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My Life as an Album Cover

Lesson Plan

Description

Cultural interests are often important features of art. This lesson involves students reflecting upon their cultural interests, values, and/or identities and incorporating them into their own self-portrait album cover designs made of graphite.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will reflect on their cultural identities, personal experiences, and special interests.

Students will research self-portrait and symbol illustrations.

Students will combine representational imagery and self-portrait drawings to compose a drawn album cover.

Students will create an album cover that reflects aspects of their lives.

Teaching Strategies

  • Facilitate a reflection on their personalities by researching symbols that illustrate them.
  • Show students examples of album covers that appeal to their unique interests.
  • Explain self-portrait scale and proportion.
  • Guide students as they draw their faces, incorporate value, and add symbolic imagery for their album cover.
  • Encourage creativity and unique perspectives in album cover titles.

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National Standards


Create

Redesign an object, system, place, or design in response to contemporary issues.

VA:Cr2.3.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

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

5 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • 9” x 12” white sheets of paper (3/student)
  • Class set of graphite pencils
  • Class set of erasers
  • Class set of rulers
  • Black and white 6”x6” photocopy of each student’s face
  • Album cover examples
  • Presentation board for instruction

National Standards


Create

Redesign an object, system, place, or design in response to contemporary issues.

VA:Cr2.3.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

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Steps

Create Proportion Guides

Draw a 9x9 album cover frame. Use a photocopy as a reference. Choose where the face will be drawn. Sketch a round shape for the foundation of the face. Mark the top of the head, the top of the hairline, highest point of the forehead, chin, and eye level.

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Instructional Materials

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All About Value

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Portrait Drawing Proportions

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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Gallery Walk & Critique Feedback

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