This lesson, inspired by Hanoch Piven, asks students to think about different ways to generate images for use in digital artwork as they create found object self portraits.
8 sessions; 45 minutes per session
1.The students will view and discuss images of illustrator Hanoch Piven’s work.
2.The students will use design thinking to get inspiration, design, create, and reflect on their work.
3.The students will create a self portrait using digital images of found objects that show parts of their personality.
4.The students will utilize a digital camera and scanner to create images for their projects.
5.The students will reflect on and evaluate their work with self-assessment and a written artist statement.
Computers with Photoshop
-Introduce the assignment to the students with a slides presentation
-Discuss the images of Hanoch Piven’s work.
-Students will brainstorm parts of their personalities and things that are important to them.
-Students generate a list of objects that represent those aspects of their personality or interests
3. Start working. (Students will work on their projects in a logical order for each individual.)
-Create background by painting shape of head and body or digitally
-Digitize found objects by photographing if 3D or scanning if 2D
-Can change colors digitally
-On a day when all students have started working in photoshop, have a class critique.
-Walk around to each computer and the artist will talk about their work and ask for advice if needed.
-Encourage students to give encouraging feedback and model constructive criticism.
5. Artist Statements
-When students are finished with their projects, they will self-assess with a rubric and reflect on their work with an artist statement.
I had students photograph and scan their images but this project could be completed by finding photos online that are labeled for reuse.
I taught this lesson to my high school students but middle school could probably do it as well.
Visual Arts Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks
[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
Visual Arts Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions
[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas
[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems
[9-12 Proficient] Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions
[9-12 Advanced] Students create multiple solutions to specific visual arts problems that demonstrate competence in producing effective relationships between structural choices and artistic functions
Visual Arts Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas
[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks
[9-12 Advanced] Students evaluate and defend the validity of sources for content and the manner in which subject matter, symbols, and images are used in the students' works and in significant works by others
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