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A Book by Its Cover

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create artwork inspired by illustrators Jerry Pinkney and Chris Van Allsburg using traditional artmaking materials. They will utilize digital media to create a graphic design and product inspired by their artwork.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will discuss children’s book illustrators Jerry Pickney and Chris Van Allsburg, noting traditional media use.

Students will identify commonalities in graphic design products, referencing a variety of book covers and illustrations.

Students will plan and document steps that align imagery to book topics.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a discussion about the work of book illustrators Jerry Pinkney and Chris Van Allsburg.
  • Demonstrate aligning themes, characters, and elements of the story with illustrations.
  • Guide the planning and ideation stages of illustration imagery.
  • Show how to use photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop.

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National Standards


Create

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.IIa

Reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art or design considering relevant traditional and contemporary criteria as well as personal artistic vision.

VA:Cr3.1.IIIa

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

Acc.VA:Cr1.2

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 5 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Picture-taking device
  • Storage for digital photographs
  • Choice of media: colored pencils, markers, watercolor, etc.
  • Sketch paper
  • Device w/photo editing software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop)
  • Color printer

National Standards


Create

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

VA:Cr1.2.IIa

Reflect on, re-engage, revise, and refine works of art or design considering relevant traditional and contemporary criteria as well as personal artistic vision.

VA:Cr3.1.IIIa

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.

Acc.VA:Cr1.2

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Steps

Discuss & Analyze Children's Books

Discuss the work of children’s book illustrators Jerry Pickney and Chris Van Allsburg. Analyze book cover illustrations. Pay extra attention to the integration of text and use of design principles: emphasis, unity, and balance.

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Instructional Materials

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Illustration and Theme Alignment

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Artist Bio

Jerry Pinkney

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Chris Van Allsburg

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Reference

Photoshop Cheat Sheet

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