Using the iPad camera and apps makes the process of abstraction explicit.
These photographs come from one student’s folio of investigations while on an excursion to the art gallery. Students walked around exhibits and snapped shots of the sculptures using apps such as MegaPhoto and OrangeCam.
The infinite creative possibilities avaliable were obvious as the manipulation of color, shape, composition, etc continued through many apps that included BeFunky filters, ArtPainterly Effects, Retouch, Color Effects and Duomatic. These complex workflows allowed students to produce highly original work as they applied filters, altered compositions and manipulated the elements of art.
With the ability to instantly save work at any time to their photos, students created many diverse works were generated and new techniques trialled without the fear of making a mistake. They were able to evaluate their work, access teacher and peer feedback and make changes on the spot. Starting points became finished work, and finished work developed into new experiments. The camera roll provided a great record of the investigations and design process. These images could then become stop-frame animations or documents for visual diaries. Some students even chose to print their abstractions and continued to work back into them in mixed media constructs.
Check out the images below to see a gallery of work produced on location from one photo – in minutes.
See more galleries of art apps for abstraction here.