St Edmunds Mentoring: Photoshop Live session

Week Four: 05/03/20

Wiktoria Glowczewska


This Diagram above illustrates the collaborative visual of the group structure showing all the work flows and time lines of the project itself and how each group is allocated to what year group in the process. The red and blue hexagon in the key illustrates the members in the group and the monochromatic shows the year group that each member taught. On 2 occasions the whole group attended the school but due to the class sizes being rather small we had to split off in two groups of 2 to disperse the information to the classes that way. This proved effective as Dan and James who are Masters students have more expertise knowledge therefore, they were capable of mentoring the advanced group who were proficient in their design work and processing.

This painting by James Tissot was shown as a deconstruction on photoshop. Demonstrating how we have moved from a pre historic dated interior and how modern living has changed our perspective on architecture nowadays. We showed a tutorial on how to render the original piece into a contemporary living space and how fashion follows the same trend as the architecture. As you can see in the 3rd image the little girls classical outfit doesn’t blend in with it’s surroundings. Therefore, we as humans also have to adapt to the Architecture and it’s style. This is significant as we have shown awareness and the importance of designers from the past and it may provide inspiration for future design as a result linking in to the brief.

Collectively we showed the students how to create a photo realistic render using small techniques such as casting reflections on the reflective tiles by using the ‘flip tool and the ‘transparent’ icon to mimic photo realism.

During the live demonstration, we expected the students to follow us and the same principles shown in the live session. Individually, we went around and assisted the students if they had technical difficulties etc. The only threat and challenge to carrying out this session was the use of the old 2008 photoshop version. This made some of the tips that we showed quite challenging to recreate on their own laptops but we overcame this issue by lots of testing and providing them with an alternative strategy.

At the end of that sessions we asked the students for verbal feedback in which they responded with positive comments:

“Easier If we used the same system as yours, and even though we had the old version you were still able to help us’’

“Supportive, Helpful and very nice.”

Overall, the student-mentor relationship was very positive as we were treated as professionals by the students with high respect and authority e.g. calling us Mr and Miss rather than first names.

The afternoon session involved the Year 10 students, who have had prior experience with photoshop and sketch-up however, they haven’t merged the two softwares together to create a mixed media outcome. From the last session and gaining positive feedback, I took that on and showed the students an effective way of moving from a harsh, unrealistic sketch-up model that seemed very standardised and similar thought the whole class. By adding textures, backdrops and softening up the blend it added a sense of atmosphere and will therefore increase individualism as the students will have the basic core skills to move forward. Consequently, Mrs L Devi kept telling the students to stop mirroring each-others work and Mrs L Devi felt it wouldn’t push their grades up.

Written by Wiktoria Glowczewska- BA Interior Architecture

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