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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Mixed Pixels

Created on September 10, 2013 by ewehling

Students practice color theory and mixing with a fun, modern twist.

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4 sessions; 60 minutes per session

1. SWBAT convert their photo into pixels using a simple photoshop filter (mosaic).
2. SWBAT define primary, secondary, hue, tint and shade.
3. SWBAT mix a wide range of colors using only the primary colors, black and white.

1. Watercolor paper
2. Ruler
3. pencil
4. watercolor paints
5. brushes

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Intro: discuss how pixels work both in printing and on technological devices (ipad, iphone, computer monitors, television).

1. Take photos of each student while students do a color wheel painting warmup.

2. Upload photos and convert students into pixels using photoshop's "filter>mosaic" setting.
*If photoshop is available students can do this step. If you do not have access to photoshop they can use a regular photo and choose a dominant color to mix for each box.

3. Print photos.

4. Draw a one inch grid over their photo.

5. Create a two inch grid with equal number of boxes on watercolor paper.

6. Students will hand mix each color, making swatches that correlate to their pixelated portrait.

Students will be assessed on neatness, effort (how closely mixed are their paintings vs. the photos.) and time management.

By the end of this project my students are confident in mixing a wide range of colors.

If a student is stuck, I ask him/her to identify the color's base, and ask if it looks like a tint or shade. They also look at the warmth or coolness of each color.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Advanced] Students initiate, define, and solve challenging visual arts problems independently using intellectual skills such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium

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 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare the materials, technologies, media, and processes of the visual arts with those of other arts disciplines as they are used in creation and types of analysis

Color Field, Contemporary Art