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Pixel Art

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will be introduced to coding and how graphics are created. Students will apply their understanding to create a mixed media, pixel design of a favorite toy.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will learn about coding and how graphics are created.

Students will create artwork based on a special toy or item of their choosing.

Students will learn how to pixelate the image using graph paper.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce coding and how graphics are made.
  • Facilitate the selection of a toy or item of importance to students.
  • Guide students in pixelating an image using graph paper.
  • Demonstrate techniques for using colored pencils and markers.

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National Standards


Create

Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

VA:Cr2.2.1a

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

45 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Graph paper
  • Sketch paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Images of digital artwork

National Standards


Create

Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

VA:Cr2.2.1a

Make art or design with various materials and tools to explore personal interests, questions, and curiosity.

VA:Cr1.2.2a

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Steps

Simon Says Discussion

Begin by playing a game of Simon Says. Introduce coding and explain how coding is similar to Simon Says. Explain how coding is used to make graphics on computers. Analyze digital images that have more pixelated artwork versus those where the pixels are not as pronounced.

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Instructional Materials

Reference

What is Coding?

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Pixels in Art

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Anchor Chart

Colored Pencil Techniques

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Summative

Mini Artist Statement

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