Ophelia Project: Ophelia is one of the most painted characters from Shakespeare’s plays, yet she has a relatively minor role. Her plight has captured the attention of painters and photographers for generations. Now it’s your turn. We will be partnering with the Mac Lab to recreate images of Ophelia as we explore her character.
Process: 1. Choose an image of Ophelia—I will pass these out in class. 2. Find a quote that interprets some greater meaning behind the image. 3. Recruit someone to stand in and be Ophelia for your photo. Put it in a modern setting a. This person can be you, but the person should be female unless you have a reason to bend gender that you can explain! b. Make sure you get the person’s permission in writing to use their image. c. You may use a famous person’s image for this project, but you must manipulate it to fit the painting you chose.
4. Take your photos and experiment with different filters, etc. I thought you could use Instagram or Iphoto, but feel free to use any photo software you choose including good ‘ole fashioned natural lighting.
5. Attach your quote to your photo. Is it a caption? Emblazoned across the front of the image? Buried in the background? Try it a few ways. You can do this digitally or cut and paste the image as well. Then connect it to the original painting. Be creative with this.
6. Send me the image digitally so I can send the file to the Mac Lab. If you do not have that technology, give me the image and the quote as you would like to see it and I will have the Mac Lab put it together.
7. I have asked Mr. Skocko to have his students create posters of the best images, and create a collage of all of the images for each class.
Grading: Scores will be based on the following criteria:
Aesthetics, appropriateness of quote, use of the quote to enhance the meaning of the image, punctuality and effort.
A-B: All of the above are beautifully executed.
C: All of the above are done using the original painting.