I have just added a new lesson with a template made by yours truly! Introducing the mandala color wheel lesson! I have seen this done on a larger scale with students measuring, but I wanted to take some of the headache out of the lesson to make it run a little smoother for my Art 1 students. Hence, the printable template! The template is intended for acrylic paint, but you could also use watercolor, colored pencils, chalk pastel, etc. This is an excellent project to introduce students to the concept of color & the kiddos love making an intricate and original design!
Included in the Teachers Pay Teachers product listing is also a 19-minute demo video showing me create a mandala from start to finish using the template below.
You can purchase the mandala color wheel template, video & powerpoint at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
Our high school art show is held at the end of every May to showcase all student artwork that has been created throughout the school year. My other teacher friend teaches Ceramics and she includes her students sculptures & vessels. Students of all abilities and styles are represented in our show. I think it is extra important that students with special needs and students who are learning English feel included in the show.
We only do our art show during the school day hours 1-8 and it feels like every student visits the show at some point!
We have a People's choice vote where students get to vote for their top 3 favorite artworks. They put their votes in a bucket and my teacher friend and I count up the votes to see who wins. Every year I put together prize baskets (1st, 2nd, 3rd) for the art show winners. 4th, 5th, and 6th places get honorable mention ribbons. Each basket has art supplies like a sketchbook, Micron pens, Faber Castell colored pencils, etc. The 1st prize winner gets a gift card to Hobby Lobby. The kids get so into this!
Even though this time of year is crazy busy, showing off my students hard work is so worth it! The kids exhibiting show such pride in their work and their friends are left in awe! I look forward to seeing what my future students make next year!
Keep scrolling to see examples from this year's art show . . .
Music box piece called "Dreamwalker". For medium, this artist listed "Magic". That's just the type of student she is! This piece is really a cardboard box decorated with Sculpey legs/feet and a music box mechanism inside. She punched her own music box papers to insert and the paper comes out the back. SUPER cool and just about every kid wanted to hear this work sing!
I started my graphic design 1 students on Adobe Photoshop CS6 standard version first. Eventually we started to move into Adobe Illustrator and this is a fun lesson to teach students the basics of Illustrator. Since Photoshop and Illustrator are very different programs, I informed my students ahead of time that this would be a another learning curve-- that some students might catch on quickly, while others might need more practice.
Last year, I won a $4000 grant to purchase tech for our graphic design program from the Centurylink Grant award program. I purchased 36 small Wacom drawing tablets for students to use and I instructed my graphic design 2 students to use them for this illustrator sefie project.
First, students took a selfie using their phone or one of my classroom cameras. I instructed students that their face had to be showing, but the artistic style, color, line quality, was up to them. I also told students they could change their selfie to an "alter-ego" which made for some very interesting changes to their actual look.
This tutorial below by RiceGum on Youtube is both entertaining and informative & we watched the video as a class and then I posted it to the graphic design 2 google classroom for students to reference.
When I first taught this lesson, I was worried that it would be too "tracey" and boring for my more advanced students, but it ended up being really okay! Since I allowed students much creative freedom, they were able to really have fun with it. I even had a girl turn herself into a werewolf! After everyone was finished, I created a simple google slides slideshow of each student's selfie to share with the class and I plan on sharing them with future graphic design classes. It was fun having the students guess who each person was! Check out additional examples of graphic design 2 students illustrator selfies below:
This product photography lesson includes everything you need for students to learn how to create their own product photography! This lesson works well for multiple discipline areas such as visual arts, graphic design, business, STEM (or STEAM!), or computer education. Students learn how to make a lightbox, set up lighting for their photography, edit their images in Photoshop or Pixlr, and analyze and reflect on their product photography and design choices. You don't need to know anything about product photography to teach this lesson. This photography lesson is most suitable for older grade levels including 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.
The lesson includes a 33-slide powerpoint, practice file, and 2 video files to help your students learn how to create their own product photography!
This lesson bundle includes everything you need to teach a successful animation project using Photoshop to your graphic design & visual art students. Students will learn the fundamentals of animation including history, key vocabulary, and frames per second. Students will then get to practice animating in Photoshop with a monster image (image included as monster_practice_file). Next, watch Part 1 Video to learn how to create an original animation using the move, brush, fill bucket, color palette, zoom, and shape tools in Photoshop. Students learn how to create their own frames & designs using these basic tools. Students also learn how to save their animations to turn them into animated. gifs! Finally, Part 2 Video expands on Part 1 by showing students some new tools such as magic eraser, eraser, and the text tool. Students will see how to add more movement to their frames. Students also learn how to use Free Transform and Transform to add interest and variety to their animations. The final product is an original animated .gif created by the student!
-20 slide Powerpoint presentation with links, examples, & video links (.pptx)
-3 video files (.mp4) total time 31 minutes and 36 seconds
-2 pages with lesson plans, prep, materials/resources required (.docx)
-1 rubric (.docx)
-2 .psd Photoshop files for reference
-2 animated .gif examples
-1 .png practice file for students to use
This guide is for sale for $6 in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
My graphic design 1 students just finished a collaborative animation project. I connected with an Elementary art teacher about this project a couple months ahead of time. I asked her if she could have a group of 5th grade students draw characters, write what they want their character to do, and then send me the drawings. I ended up getting about 80 drawings and scanned each one to my e-mail.
Then, I uploaded the drawings as .jpgs to my Google Drive and sent a drawing to each graphic design student. I instructed my students that they had to animate the drawing according to the directions provided by the 5th grader. My graphic design students animated these in Photoshop...some students touched up the drawings a little, while others left the drawings as they were. Some students added photos or other images.
When all students finished, I put together a (not so little) Google Slide presentation to send to the Elementary art teacher so she could show her students all of our hard work! This animated gif project was a great way to connect with the younger student and share our program. We even got featured on the Rochester Public Schools Facebook page for this project!
This was just so much fun and a great challenge for my graphic design students! I will definitely be doing it again in the future!
I am a 6th year high school art teacher in Rochester, MN. I have taught middle school for 2 years and high school for 4 years. I truly enjoy working with students on a daily basis. I also enjoy teaching real-world skills such as problem solving, using technology, and the power of teamwork and collaboration. My joy is sharing my passion for art with others!
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