This graphic design lesson gives students the chance to combine their digital drawing skills and artist statement into a meme that promotes art education.
Process: #ArtMatters Memes
I've taught artist statement
lessons in a bunch of ways.
Here are some posts to explore if you want to try this idea differently:
Using Cam Wow and PicCollage
Download my artist statement worksheet
Graphic designers, videographers, and web content creators have a BIG role to play in creating "selling" a candidate and their message during an election. I thought it would be an excellent challenge for student to design their own campaign graphic and slogan. What would they offer our country if they ran as a public servant (slogan) and what visual would help people remember their name (graphic).
This assignment would only focus on first names since the results would be published online. Here is my example. Can you tell what play on words I'm trying to achieve?
I used Comic Life app to find an interesting font. I drew the graphic in Keynote (desktop version) using the vector line option. See this post for a tutorial of how to draw with keynote. Then put the whole composition together in Keynote as well.
I chose RED, WHITE, and BLUE for the design to represent the USA. I made a compact fluorescent bulb instead of the incandescent to suggest my energy saving plans. I tried to make my name look like the word "Electrician" to tie into energy and reinforced it with my slogan implying that I have bright ideas which is usually depicted visually with a light bulb.
LESSON EXTENSION: Since the whole design was assembled in Keynote, I used the animation tools in that program to visually enhance my message through movement. Then I exported the animation as a quicktime movie and converted it using ezgif.com.
My fifth graders are currently working on robots that will light up with a paper circuit designed to have a button in the robot design that closes the circuit. The other day I saw the latest cover of Newsweek magazine. It featured a couple of robots in an American Gothic Parody. My idea, though different, was inspired by this image and by my students' desire to explain all the cool things their robot "does". I thought they could share these ideas in a Newsweek Cover format and learn some graphic design tricks at the same time.
Make Healthy Choices
This project challenges students to think about healthy choices while practicing graphic design techniques to put themselves on the cover of a Wheaties Box.
Here are some questions to begin thinking about healthy choices:
Resources (Click to enlarge. Click & hold to save images to iPad):
I have done a presentation called Creative Digital Projects that turn Stem to STEAM at three conferences over the past couple of years. These 45-50 minute presentations include a bizillion ideas in a media packed keynote file that I have trouble sharing online. However I did create a condensed version of the presentation for the AOE Online Conference last summer. The presentation has been behind a pay wall for one year and can finally come out for public consumption now. The following lessons are shared in the video below. Learn more from my links. Also, see Wes Fryer's review of my live presentation at the Illinois Computer Educator's Conference here.
Much earlier in the school year 5th graders created an additive and subtractive clay masks.
One silly day, I took out all my art room props, stuffed animal, and wings and had them pose before our green screen to become the monster body that matched their clay mask. Well, I thought we could work on putting this together on iPads during their rotation, but the animation idea took our entire time. But luckily our art room now has iPads!
Here is how we layer the pieces together:
1. Choose a background (save to photos)
2. Find your monster pose (save to photos)
3. Find your mask (save to photos)
4. Open up the Brushes app.
5. Click the photo button to bring in the background layer
6. Click the photo button to bring in the pose layer, resize and reposition
7. Click the photo button to bring in the mask layer, resize and reposition
8. Save to the gallery and email it to me (subject line=your name and class)
View the finished artwork on Artsonia at this link or few a few examples below.
I have so much to say about this digital graphic design lesson based on the painting Christina's World created on the ipads that I wrote it up as an article for School Arts magazine. Hopefully I will be able to share every last detail with you if it is accepted for publication.
Meanwhile, I wanted to share some resources that I made to accompany the lesson so you can explore these ideas now while you might have time. How to use instant alpha on a mac to erase the background is in the beginning of this video. How to use the magic wand tool from photoshop to do the same thing is in this video.
I erased Christina out of Andrew Wyeth's original piece, Christina's World. View the video below to learn how to do it in both Keynote and Photoshop Elements. The end of the video shows a student creating the artwork on the ipad using the Brushes App.
The key to making this project work with students is the Dropbox app for sharing and accessing images for the ipad.
View our online art gallery of completed student work for this project. Many students wrote a bit in their artist statements explaining the new story they intended to tell.
Second Graders are transforming themselves into Superheroes to defend the pillars of character in this back lit silhouette graphic. They had to use body language to communicate their super powers as they work to make our world a better place. See their images here.
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