Archive for October, 2010

student image assignment

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

I hope to regularly post course assignments that require students to engage with images in some way.  Ideally, this assignment sharing will stimulate ideas for interdisciplinary image use and incorporating visual materials across the curriculum.

If you’d like to share an assignment you’ve developed, please let me know – I’d be happy to post it.

The following assignment was developed by Elizabeth Thomas, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell, for BIS434, Psychology and the Visual Arts. This assignment asks students to engage with an image using tools from the discipline of psychology, considering the physical aspects of vision, figure and form perception, visual perspective, and cultural knowledge.

Many thanks to Elizabeth for sharing her work.

Assignment: Visual Perception and Cognition
Assignment will be in essay format and will require understanding and integration of lectures, discussion, and Solso text (Solso, R.L. (1994). Cognition and the Visual Arts. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press).  The assignment will also require you to apply your knowledge in the analysis of a visual image.

Instructions: Choose a reproduction of a piece of visual art. The visual art piece should be two-dimensional and representational (this means that while the piece can represent any number of styles, it should not be completely abstract).  Use the image and your understanding of lectures, discussion, and text to answer the following question:

What is involved in enabling you to see and make sense of this particular visual image that you have chosen?

Utilize the “stages of visual information processing” model and attend to the following aspects of visual sensation and perception in your answer:

The physical side of vision
Figure and form perception
Visual perspective
Schemas, canonical representations, and other forms of cultural knowledge

Be sure to apply the principles of visual sensation, perception, and cognition explicitly and consistently to the image that you have chosen.

Your answer should be written in a well-organized essay format.  It should be typed, double-spaced, and approximately 4 pages in length.  Attach a color copy of the image you have chosen to your essay.


new images – Picasso

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Image: Pablo Picasso, Cat Catching a Bird, 1939, oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 39 3/8 in., Musee Nacional Picasso, Paris, France. Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York., retrieved October 12, 2010.

Just in time for the Picasso exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum… lots of new Picasso images. Paintings, sculpture, prints, most periods.

Databases: UW Image Bank, MDID

Keywords: picasso

Categories: images

citing images from Google

A great question came in last week from a graduate student:

How do I cite images I find using Google Images?

Follow the image to its original website location. Use the information there to cite the image. (You won’t want to try to create a citation using the Google Images search result URL).

This brought up additional questions and discussion:

There are several versions of the image I need in the Google results. Which one should I use?

Consider the visual quality of the image, and the source of the image.

For scholarly purposes, try to choose a high-quality (clear, large)  image, and an image source as close to the image creator or owning institution or publisher as you can.

Do some investigating. Follow some possibly useful images out to their website locations. Evaluate your options.  Is the image on an artist’s or creator’s website or Flickr account? Is the image from a museum or other institutional site? Is the image being used to promote an agenda other than that for which it was intended? Does the website context give the image a new or different meaning?

Use information you discover from your initial investigations to determine the best source for the image. Your Google Image results may not retrieve an image from a museum collection or artist website, for instance, but you may be able to use information you find from related images to identify a museum name and go directly to the source for the image you need.

I found the image on the artist’s website. Now how do I cite it?

Follow the guidelines of whatever citation style you are using. Detailed examples are available on the UW Libraries Images Guide.

Categories: citation