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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Faculty Disney Portraits!

Created on November 30, 2015 by StephieArtTeacher

This is an alteration of a previous lesson plan that I made for faculty fine art. This utilizes cartoon drawing techniques, photoshop, acrylic paints, and mixed media to replicate comical re-imaginings of classic Disney characters.

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4 sessions; 50 minutes per session

SWBAT accurately photograph their subjects, posing them in the right positions to replicate classic Disney Characters.
SWBAT use proportion to draw out the proper body shapes for their characters.
SWBAT use proper blending paint techniques to finish their piece.

1. Strong paper or canvas
2. Acrylic paints
3. Brushes
4. Water buckets
5. Photos of faculty members
6. Photocs of Disney characters
7. Pencils
8. Erasers

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1. Have students work alone or in pairs.
2. Choose a Disney reference.
3. Photograph faculty member.
4. Print off photo.
5. Cut out the head of the photo.
6. Place head photo on paper to get a feel for proportion and then, using Disney reference, draw out the basic shape of the character.
7. Use paints to blend and fill in proper iconic colors to the character and outline in a bold black line.
8. Let dry and display in the hall!

Students will be assessed on their ability to re-create the recognizable character using another person's photo. They will be graded on accurate proportions and effectiveness on the look of their characters.

This project was a HUGE hit at our school because so many of our faculty members got into their "parts" and gave us really good expressions that were so similar to their characters. Getting everyone involved and having a lot of fun is key to this project. The kids love to see their teachers doing something fun like this.


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 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions
[9-12 Proficient] Students demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments about the characteristics and structures to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other purposes of art
[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 reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture
[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

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[9-12 Proficient] Students differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of characteristics and purposes of works of art
[9-12 Proficient] Students describe the function and explore the meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures, times, and places

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect analytically on various interpretations as a means for understanding and evaluating works of visual art
[9-12 Proficient] Students identify intentions of those creating artworks, explore the implications of various purposes, and justify their analyses of purposes in particular works

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis


Color/Value, Contrast, Emphasis, Proportion/Size

Acrylic, Animation, Collage, Digital, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Paper, Photography

Performing Arts