LP: Art Self-Portrait

Oct 31, 2012 by

I had the opportunity to speak with a fantastic group of teachers and administrators today in Sacramento.  While there, we engaged in some lesson planning using some tech tools.  A group of art teachers in the crowd came up with the following lesson idea:

Lesson Title: Self-Portrait

Content Area: Art

Technology Used: Photoshop or other photo editing programs

Short Explanation: Each student will access five photos of themselves (digital or print) at different ages (6 years, 8 years, 10 years, 12 years, 14 years, etc.) and create a self-portrait by combining parts of their face from the different photos.

The Hook: Students have to find 5 photos of themselves from different ages.

The Content: The teacher explains self-portraits, spacing, color, elements, feeling, etc. and shows examples of other famous self-portraits as well as some non-famous ones (e.g. http://goo.gl/sGbo2).  

The Activity:  Students will then use their own photos and digitally edit them using a program (e.g. photoshop, Adobe photo editor, Photocollage).  By engaging in the process, students are learning both the technical aspects of creating a powerful self-portrait but also the technical aspects of editing with technology.

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