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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Ben Heine Inspired Pencil vs. Camera

Created on January 19, 2014 by MrsImpey

These were done with a general art elective class. We used Ben Heine's Pencil vs. Camera series as our influence.

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6 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT edit a photo using Picassa.
2. SWBAT add a drawing with value to a photograph in order to change the meaning of the photo.

1. Digital camera
2. Photo editing software (Picassa, Photoshop, etc.)
3. Photo paper
4. Printer
5. Drawing paper
6. Drawing pencil
7. Glue

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1. Show students examples of Ben Heine's work (see his website below).
2. Homework assignment: Take 10 photographs that you would like to use in this project. You will pick three to make a final product to hand in. Pay attention to composition.
3. Students must edit their photographs (crop, lighting, etc.) in order to enhance it. They then rip a portion of drawing paper to add their drawing and glue onto the photograph.

See attached rubric.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[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
[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 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[9-12 Proficient] Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life
[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


Color/Value, Contrast, Texture

Digital, Drawing, Photography



  • dchristie 08/24/2014 at 11:05am
    Love this! The kids really like this guys work as well!

  • dchristie 08/24/2014 at 11:05am
    Love this! The kids really like this guys work as well!

  • TooCoolStuff 08/31/2014 at 03:34pm
    Kids will love doing this. Gives students complete control in imagery, message, composition....Thanks!