David Hockney – In Time and Space

David Hockney – In Time and Space

Photo Montage…emphasis on choosing a dynamic environment.

Upon individual investigation and research into the Photographer/painter David Hockney, develop an understanding of the purpose and direction behind his technique and style. After demonstrating an understanding of Hockey the artist select a single piece of Hockney’s art to do a formal analysis of composition and direction.


Following or during your research watch this short film of David Hockney and the process through which he creates a “JOINER”

David Hockney Joiners



Samples of David Hockney's Work

Other Alternative References:


Assignment Requirements 

  • Visual research and evidence documentation (Sketchbook and Project Page)
    • Web: David Hockney’s photomontages
    • Techniques
    • Purpose
    • Brainstorm ideas
    • Sketch and notate plans


  • Create an image that is composed of subtle variations or perspective, scale, and space.
  • Use creative problem solving for a inspired and original solution
  • Demonstrate how you used problem solving skills
  • Explore and demonstrate at least one NEW digital skill (It is not required that you use the skill in your final solution)




1. Consider what the goal of and requirements of your design are: this is likely done through research as you need to show you understand who David Hockney is and why he is a significant American artist.

  • Considerations when shooting:
    • Shoot at least 4 different series (20-100 images/series)
    • Chose a dynamic subject matter that will really utilize time & space
    • Proportion can be shifted subtly by moving the camera small amounts or changing your focal length (zooming in/out) while capturing details
    • Objects/people may move through the frame in different ways for each shot (that is okay)
  • Considerations when composing final composition:
    • Use at least 15 of all your images shot in one composition
    • Create asymmetrical balance
    • Continuity of visual line from image to image



     Design Process STAGE 2: Research and Investigate

Always record every resource either as a cited source or a linked resource with documentation on your project page.

2. Research information topic thoroughly

  • Researched your goal in this project.
  • Research similar styles and examples to Hockney
  • Research type of subject matter used by Hockney.
  • How would you define a successful "Joiner"?

My Diigo Pages of David Hockney

Show me some great Hockney Web resources. I could use some good ones.


     Design Process STAGE 3: Generate Possible Solutions

3. Brainstorm ideas for visual imagery 

  • concepts (what your design is trying to show, say, or communicate)
  • style, techniques, or even a medium you will use to create the design
  • colors, objects, patterns, images, or stories that could make a connection to your idea
  • Consider sketching composition ideas.


     Design Process STAGE 4: Select and Develop Best Solution

4. Select the best solution

  • How will you create it?
  • Focus on detail now
  • Plan it all out: Time, Place, Subjects, Models, Lighting,
  • What is the IT factor that will make this piece standout?


      Design Process STAGE 5: Model and Prototype (Create)

5. Begin production of your design

  • Your piece may be as large as you want but must be 150ppi
  • You will likely want to create a large blank document to begin adding your individual photos to one at a time. The file can be resized smaller after fully composed.
  • be open to exploring new skills and ideas
  • Remember Craftmanship matters. It shows you care!
  • Remember to take in-progress screenshots for you project page-required

     Design Process STAGE 6: Test and Evaluate

7. Self-reflect on your design

  • self-reflect and carefully evaluate your successes and difficulties
  • How could you take it further?
  • Ask others for their opinions and document the suggestions whether you agree with them or not.
  • Refine or develop elements of the design that can be improved
  • Consider asking the Captain for a brief In-Progress Critique

     Design Process STAGE 7: Produce

8. Turn in the final .JPG and Print

  • Turn file into the captain's server
  • Get final printed and mounted
  • Finalize Project Page with full self-reflection
    • successes
    • struggles
    • improvements
    • what you learned
  • Fill out grade sheet

Submit the final composition for printing

COMPLETION: Publish thorough documentation of your design and development process on the project page including notation, research, sketches, examples, screenshot of in process work and of course the final Pieces.

Great Work. Not to earn mastery finish the project by successfully Matting the finished artwork, participate in the in-class critique and be recognized for your outstanding work by having your photograph displayed in the hall display case.

MASTERY: If your artwork is on display you have definitely demonstrated mastery of this quest!

Congrats. It always a great feeling to be recognized for outstanding effort and success. You earned it.

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