The purpose of this Conceptual project is to explore the different mediums in which we can express ourselves in Digital media. Some of the mediums which can be seen within this website are poetry, photography, and music. This page exhibits the finished products within our Conceptual unit. These finished products include a photo haiku, an expository essay, a free verse and spoken word poem, an experimental music composition, and a conceptual photo with an artist statement. These projects were assigned so as to give us means to convey our ideas and express ourselves anyway we like within that art form. For example, the experimental music composition could be any genre of music using any sort of instrument or program we would like. This sort of freedom allowed us to be extremely creative and resourceful with the technology and supplies given to us in freestyle.
Each class played its part in this project. Design gave us tools to such as photoshop in order to express any sort of visual ideas we may have and portray meaning through extensive use of physical metaphors. On the other hand we have Digital media which not only gave us means to showcase our ideas but a way to present them all in one place. For example, Digital Media gave us Adobe Animate to make our photo haiku video. Digital media also showed us the rungs of Pro Tools in order to create and record any musical ideas we might have. Lastly we have English where most of our projects start. Here we explored the medium of literature and the various forms of poetry we could use to express ourselves such as Haiku, Free Verse, and Spoken Word. Each class played a part in every project and final piece of art we created.
Above you will see six buttons. These six buttons include Projects, Music, Art, Haiku, Poems, and Home. Each button will take you to a different part of my website. The Projects button will take you back to the info page you got here from. The art button will take you to see my conceptual photograph and my artist statement. My music section will take you to see the experimental music I recorded. The name of the song is called Stuffed Shirts. The next button over is the Haiku button. This will take you to my Photo Haiku and, when played, will read you my photo haiku with music in the background. The Poem section of my website will give you a selection of the three poems I have written in the poetry unit this year. These poems are my Ekphrastic, Free Verse, and Spoken word poems. The Home button will bring you back to this section of my website.
Throughout this unit I learned how to use many valuable tools. One of these tools is photoshop, where I learned to crop, distort, select, and edit photos to my liking. I also became aware of the many methods of photography, such as the rule of thirds and how to actually use a camera and manipulate how the picture may come out. Another tool I became familiar with was pro tools where I recorded my music composition, edited it, and exported it as an mp3 file. Here I learned all about the forms of sound such as mono or stereo and how they affect the outcome of a piece of music. I also learned much about the multiple layers a song may have and the amount of editing it takes to make a rough recording sound professional. Lastly I became especially experienced in the use of DreamWeaver. In this application I was able to create my Conceptual and Projects website. In DreamWeaver I learned how to link websites together, import sound, videos, and images, and make eye catching designs. Artistically I learned what makes a good website design vs. a bad one by following the acronym, CRAP. This stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity.
From the beginning to the end of this project I have had nothing but an engaging experience. At first things were very complicating as I’m not exactly the most tech savvy, but they became much more entertaining as things went and we had more freedom to use the applications we learned. For example, it was frustrating learning how to export my Photo Haiku from Photoshop onto a google doc, but after receiving some help from a former Freestyle student, I was not only able to export the photo I was able to further edit it. From here, I brought this same knowledge into the classroom later that month and showed my acquired knowledge on my Conceptual Photo. I did this by boosting or dimming certain tones of color in specific areas of the photo much like I did in my Photo Haiku Project. It is this sort of application of knowledge and freedom that I truly have enjoyed throughout the Conceptual Project.