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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Peter Max Inspired Designs 2 Ways

Created on October 20, 2022 by KatieMorris

Students learn about Peter Max and choose an option for creating digital illustrations inspired by his work.

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5 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT create a list of characteristics of Peter Max's "cosmic" artwork based on observation.
2. SWBAT understand and apply knowledge of color in their work.
3. SWBAT create and apply gradients to selections within a document in Adobe Photoshop.
4. SWBAT build their own shapes in Adobe Photoshop.
5. SWBAT edit and apply layer styles.
6. SWBAT create a digital "cosmic landscape" in Adobe Photoshop applying the tools and processes they have learned.
OR 6. SWBAT create artwork featuring an "icon" in the style of Peter Max.

1. Adobe Photoshop*

*If you don't have access to Photoshop you could used the web based or use the same style in traditional media.

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1. Introduction
-Slides presentation with information about Peter Max and his artwork
-Discuss design elements that become his style
-Demonstrate tools and processes
2. Students work on project following steps in slides presentation


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

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

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[9-12 Proficient] Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life

Color/Value, Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Unity/Harmony