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Fair Use Photomontage

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create an original narrative photomontage by reimagining images from the public domain. They will discuss the best practices and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open-source, and creative commons as they apply them to their artwork.

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Areas of Study

Collections

Lesson Objectives

Students will assess and critique artists who appropriate images.

Students will examine appropriation, fair use, copyright, open-source, and creative commons.

Students will find, curate, and manipulate images from the public domain based on a personal theme.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Define appropriation and present examples of artists who appropriate images in their work.
  • Discuss the best practices and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open-source, and creative commons.
  • Show students how to access images from the public domain.
  • Demonstrate how to edit, manipulate, and arrange photos.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate awareness of practices, issues, and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open source, and creative commons as they apply to creating works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.2.8a

Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.1.6a

Demonstrate awareness of practices, issues, and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open source, and Creative Commons as they apply to creating works of art and design.

8.VA:Cr2.2

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 10 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Digital device
  • Copyright-free digital images
  • Digital editing and drawing app (e.g., Autodesk SketchBook)

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate awareness of practices, issues, and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open source, and creative commons as they apply to creating works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.2.8a

Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

VA:Cr2.1.6a

Demonstrate awareness of practices, issues, and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open source, and Creative Commons as they apply to creating works of art and design.

8.VA:Cr2.2

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Steps

Discuss Appropriated Imagery in Art

Discuss appropriation and artists who appropriate images in their work, such as Andy Warhol. Examine issues and ethics of appropriation in art. Discuss the best practices for artists related to fair use, copyright, open-source, and creative commons.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Andy Warhol

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Reference

When Is It OK to Borrow Images?

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A Guide to Creating Art with Image Appropriation

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Worksheet

Who What When Where Why How

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What is Photomontage?

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Reference

Understanding Scale and Proportion

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Anchor Chart

The Principles of Design

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Reflection

Reflective Artist Statement Guide

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