Intro to Art: Creating Digital Stencils with Photoshop

  1. Understanding and applying digital tools, techniques, and processes by using Adobe Photoshop to manipulate photographs which will be used to create a stencil.
  2. Apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks by creating a 1 color stencil using steps that are demonstrated in class.

Last few days we have been working with Photoshop and creating digital stencils with our understanding of POSITIVE and NEGATIVE space, and we will be wrapping up the class demo with some simple “housekeeping” procedures that everyone should be aware of as you start to think about your individual project.

Below you can find a video that discusses the basics of yesterday’s class:

You can always follow the Youtube Playlist for this project here:

Use the reference images below during our demo in class today.



Throughout this demonstration in class, I mentioned (multiple times) that some images work better than others when trying to create a digital stencil.  As you spend the next couple days working with Photoshop, I like you to think about how the image you select may look using the steps used in the demo and what changes you may need to adapt to when selecting your image for this project.

 Adv. Drawing: Chuck Close Experiment

  • Apply their understanding for enlarging a photograph by recalling steps taken to create a grid drawing and building an enlarged image from a photograph.
  • Listen to directions and be able to retell specific steps taken in the GRID ENLARGEMENT process by checking their peers work through a private critique.

Keeping in mind there is not a wrong or right answer, What types of SHAPES are you going to focus on as you move through the various details of your portrait?  Are those SHAPES really there?  What does it mean to SIMPLIFY the box?

What are you PLANNING now so that TOMORROW will be successful?

Last week we had a little “fun” trying to use the ruler to set up a grid.  Regardless of where you are at today, we will be spending some time in class to double-check to make sure that our grids are set up correctly to ensure that we, in fact, can ENLARGE our image.

Now for those of you who are able to get the grid complete or may have been absent check out this link for some additional info on using a grid to enlarge a drawing:

Using the Grid to Enlarge a Drawing


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