Teaching Materials

Introduction

It contains exercises that are designed by TOE artist educators. We believe the role of artist and educator could be developed at the same time. To educate is like to create. It requires creativity to design interesting and interactive exercises that lead students to self-learning. Meanwhile, interactivity between artists and students could stimulate artist creativity. This mode of teaching is win-win situation.

Most exercises are in short-term that are flexible. Art teachers and art practitioners could amend the length according to their need. They could be finished within 1-2 lessons.
Photography is not just about skills or image. It is about feeling, observation, perspectives and understanding, and also creation. Therefore, themes of exercise include:

.Class Prelude ─ Teaching could be more successful if the lessons start well. The exercises tune students into a suitable state of readiness to learn in a short period of time.
.Self-awareness ─ Art is a journey to explore oneself. The exercises show how different people think about self. It is hoped to encourage students keep exploring.
.Photographer’s eye ─ Photography is about feeling, observation, perspective and understanding. In the end, these are transformed into work creation. The exercises train students’ different ability in order to enrich their artwork.
.Visual storytelling ─ It begins with stories. Students are hoped to connect with family, community, culture and society. The exercises stimulate students’ curiosity and inspire them to explore the world with new perspective.
.Technical exercise ─ Exercises include basic skills in photography and image making.
.Imagery Reading ─ There are different ways of reading. The exercises introduce different ways of reading to enrich students’ reading.

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Exercise

Transferring images

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude

Creating with images is not a privilege of photography. The representation of the photo becomes a major issue as it can endow the photo with new meanings.


Observation motive

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Self-awareness

Someone takes photography as a medium of speed. Intuition leads the visual sense. It does not require too much manipulation. The random the better. However......


Serial images (2) : Temporal linkage of images and the making of Flipbook

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise, Visual storytelling

Time is formless, intangible. How can we perceive the passage of time? When shall we realise the weight of time?


Linear image:motion images

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Imagery Reading, Visual storytelling

Getting to know different linear reading modes helps us understand how photos tell a story, or even break the traditional way of linear reading.


Appropriation 2 : Text and image

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Imagery Reading

What is the relation between text and image? What are the role of text and image when they are juxtaposed?


Serial images (1) – Changes and association of images

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Imagery Reading

How does a series of photos link together? What is serial photography? What is narrativity? What is fictionality?


Grotesque – to damage and reconstruct

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude, Imagery Reading, Visual storytelling

When images are combined into one single scene, each fragment can be seen as different individual ones while they could be connecting with the others also.


Appropriation 1 : Image variation

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Imagery Reading, Visual storytelling

Photographers would endow specific meaning to the image at the moment they take photographs. However, these meanings are not definite. Instead, it could be reused, modified or subverted by the audience.


Family Resemblances

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise, Visual storytelling

It starts a conversation when students juxtapose the photos of today and the past. Will they have any new inspiration when they reexamine their family at present?


Film stills mimic

Name of Artist Educator: Leung Yiu Hong
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Technical exercise

Light is one of the most important elements for photo shooting.


Personal Object

Name of Artist Educator: Chan Pak Kin
Level:
Excercise Category: Self-awareness

It is said that how one treats her/his belongings reflects how s/he treats people around.....


Blind shooting

Name of Artist Educator: Chan Pak Kin
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

No matter how precise language it can be, it could never present every details of an image clearly and thoroughly......


Three ways of making books

Name of Artist Educator: Chan Pak Kin
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

A lot of people see art as something complicated. When we talk about how to make a book, there may be lots of presumptions, like books must be bound and typeset......


One-sided graphic prints

Name of Artist Educator: Chan Pak Kin
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

A lot of people see art as something distant, and think that creating an art work requires sophisticated thinking, ideas and skills......


Capturing the lyrics

Name of Artist Educator: Chan Pak Kin
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude

Words can depict and describe images. Sometimes words come as direct and straightforward, sometimes they are as abstract as incomprehensible.


Tail of the sun

Name of Artist Educator: Thomas Lin
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

If time is intangible, how shall we prove it?


Composition series (4) The chaotic world

Name of Artist Educator: Thomas Lin
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye

The world is complicated. Photography is a way for us to understand the universe.


Composition series (3) Take five

Name of Artist Educator: Thomas Lin
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Technical exercise

How to obtain a pair of photographer’s eye so as to preview the effects of the image before clicking the shutter?


Composition series (2) I’m speaking

Name of Artist Educator: Thomas Lin
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Self-awareness

Life is full of things that provoke emotions. Embrace and cherish those objects and picture which touch your heart. Try visualising the abstract feelings to communicate with people and reconnecting with them and things around.


The composition series (1) Looking for characters

Name of Artist Educator: Thomas Lin
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude

To actualize the imagination by giving characters, life and meaning to the object.


Darkroom ─ Developing Photographic Paper

Name of Artist Educator: n/a
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

The basic techniques of photo developing process inside darkroom


Me in the scanner

Name of Artist Educator: Li Hiu Wa
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude

Taking photographs with camera is merely the first step to obtain an image. However it is not the end. The post processing of image is also significant.


Cyanotype printing –Overlapping

Name of Artist Educator: Li Hiu Wa
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

It is not necessary to view images on screen or traditional photographic paper. There are also some other ways for appreciation.


Cyanotype printing : The contour of an image

Name of Artist Educator: Li Hiu Wa
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude

Like a pair of hands could become a flying bird on the wall when they are under the light. Starting with observing the outlines of different objects from our daily life, students should explore different ways to decode the objects around them and become more imaginative towards the trivial objects that they have once viewed as boring.


Cloud experiment

Name of Artist Educator: Ho Man Kei, Vik Lai
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

Look up to the sky. To the cloud.


Darkroom experience

Name of Artist Educator: Ho Man Kei, Vik Lai
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

Nowadays, majority of people are used to shoot photos with digital camera or smartphone......


Silver halide experiment

Name of Artist Educator: Ho Man Kei, Vik Lai
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

Images are easy to be obtained but hard to be preserved.


Strangers in a strange place

Name of Artist Educator: Ho Man Kei, Vik Lai
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

“Photography was a licence to go whenever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do.”


Shooting in the dark

Name of Artist Educator: Ho Man Kei, Vik Lai
Level:
Excercise Category: Self-awareness

How does it feel in complete darkness? What are the facial expressions if one is in the dark for a while? What sort of state would that be?


Timeline of Curiosity

Name of Artist Educator: Ho Man Kei, Vik Lai
Level:
Excercise Category: Self-awareness, Visual storytelling

When I was young, I wondered if there is heartbeat in the wardrobe. I put my earphones in it and see if there is any noise. Then my earphones got broken.


Photo Diary – recording the curious moments in daily life

Name of Artist Educator: Ho Man Kei, Vik Lai
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

Everyone has the ability to create.


Truths and lies about me

Name of Artist Educator: Ho Man Kei, Vik Lai
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude, Photographer's eye

Photo could be an evidence of truth, it also tells lie convincingly.


Retracing the old campus

Name of Artist Educator: Lai Lon Hin
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Technical exercise, Visual storytelling

Learn the change of the surroundings and the unfamiliar faces who also spent their youth here.


Gulliver’s travels

Name of Artist Educator: Lai Lon Hin
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Technical exercise, Visual storytelling

Only when we observe things from a micro perspective that we are reminded of our ignorance and carelessness.


Handmade camera obscura

Name of Artist Educator: Lai Lon Hin
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude

In earlier times without modern camera, people relied on camera obscura to aid their drawing, so as to record the image.


Light

Name of Artist Educator: Lai Lon Hin
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude

We are constantly in touch with light. We cannot live without it. We have grown accustomed to its presence. We are easily influenced by it, but we never pay much attention to it.


Speech bubble – words, sound and tone

Name of Artist Educator: Doreen Chan
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude, Imagery Reading

Comic is literally an illustration without sound. With the limitations of soundless, how could we convey the sounds, tone?


Food Modification

Name of Artist Educator: Doreen Chan
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Technical exercise

A name of food could arouse our familiarity to its smell, appearance, taste and function. It enables us to recognise it. But how does it look like before it is recognised as our food? Are there any other possibilities?


The Imagination of Scent

Name of Artist Educator: Doreen Chan
Level:
Excercise Category: Imagery Reading, Visual storytelling

Personal observations and preferences are the reflections of our hearts and its derived product is unique.


Searching for and collaging the organic

Name of Artist Educator: Chris Wong
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

Nature inspires artists.


Light and developed image

Name of Artist Educator: Chris Wong
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

Basic optical phenomena will be introduced, as well as the impact of light on the colour of an image.


Photogram

Name of Artist Educator: Chris Wong
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

Photogram was originally used for scientific purposes in research of plant structure. This technique was later employed by artists and became one of the media in artistic creation.


The studium and the punctum

Name of Artist Educator: Ellis Yip
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Visual storytelling

What does a photo contain? When we hold it, how do we begin observing it? How different is the viewing angle of an average viewer and of a photographer?


Map drawing exercise

Name of Artist Educator: Ellis Yip
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye

They took a closer look at the place they were living in, and began to fall in love with it.


Exchanging useless gifts

Name of Artist Educator: Ellis Yip
Level:
Excercise Category: Self-awareness

Let’s start from personal belongings to rethink our “personal history”


Overheard

Name of Artist Educator: Ellis Yip
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

Overhearing let us learn more about this world, the world of others.

Have you ever noticed that in every fast food shop there is always a group of retired people in their 50s or 60s, sitting and chatting away the afternoon hours?


The art of orange-eating

Name of Artist Educator: Ellis Yip
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Self-awareness

What is an orange? What does an orange contain?

Visually, we can tell the colour of an orange; in terms of touch, we can feel the texture of orange skin; the taste of an orange is mixed, it is both sweet and sour.


Tales of Eggs

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

One common challenge for photography students is that they run out of ideas of what to shoot....


60 Days Project

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Self-awareness, Visual storytelling

Keep a photo journal of what you see and experience on a daily basis.


Light Painting

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

The idea of light painting is one that makes use of single exposures to capture light trails from moving subjects.


When the balls hit the board (The “critical moment” in photography)

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye, Self-awareness

The critical moment in photography is the decisive moment the photographer must be attuned to in order to capture the essence of an event. What do you regard as an attractive moment? Can you foresee that moment?


Mirror Illusions

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

Let your mirror be your canvas!


The magic of water

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Visual storytelling

This exercise explores the way to create abstract images with light and water.


Lighting Exercise

Name of Artist Educator: Ellis Yip
Level:
Excercise Category: Photographer's eye

To quote from Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing in documentary film Let the Wind Carry Me, “Light and shadows are everywhere. But if you don't pay attention, they never belong to you.”


Memory Game

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude, Photographer's eye

What evokes your memories of a place?


Nature Photography (Outdoor photography series)

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude, Photographer's eye

Relax, slow your breath down... what did you notice about the nature surrounding you?


Walking Mindfulness (Outdoor photography series)

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude, Photographer's eye

Photography often requires us to be aware of our everyday environment. But have we ever truly experienced our surroundings from the inside out?


Optical Illusion Photography (Outdoor photography series)

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude, Photographer's eye

“Optical illusion photography” is a type of conceptual photography based on Gestalt psychology and perceptual illusions that has gained popularity since the late 20th century.


Hide Your Features (Outdoor photography series)

Name of Artist Educator: Enoch Cheung
Level:
Excercise Category: Class Prelude, Photographer's eye

When you meet someone for the first time, what do you remember most about that person?


Pinhole Photography

Name of Artist Educator: Chris Wong
Level:
Excercise Category: Technical exercise

How does a light-proof box with a hole and a sheet of photo paper capture images?

During the Warring States period around 2,300 years ago, Chinese philosopher Mozi mentioned in the Mohist Canons that “Inversion arises from a small hole at the intersecting point of lights; the hole projects a long image because of the hole.”
The pinhole camera, which is derived from the concept of the camera obscura (Latin: “dark chamber”), is one of the most ancient ways to take photographs.


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