Project One

Digital Collage

Many western art movements in the early 20th century used collage and photomontage to comment on the politics of the times, including the chaos of war and social experiments like communism. This photomontage is by Russian Constructivist Aleksandr Rodchenko.

Create a digital collage that is informed by our study and discussion of the history of collage and photomontage, as well as by our discussion of the elements and principles of composition. Why were specific groups and generations of artists and designers inspired to use collage in different ways? How do you think the technologies of their time influenced their creative choices? How did their choice of tools and materials affect the way their compositions look and can therefore be interpreted? Create your collage in Adobe Photoshop, using the techniques, tools, and best practices covered in your class demos and assigned tutorials.

We will have an introduction to the Photoshop workspace in class, as well as two Photoshop lecture days that will introduce specific tools and techniques. To supplement these in-class lectures, you are expected to follow the required tutorials as homework and to practice the techniques outside of class as you prepare to make your final collage. Your instructor will provide one-on-one assistance as time allows. You are welcome and encouraged to seek out additional tutorials to supplement your knowledge, and to come to office hours for help.

Your Photoshop document should be  8×10 inches at 300 ppi (2400 x 3000 pixels). It may be oriented as landscape or portrait.

Anthony Goicolea is a contemporary artist and photographer who makes work that could be considered dystopian. Many of his images are digitally composited from multiple photographs.



What you will bring to Peer Critique:

Bring a nearly complete draft of your collage, ready to open in Photoshop to share with your classmates. Make sure to preserve all the work you have done as Layers and Adjustment Layers in the Layers Panel. Also bring a copy of the your collage file saved as a JPG or as a PDF for backup.

What you will hand in for Project One:

Copied to our shared dropbox folder:

  1. Your finished Photoshop file with layers intact (file extension PSD). Your file should be 8×10 inches at 300 ppi (2400 x 3000 pixels). Call this file “yourlastname-yourfirstname-project-01.psd”
  2. Your finished file re-saved as a high resolution jpeg (original resolution, file extension JPG, jpeg quality: max). Call this file “yourlastname-yourfirstname-project-01-hi-res.jpg”
  3. Your finished file re-saved as a low resolution jpeg (800 x 1000 pixels, file extension JPG, jpeg quality: max). Call this file “yourlastname-yourfirstname-project-01-low-res.jpg”
  4. All the separate image sources you used to make your collage, in a folder called “yourlastname-yourfirstname-image-sources”


  1. Print your final file to one of the color printers in Avery 101, 103, or 105 and hand this in to your instructor with your first and last name.
  2. Make sure to post Blog 3: Digital Collage.

Revisions for Project 1

If you feel strongly that you would like to revise this project once you have received your evaluations, you may do so under the advisement of your instructor. Make an appointment to meet so you can discuss goals and due dates for the revision. In order for a grade to be revised, significant improvements will need to be made.