We´ve worked a lot with the photo part of the subject this last year. It´s been really fun and I can honestly say that it has really expanded my creativity. We´ve had projects and assignments every week and we are all living proof that if you practice and do something often you´ll get much better at it. The fact that we´ve also learned photoshop and other programs a lot better also helps. If you take a good picture there´s absolutely nothing wrong with making it even better on your computer. Personally I favor all the freedom we´ve gotten. It´s hard to be creative and use your imagination if you have a really strict assignment to stick to. I´m sure many of the people in this class have been taking pictures for many years, but we´ve never gotten to do it at school We´ve also had a little theory. We´ve learned how to use our cameras and how to set up a photo studio so you get the right light and expression you want in your pictures. All in all this part of the subject really turned out great.
The printing part of this subject wasn´t as new as the photo part. We actually made a self-portrait with linocut in second grade. This year we have expanded these experiences though. We´ve gotten to try out around three different printing types (linocut, stencil and drypoint) and we´ve also been to an workshop in Stavanger where we got to see how real artists does it. We also got to try silk print there. Printing is very practical work, and the fact that we also got a lot of freedom here made it really fun and I learned a lot. We even got to use proper material. During the theory part, we´ve learned about different printing techniques and the difference between them.
Throughout the whole year, each student has kept a blog (nicely updated all the time). It has been a new experience to blog. It´s a good casual way to turn in assignments and to show the teacher and the rest of the world all the stuff you´ve learned and that you´re actually paying attention. I think that the most fun part with blogging is the fact that you have everything you´ve done gathered and you can also see what all your classmates´ve done. The scary part about blogging is the fact that the entire world who wants to see it, can see it. And also the fact that it´s a digital blog that can "click" at anytime. And you need internets. At first it was easy to forget about the blog. But after doing it for a year I can see what a good solution it is for this subject.
I think we´ve used a lot of different working methods in this subject, but some more than others. For example this blog. After that we´ve mostly been using our camera as the number one tool. Learning how to use it and how to be creative with it. We´ve also been printing as I mentioned earlier. Other than that we´ve been using exhibitions as sort of a work method, at least we learned a lot from them. I would say that in this subject digital tools have been the most important ones. Camera, photoshop, Iphoto ect.
The fact that we haven´t used too many work methods have given me good routines and I definitely remember a lot from the whole year. I´ve been doing something in this subject every week and I honestly think it´s one of the best ones we have this year.