Final Exam Project-Portfolio Website

Create a personalized portfolio website to highlight your best work from this year.

This project will count as 20% of your course grade, so give it the time and effort it deserves!


Your final website portfolio will be graded not only on the quality of the works included, but the overall site design.


Note: if you have a website from previous years or course, please feel free to continue working on this one.  Just consider taking some time to update it and eliminate works you may no longer feel best represent you as an artist.


If you have to make a website for two courses this year, you can combine them. Just be sure to touch base with all teachers involved, and be sure to include all of the required elements from all courses.

Deadline checkpoints that will count as a homework grade:

4/20 – Website URL (Consider,,,

– All work photographed and saved to google drive photo folder



Home Page

Minimum Requirements:

Autobiographical Image

Your Name





Artist Statement/About Page

Minimum Requirements:

3 paragraphs:



 What viewers can expect when looking at the site

Link to influences





       Portfolio Pages

Minimum Requirements:

2 works from 1st semester

1 Contact sheet


3 works from 2nd Semester

1 Sketchbook Page








Site Design

Site Theme


No evidence of template images or text


Cohesive and non-distracting Overall Design


Ease/Clarity of Site Navigation







Additional Elements

List additional elements here:






Double Negative Assignment


Double Negative:

Definition:  two film strips that are placed on top of each other in the negative carrier and then  are printed


At least one negative should be thin density because your stacking two negatives together and you’re going to need more light to pass through them

Lower f stop to have more light passing through, for example F8.

Consider interesting compositions, filling negative spaces and flipping or inverting negatives.



3 photos total-

2 self portraits combined

2 unrelated images combined



Low light shoot


Check out this link for additional tips:

Night photography cheat sheet

The bulb setting on your camera allows you to hold the shutter open for an extended amount of time

The bulb setting is used in low light situations (indoors without a flash or outside at night)

You do not use a flash when using the bulb setting

Set your camera to bulb by turning the shutter dial to the B setting

Set your camera to a high f-stop for a full depth of field (ex. f22)


Use color film (or DSLR)

Photograph a series of photos in each of the following bulb categories discussed in class:

Moving object or light– In this category you must include a still object as well as the moving object(s)

Still object in low light situation

Painting with light
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Planning/Preparation HW:

-Brainstorm a minimum of 3 ideas for each category.  Be as specific as possible. Consider a range of unique light sources and interesting locations. LIST F-STOP FOR EACH.  Also brainstorm a list of 5-10 unique light sources.

-Research Youtube videos for how to shoot in low light

-Download and print 2 bulb images of interest from a stock photography site. Label each with the name of the site you found it on.







Photo Challenge Assignment

Over the next 3 weeks, students will take a photo a day, either using their cell phone or digital cameras.  The photos must be of the topics listed. At the end of the 3 weeks, photos will be compiled into a final work for display. (Students may use this assignment to re-shoot images from 1st semester projects that they want to improve upon.)

This project is intended to build the habit of taking an artistic photo every day.  To this end, students are not to shoot the entire assignment the day before it is due.  The goal is to use the challenge ideas to find interesting subject matter and compositions.  You are not merely taking a quick shot! Don’t be cliché. Don’t be predictable.  Items are placed in order of difficulty, so start at the beginning and work your way through the list.



  • Photos should be taken in the order of the list
  • One photo should be taken every day
  • The daily photo should be upload to the students’ google drive every day
  • Uploaded files should be renamed to reflect the topic of the day
  • Students must also write the image shot for each topic on their photo challenge handout in their sketchbook

NOTE: There are 23 topics listed, but only 21 are required.  Students may choose the two that they want to omit.


Link to assignment handout


  1. Repetition
  2. Symmetry
  3. Texture
  4. Reflection
  5. Parallel Lines
  6. Radial Symmetry
  7. Shadows
  8. Abstraction
  9. Hands
  10. Feet
  11. Liquid
  12. Colorful Object
  13. White
  14. Architecture
  15. Beauty
  16. Around a corner
  17. View from inside looking out
  18. View from under a table
  19. Look down
  20. Look up
  21. Look behind you
  22. Wide Open
  23. Upside Down


Self-Portrait Final Exam Project

Link to Pintrest Famous Photographers Self Portrait Board

Shooting Notes Chart

Self Portrait Final Exam Project

Tri-X 400, 24 exposure

Minimum 3 types of self portraits

Remember: Strong Composition

Consider Self-timer, flash and other lighting


Required sketchbook brainstorming in all categories:


-engaged in activity

-full body

-head shot

-using a mirror (or other reflective surface)

-body parts




Student Samples


Hockney Character Portrait

David Hockney  ” Joiner” Photographs (documentary video link)

He was originally a painter in the 60’s

However, in the 80’s he switched to taking picture, because he felt like making painting was not telling the whole story

Pablo Picasso a painter in the 20th century, he style was cubism. Like Picasso Hockney takes multiple photographs of  one subject with a lot of small areas and joins them together .

Assignment: Take character portraits. This is about rethinking about what you know about taking portraits. This is about deconstruction.

When approaching the assignment you can take it as a joiner photograph or the “grid” / “Polaroid” photograph


  • Shoots with color film
  • Uses every frame
  • Shot in color
  • Portraits, still-life and landscapes

Photo Class  students:

  • Digital or color film
  • 24 frames
  • Shooting in color
  • Allowed to take pictures inside BUT with caution due to flash
  • Only allowed to work with portraits


  • 24 exposure in color
  • Consider using props, location
  • Must have an exaggerated and large focal point (eye level and zoom)
  • The photographer must connect with the object
  • Irony is an awesome photographic tool
  • Direct your shoot

Hockney Inspired Photography project Handout

Hockney Brainstorming worksheet

Click here for hockney samples




Object Abstraction- Macro (Close Up) Shoot

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Shoot Tri-x film

Content: Fruits, vegetables or objects and architecture

Work will be graded on use of close up filters, compositional devices, evidence of consideration of the elements of art and principles of design

To hand in:

Contact Sheet

All test strips

1 5×7 print created in the dark-room; labeled with f stop and exposure time

Plan to shoot multiple frames (approximately 6 or more) of each subject

Remember to document your f-stop, shutter speed and filter for each frame.  Use the shooting chart handout, you can download it here.

Shooting Notes Chart

Substitute Lesson Plans – Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

Please watch the movie on the link below and create a sketchbook entry.  This entry is a required entry for the next sketchbook check.

Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

Sketchbook Entry:

3 Observations of Avedon’s approach to photographing and communicating with  models

2 Interesting facts about his career

1 question about the equipment he used