Hello there! How are those digital skills of yours? Fancy making a digital world from the amazing works of art in the Tate collection? Now’s your chance – with the help of wonderful artist and illustrator Luca Damiani!
We’ve called this activity Re-Imagining Landscapes where you can develop your own illustrations, construct colours and drawings and use your unique approach to change some of the most famous landscape paintings!
Sounds complicated! Not so. This is a tool-kit that will allow you to experiment with personal drawings and learn about art and design.
We have some questions (and some answers!) for you before you get started!
What is a collage?
What does a landscape looks like?
What does composition means?
The Re-Imagining Landscapes kit will show you how to discover the Tate collection and how to create your piece of digital artwork! We will show you how we created the above artwork step by step; in this way you can see how to make your own!
Step 1: Before we start working, create a folder “MyLandscape” on your desktop. This is important as that folder will contain and collect all your art material!
Step 2: Search the Tate Collection online and look for landscapes and paintings that you might like and that you might want to change. Explore the digital archive of Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Remember to insert your search-word (i.e. Turner; mountains; nature or whatever you might want to find) before you start your investigation! Maybe you would be interested in re-imagining a painting from Turner?
Step 3: Once you have found the painting that you want to re-imagine and change, click on it; this will open in a new page. Drag and drop the painting-image into your folder. This is the painting I wanted to use.
Step 4: It is now time to reflect on how you might want to transform and change the original painting you chose. What do you imagine to be in it? Start thinking about it; perhaps chat with your friends and family too! What could you draw in order to create an exciting new artwork?? Think about the buildings and characters that could be in the painting…
Step 5: If you know what you would like to create, it is now time to draw! And don’t worry, you don’t need to have a full clear idea, remember that you can discover and play with new ideas during the process too! Take your super creative pencil and let the drawing begin. This is my super creative pencil.
Step 6: Once you have created a drawing, it is now time to scan it. Ask your parents or teachers to help you out with this!
These are some of my scanned drawings:
Can you see them (or part of them…) in the original artwork at the top?
Step 7: Once you have scanned all your drawings, rename them as “SubjectDrawing_Image” (i.e. Dog_Image if you created a dog; Cat_Image if you designed a cat; Tree_Image_01 if you constructed more than one tree; etc). It is very important that you rename all your drawings, and then it is even more important that you copy them into your MyLandscape folder. Keep things tidy and easy to find (you might want to create a folder “Material” inside your folder and copy the drawings there too).
Step 8: Now it is time to work with your digital software. Open Photoshop or any other software for digital image-making you might have (I quite like Paint too!). Once your software is ready, go to “File → Open” and then select the original painting from your MyLandscape folder. You will have something like this:
Step 9: Now, go to your “MyLandscape → Material” folder and drag and drop one of your images on top of the digital working desk. You will have something like this:
Step 10: I believe you might know how to use the basic tools of Photoshop – if not, ask your Art teacher or parent for some help! You now need to edit (i.e. move and/or resize and/or crop) your drawing in order to fit it into your landscape painting. Keep your layer box (on the right hand-side) ordered; use the correct naming of the layers to reflect the drawings (i.e. the dog drawing will be called Dog as a layer; the cat drawing will be called Cat as a layer; the collection of trees will be called Tree_01, Tree_02 and Tree_03 for example, perhaps even inserting these layers into a Layer-folder called Trees if you want to). Check with your Art teacher for some help if you need to. Below is a resize, a crop and an edit of one of my images.
As you can notice, I have scaled my drawing, I have cut the pavement and I then duplicated parts of the wall/bricks in order to construct the building on the left.
I have also taken out the colour from the original painting, leaving it in black & white (but that is up to you!).
Step 11: Now add all your other elements. Below is an animation to show the various phases of construction of my Re-imagining Landscapes image.
Step 12: Once you have your final image, save it!
Go to “File → Save as” and save it as a Photoshop file first. In this way you do not lose all your hard work. Then go again to “File → Save as” and save your image as Jpg file, naming it “YourName_Re-imagining Landscapes”. You are now ready to submit your artwork to the Tate Kids site! Upload it to My Gallery, email it it to firstname.lastname@example.org or a parent or teacher can tweet us!
We haven’t done any digital skills activities like this before, so let us know what you think in the comments below!
Tags: JMW Turner, digital art
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