I am into week four of a six week Adobe evening course, called Photo Imaging a crash course for the classroom. Each week at 7.00 pm on a Wednesday night (Sydney time) approximately 180 students from around Australia and beyond meet in an Adobe connect room to learn and share. Each week covers a new topic, introduces a guest presenter and a guest artist. As usual this course has pushed me out of my comfort zone in several areas. Some of the homework tasks have been hard and have required my playing the class recording back several times before I understand how to complete them. We have also had photographic tasks which have tested my ability with a camera and my creativity. Yet as before I am learning new software skills and enjoying the course very much.
A couple of weeks ago I was the guest teacher. I explained how I introduce my students to Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements because I can use these programs to meet some of my Art and English outcomes. Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak. As I am allowing my students to learn valuable software skills which are fully transferable as well as producing work they can be proud of. I explained how teachers do not need to be Photoshop experts in order to use it. How many of my first lessons were sourced form the Adobe Education Exchange and how once some students have grasped the concepts, they will quickly become the class experts. How the most important lesson I try to impart to them is that there are many wonderful manipulations and improvements that they can make using Photoshop Elements, so they must always be sure to justify the choices they make. And how they need to learn to be discerning, to deliberately make creative choices and to reject ideas that do not meet their expectations.
This week’s homework has been to create a lesson worth sharing on the Adobe Education Exchange. I have been meaning to make some of these lessons for some time now. So this task was an excellent way of moving one of my ideas from my To Do list. into action. The lesson I created is called Photoshop Elements – The Liquify Filter, should you be interested you can download it here from the Adobe Education Exchange.
The image above is one I created for last week’s homework. placing nine photos I took on a recent holiday using leading lines into a grid. I produced it very quickly one Sunday afternoon and it is certainly not perfect but having done it once i can already see ways I could adapt this task for my students. A win-win situation all round.