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Pixel Art Characters

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will be introduced to pixel art and analyze its visual qualities and meaning. Students will draw an original character in a digital drawing application using pixels. Students will apply a selected color scheme to characters and present final characters to peers.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will learn how to create pixel art.

Students will examine artworks that use pixels and discuss the characteristics and meaning in artworks.

Students will understand the basics of using a digital drawing application.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Demonstrate how to create pixel art.
  • Discuss artwork that uses pixels, its characteristics, and meanings.
  • Discuss how to use a selected color palette to create an eye-catching piece.
  • Demonstrate basic functions of the digital drawing application.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art- making or designing.

VA:Cr2.1.8a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

45 minutes

Demonstration Time

45 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Digital device (tablet or computer)
  • Digital drawing application
  • Digital camera (device or phone)
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art- making or designing.

VA:Cr2.1.8a

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Steps

Discuss Pixel Art

Discuss artwork using pixels, its characteristics, and meaning.

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Instructional Materials

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Cartoon Character Bank

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Color Schemes

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Reference

Pixels in Art

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