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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Digital Arcimboldo Food Faces (Using Free Online Software)

Created on March 23, 2012 by ArtfulArtsyAmy

Students will study Arcimboldo's food portraits. Students will use free online software to create their own Arcimboldo-inspired food face.

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TLW recognize Acrimboldo's work
TLW define Renaissance Art
TLW manipulate digital tools
TLW create a digital Acrimboldo inspired artwork

computer with internet access for each student (free online tool)
a flash drive/student drive for saving images

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1. introduce Acrimboldo and Renaissance art using the PPT provided
2. Overview project
3. Discuss what is good/bad about exemplars
4. hand out paper, pencils, and crayons
5. Students sketch out ideas
6. Hand out the How-To Create a Digital Acrimboldo Portrait worksheet (provided)
7. Demo how to use the worksheet
8. Have students work through the worksheet and provided aid
9. Have students print artwork and/or upload to a class wiki

10 pts completed artwork
10 pts head, eyes, ears, hair, mouth, nose
10 pts at least three extra elements (neck earrings etc. etc.)

Downloadable PPT including examples of digital Acrimboldo portraits:


Emphasis, Contrast, Color/Value



  • lightARTed 03/23/2012 at 09:38pm
    Great Lesson! I want to try this next year. Thank you for sharing!

  • Laragave 04/01/2012 at 02:36pm
    Love this lesson-always looking for tech projects- especially free ones! Thanks!

  • Astabeth 04/01/2012 at 05:18pm
    I like the discussion of what's good / bad about exemplars before starting. I was also glad to find - I am teaching digital image editing next year and that might be an easy start before we head to gimp. Thanks for sharing!

  • ArtfulArtsyAmy 04/02/2012 at 07:01am
    TY Laragave and Astabeth; glad the info is helpful. Yeah, I'm glad I found too!!

  • jillyb 04/03/2012 at 06:42pm
    Love the lesson! Don't mean to be snarky, (and it might just be a typo) but it's ARcimboldo--if we're teaching it, we should probably teach it correctly...

  • ArtfulArtsyAmy 04/09/2012 at 01:06pm
    ack~ You are SO correct. ty for catching!

  • RuthByrne 05/11/2012 at 11:20am
    I have done this with pencil and paper so many times, How exciting to see it on a computer! I'm definitely trying this! Awesome!