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Current Events Digital Collage

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will analyze how current world events impact the work of Cindy Sherman and Kehinde Wiley. They will digitally create a self-portrait, incorporating images, symbols, and text, that communicates emotion themed around a current event.

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Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will design an expressive, digital self-portrait collage using images, symbols, and text.

Students will analyze how current world events impact the work of Cindy Sherman and Kehinde Wiley.

Students will reflect on how they used the elements of art to convey emotions and meaning.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce students to Cindy Sherman and Kehinde Wiley who create portraits in response to current events.
  • Show how to search for and download images to be used in a digital collage.
  • Demonstrate how to use layering, copying, cropping, cutting, color, filters, and other tools in Pixlr.
  • Guide students in writing a reflective artist statement explaining the intended meaning in their art work.

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National Standards


Create

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Free digital art program (e.g., Pixrl)
  • Internet access
  • Picture-taking device (e.g., phone, camera, tablet, etc.)

National Standards


Create

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

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Steps

Analyze & Brainstorm

Analyze how artists synthesize knowledge of social, cultural, historical, and personal life with artmaking. Select a current event of interest. Create a mindmap to brainstorm images, text, and symbols associated with the chosen event.

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Instructional Materials

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Mind Mapping

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Artist Statement Flow Chart

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Reference

When Is It OK to Borrow Images?

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Artist Bio

Cindy Sherman

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Artist Bio

Kehinde Wiley

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Mind-Mapping Virus Example

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Formative

Color and Composition and Critique

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