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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Put Yourself in a Snow Globe

Created on December 18, 2020 by KatieMorris

Students use photoshop to build and place themselves inside a digital snow globe.

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5 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1.The students will view and discuss the award winning short, Hey Dear!
2. The students will learn to use a green screen for photography.
3. The students will use the selection tools to remove the background from their photo and to constrain their use of tools.
4. The students will use shape tools to build a snow globe in Photoshop.
5. The students will use layers and masks to create a background setting for their snow globe.
6. The students will use a layer mask to put themselves in a snow globe.
7. The students will use gradients to create highlights and shadows in their work.

Small pieces of paper and pencils
Green screen paper
Digital camera
Adobe Photoshop

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Day 1
Give the students small pieces of paper and ask them to draw a snow globe to see what they picture.
Show the Hey Dear! Video and discuss what it would be like to live in a snow globe.
Look at examples of different styles of snowglobes, look for commonalities and differences.
Students brainstorm what they would like their snow globes to look like.
Teacher starts to demonstrate the steps to build a snow globe using shapes, selection tools, and masks.
Remind students to be prepared for green screen photos the following day.
Day 2
Take students’ photos in front of the green screen and share photos with them.
Continue with video playlist
Day 3
Students continue to work on their background.
Demonstrate using brushes to make falling snow.
Demonstrate using gradients and selection tools to make highlights and shadows
Days 4 & 5
Finish up snow globes and turn in!

Most of my intro students needed 5 days to finish this project but more experienced oils do it faster.


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

Digital, Photography