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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan


Created on May 03, 2016 by Scorchard

Digital Art students will learn about geometric tessellation and reflections to create artworks. The students will experiment with creating abstracted images from repeated representational objects.

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1. SWBAT utilize geometric principles in the creation of artworks
2. SWBAT create artworks that successfully uses tessellating shapes as their base
3. SWBAT create artworks that use reflection, SWBAT create abstract artwork using photographs of recognizable objects, people, and animals
4. SWBAT experiment with using shape and color to create patterns
5. SWBAT explore theme and unity in abstract artworks

1. Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Creative Cloud
2. Found Images
3. Optional: Digital Cameras and/or Smart Phones for capturing images

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1. Discuss tessellations and how only certain geometric shapes will tessellate
2. Instruct the students to draw an equilateral triangle with the Polygon Tool in Shape Mode (any color)
3. Students are to find a minimum of 10 source images per kaleidoscope that fit within an established theme (a sport, a season, a hobby, an environment, etc)

Alternative: Students may be required to photograph their own subjects and use only their own photographs

4. Students will cut out their subjects from their source images using their choice of selection tools
5. Images will be placed on the equilateral triangle, they may be rotated, scaled, duplicated, and placed so that they go off the edge
6. Clip the edges off of any images, merge all images together
7. Change the color of the base triangle if desired, rasterize the triangle, and merge the image layer onto the base layer
8. Duplicate the triangle, transform and rotate around one of the angles to create a hexagon
9. Merge the triangles that create the hexagon together, duplicate the hexagon. Tessellate the entire digital canvas with hexagon duplicates.

Standard Art Rubric & Reflection


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

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

Abstract Art, Pop Art

Balance, Color/Value, Movement, Rhythm/Pattern, Unity/Harmony