Students participate in "Recovering the Classics" by designing a cover for a book in the public domain.
10 sessions; 45 minutes per session
1. SWBAT understand the public domain and copyright.
2. SWBAT research a book in the public domain.
3. SWBAT plan and create a design to serve as a cover for a book in the public domain that merges the feel of the book with the artist's personal style.
4. SWBAT participate in a class critique about the designs.
5. SWBAT write an artist statement that communicates their idea and reflects on their artwork.
1. Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements
5. Digital Cameras
You could use:
1. Any program that lets you combine photos with text
2. Any traditional 2D art media
-Explain the Recovering the Classics Program: Partnership between NY Public Library and Digital Public Library of America as part of a White House initiative to spread the joy of reading, inviting artists to create new covers for "100 of the greatest works in the public domain." Many classics have auto-generated or poorly designed covers that don't really capture the excitement of the books.
-Explain that books in the public domain are no longer protected by copyright laws.
-Look at some of the examples on the Recovering the Classics website and discuss the different artists' styles.
2. Sketching and planning
-Students sign up for a book on the shared spreadsheet so that there won't be duplicates.
-Remind students to read or research the story to get ideas, not imitate covers or posters that have already been made.
-Students start sketching ideas
3. Plan the design (should be 12x18 inches, 300 ppi if digital)
-Designs could be totally digital or start with other media.
-The medium chosen should help to communicate the feel of the book or the artist's style
-If photos are used they must be the student's own work or labeled for reuse
-Students who start with traditional media are encouraged to scan or photograph the work to add text digitally
4. Peer feedback
-Students encouraged to share their in process designs with peers to get feedback
-When work is finished, students complete the rubric and artist statement
6. Hallway "critique"
-Class gathers in front of display to talk about designs they like and why they think they are successful.