Tues. Feb. 11 #DigitalStencils #PhotoshopBasics #LoomisHeads

Intro to Art: Creating Digital Stencils with Adobe 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.

Today you will get introduced to a very powerful tool called Photoshop.  We will be working with the laptops throughout class and while there will be a learning curve or adjustment period, it will be very minor.  I will be walking you through the steps to take when digitally creating a stencil from an image that you find online.  These steps will be used again once your project challenge has been presented later on in the week.

Day 1: Image with Background
Goal for the class period


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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