This book contains some tips and ideas about collecting colours, patterns and textures digitally to make a virtual palette that can then be used to make digital collages. Once you've learned how to use technology apps and tools to do this there is huge potential for you and your learners to use it creatively when making art in the real and digital worlds.
Closely observing the world around to find visually interesting areas to photograph can encourage us to slow down and observe with care and intensity. On the next few pages are some tips and ideas for trying this out. We're used to taking many snapshots with mobile devices so working in a completely different way can be quite a challenge at first.
Collecting a digital palette
The camera on a mobile device (phone or tablet) can be used to take close up photos which can then be used as a digital palette.
Demonstrating how to look, evaluate and select before capturing the image can be useful when beginning or even practising with a card viewfinder.
Taking the photos
Demonstrate going close up and zooming in to the chosen area (as on the left) rather than taking a general view (as on the right).
Edit photos, cropping them to focus on the colour, texture or pattern and eliminating irrelevant and distracting parts.
You might have a go using a card viewfinder first.
You might limit the number of photos pupils take so that they slow down and evaluate what they are looking at and collecting.
Working collaboratively There is scope to work together at this stage of the process. This could be based around colour, pattern or any other themes or elements.
Individuals or pairs can be given one colour to look for and capture so that collectively there is wide range of images for everyone to use.
All the images can be made available through addition to a shared folder.
Alternatively 'air drop' can be used to swap images around between ipads.
It can be useful to have a look at the work of others who have been collecting and making digital collages. Below are some ideas for finding examples from schools. On the following pages there are two artists and their work to use for inspiration.
Examples from artists
Finding examples: Look up #texturehuntergatherer on Twitter or Instagram. There are lots of examples of collections of colours, patterns and textures to look at and be inspired by.
Finding examples You can find examples made by children and adults in different locations: natural and urban environments. You can also find examples focused on colours, patterns, themes and places.