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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Magazine Project

Created on February 27, 2013 by rachinator

This is an introductory assignment for color blending, griding, and contour lines. Students will cut out a small portion of a full color ad in a magazine, cut a 3 x 3 inch square, and draw back in what they cut out.

37 Keeps, 14 Likes, 3 Comments

4 sessions; 85 minutes per session

1. SWBAT create a grid using a ruler
2. SWBAT layer colors and create values with prisma color
3. SWBAT create contour lines
4. SWBAT use correct proportions
5. SWBAT create forms

1. paper
2. magazines
3. scissors
4. x acto knive
5. prisma color
6. ruler
7. glue stick
8. card stock
9. sharpie or pen

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1. Show past student work
2. Show prohibited and unprohibited pictures for use (you can use your own discretion, but I only allow full page picture ads without type.)
3. Create view finder. (a 4 x 4 inch square with a 3x3 inch window; use card stock or similiar for stability)
4. Search for pictures in various magazines (I find Martha Stuart to have phenomenal full color full page photos) using the view finder.
5. Once a picture is approved, place view finder over chosen area and trace the inner window with a pencil.
6. Cut out along pencil line with x acto knife.
7. Grid magazine cut out with 1x1 inch squares with a sharpie after mounting to a 4x4 piece of card stock. (I do this because of the frail nature of the magazine page. It keeps it sturdy in the portfolios for the duration of the project.)
8. Mount Full page on to drawing paper. Be careful to not get glue near the drawing area. There should be a 3x3 inch window where the drawing paper shows through. This will be where students create their art.
9. Grid drawing area with 1x1 inch squares lightly with pencil.
10. Use gridlines to draw the contour lines of forms and shapes.
11. Erase gridlines (I have them get their proportions approved and use it as an assessment/grade for correct application of proportions before they are able to begin color)
12. Begin color (this is also a great time to use the border area on the 4x4 card stock. Students can use the outter area to do color matching and layering before applying it to their artwork.

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This is a great beginning way to introduce color, grids, and value. Students enjoy the freedom of bringing in their own magazines, choosing their own pictures and making this look REAL! They get a kick out of trying to find the cut section after they are all displayed.

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Shape, Line, Contrast, Proportion/Size, Form, Color/Value

Drawing, Colored Pencil

  • mrreddy 03/06/2013 at 05:41am
    Thanks for this awesome project. For students that might be less skilled and require more direction I have provided the additional guidance Students must select and follow one of the following 'creative paths':

    A)Recreate the square as best they can.(Like the examples provided)
    B)Create a juxtaposition within the square by creating the opposite of the image inside the window (mechanical to animal, delicious to disgusting, etc)
    C)Simplify the square into just shapes, patterns, and colors.

  • rachinator 03/10/2013 at 10:27am
    mrreddy, great ideas! I also keep on top of them during their "picking"stage. They aren't allowed to cut anything out until I have approved it. The kids that I know are less skilled don't get approved until they find something with basic shapes, two to three colors, and limited value shifts. It keeps them excited about the project to get something challenging but attainable.

  • Hope200 05/19/2013 at 04:56am
    I do something very similar with Middle School students. They rip out a magazine page, then cut it in half vertically. They have to then, draw the other half in pencil. Very interesting results!