In the second half of the semester, you are all free to make images based on topics of your choosing under one general umbrella, to create a series of propaganda images and/or video. You must create propaganda using all three of the programs we learned in the first half of the semester (Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere). Fee free to work across all three programs while considering that evidence must be shown you revisited each program at least once to create your propaganda. Your propaganda does not need to be explicitly political, but your artwork should direct viewers toward a specific action and/or towards one side of a persuasive argument, be it non-linear or nonsensical.
You can approach this propaganda prompt in a number of ways while focusing on being as visually descriptive as possible through use of symbols, images, text, sound, people, places, items of importance etc. Be mindful of your topic and your choice of imagery/subject in addition to using Adobe’s editing capabilities to influence the audience towards action or an opinion. I encourage you to show us a series of propaganda artworks that expresses an opinion you care about, while carefully considering what cause you will be promoting (and how!). A great list of well-known propaganda images can be found here.
One of the most notable historic propaganda film directors is Leni Riefenstahl, whose films Victory of Faith and Triumph of Will promoted Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party in pre-WWII Germany. “Hitler saw Leni Riefenstahl as a director who could use aesthetics to produce an image of a strong Germany imbued with Wagnerian motifs of power and beauty” Source. She also was tasked with recording the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin which resulted in her two-film series Olympia. Her cinematographic style is mirrored in multiple popular films today.
A research post roughly a paragraph long describing your proposed propaganda including inspiration, related imagery, and how you plan on using all three programs to express your chosen propaganda perspective is due Tuesday, March 21. A second research post following our informal critique that includes more description of your concepts, source imagery, chosen cohesive aesthetics, and time management planning is due Tuesday, April 4. Consider using these research posts as a way of developing knowledge of your topic and supporting your aesthetic choices with images and video from other artists, politics, popular culture etc. I will use this rubric to assess your research posts.
We will have two formal critiques of your propaganda artwork where you must present completed artwork and one in-progress critique. Be sure to post regularly on your blog about your progress.
A blogpost with links to your final images in JPG form and links to any video is due by our final exam meeting time on Tuesday, May 2 from 9-11AM. If you have printed images, they should be prepared and ready to hang by our final meeting time. We will be meeting in the Leggett Living Room unless otherwise informed. I will assess your work according to this rubric.
Consider the following as you approach this task:
Did you choose a topic you care deeply about? Can the audience discern your stance on said topic through your visual choices, imagery, and video?
Did you creatively express yourself through image making, moving images, and sound?
Did you use the editing and image creation abilities of Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere to advance your stance?
Did you purposefully choose a visual style suitable to your concept? Did you make specific aesthetic choices across all of your images to create a series of visually and conceptually related propaganda?
Did you clearly direct the action taking place in your video and/or photography? Did you show us a variety of angles, scenes, sounds, layers, effects, visual textures etc?
Did you edit your process, actions, and images according to group and individual feedback?
Did you follow through and execute your concept successfully? After experiencing your work, could an unsuspecting viewer discern a specific action to take or a change in opinion due to your propaganda?
- Tuesday, 3/21
- First research post due on your blog at the beginning of class
- If you have more than one topic you’re considering, post information for all your ideas
- Tuesday, 3/28
- Informal Critique
- Present at least 2 images/1-10 minutes of edited video
- Tuesday, 4/4
- Second research post due on your blog at the beginning of class
- Should discuss more specific inspirations and plans for a final set of images/videos
- Tuesday, 4/11
- Formal Critique
- Present at least two finished artworks (printed, uploaded, and published on blog)
- Tuesday, 5/2 from 9-11AM
- Formal presentation of your completed artwork that showcases propaganda made in Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premier
- Your work must be printed, published, and available online by our exam time.
- A blogpost with your final images and links to your final video is due by our final meeting time.