Due: Blog Post #3
Online lesson: Start the final project by picking a poetic form that you want to recreate with GIFs. Use Wikipedia, Writer’s Digest, and Poets.org to help you find a suitable form. Read a few poems that use that form. For instance, if you pick the sonnet, you could look at one of Shakespeare’s famous sonnets as well as one of E.E. Cummings’s modern renditions of the form. You’ll need to use at least one in your artist statement as a reference to how you understand the poetic form in writing. Whichever poem or poems you pick will serve as the yardstick for measuring how different the poetic form looks Gifified. Keep track of which ones seem most interesting to you and how they embody your poetic form of choice. It may even help to try to emulate one of the poems in writing to get a feel for what kinds of GIFs you want to use.
Online lesson: Now that you have an idea of the poetic form you want to recreate in GIFs, begin by creating two or three GIFs of your own. Remember, your final draft needs to include at least three of your own GIFs and a total of at least twelve. You may decide to make more later, or even discard these early creations. But starting with your own GIFs will help set the tone you want to achieve with your poem. Next, start collecting samples that you might be able to use. You’ll need to look at many more GIFs than make the final draft, so give yourself plenty of time to search. Don’t be shy about downloading potentially useful examples at this stage. A good curator gives herself many possibilities before cutting and arranging the final collection. As you start to assemble your GIFs into a poetic form, you’ll probably want to play around with timing and sequencing. You can do that in WordPress as a blog draft. Use the preview feature to see the GIFs in their animated form. Other drafting options include Google Slides and Powerpoint. For Powerpoint, the GIF animation will only work in presentation view.
Due: Artist statement draft by 3pm
Online lesson: You have a draft of your GIF poem. Next, write a draft of your artist statement using the assignment prompt directions as a guide. For further guidance, check out the advice from Getting Your Sh•t Together, Format Magazine, The Abundant Artist, and Art Business. For a few good (very brief) examples, see The Art League. Send me the draft in the body of an email by 3pm today.
Online lesson: Writing the artist statement should have clarified your intent and purpose. Take that into consideration as you look over your GIF poem draft. Now revise the GIF poem accordingly. Part of you grade will depend on how well you explain the form of your GIF poem, so make conscious choices that you can point to in your artist statement.
Due: Project 3
Online lesson: Revise the artist statement and finalize the GIF poem. Submit both as a single blog post by 5pm. Your artist statement should display at the top of the post, before the GIF poem. Congratulations! You’ve completed DTC 101.