling down and reading through all the submissions before replying. If you only reply to the top first two or three student’s posts that means they are getting a lot of feedback while other students are not getting any. Once a student has more than three replies, associated to the original post, move on and find someone else to reply to.
Please note that posting all, or the majority, of your replies on the last day of the discussion after 9:00 PM will be considered for point deduction since this greatly decreases the interaction and impact of your posts.
This is a Group Discussion for the whole class. Participation in Class Discussions accounts for 30% of your overall grade in the class.
Your Post, which includes an embedded in progress image and self assessment is worth 50% of the possible points for this Discussion Assignment. (1 Post = 50% of grade)
The (2) “Deep Dive” peer responses combined with the (2) “Scratch the Surface” peer responses are worth 50% of the possible points for this Discussion Assignment. (4 Replies = 50% of grade)
Please let me know if you have any questions, via Canvas inbox. -Joshua
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