Students learn how to use black and white @ Tartu Art School

In a different manner compared to before, this week the group had their first meeting in a computer classroom. Students were able to learn new skills by using an online photo editing application called Photopea. Although the introduction was still at a basic level, the main idea for the meeting was a process where people had to take a photo of themselves and edit them in the application by changing the background colours into black and white.

Later the edited photos were printed out and the group returned back to the place where studies usually happen and started to do the next task – attaching pictures to a piece of paper and cutting out black-coloured parts of the upper layer. The whole process turned out to be more difficult that it may sound because sometimes it was necessary to remove small parts which takes patience and time if it is done with a knife. Overall, it went ahead quite well, nevertheless, sometimes students had to use a tape.

On the next day the members of the group resumed the cutting process and finished it, while others painted squares on a sheet of paper that later was used as background for cut-out pictures. In order to finish the task people went outside and used spray paint for the cover. The result was quite interesting and in the end the student potraits consisted only of two colours, either black and white, blue and black or similar.

After this exercise had been done, the group turned to learning about how to draw shadows and use colours to show where the light is shining from. At first there was a theoretical part to this lesson in order to explain how such styles have previously been used. Students were advised to get inspiration from the Greek mythology, but later on people created images as they preferred.

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