DIGITAL ART FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Facilitated hands-on and digital approaches to art making by encouraging students to form unique relationships between typography and art. Increased students’ design skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator through lessons on book covers, movie posters, logos, and photography composites.

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TYPEFACES

Students learned that letters have form and can be used to create images. They looked at letters in a new way in order to create a character.  Some students chose to represent an existing character while others invented an imaginary character.  Their images were created entirely out of different typefaces in Adobe Illustrator.

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MONSTER POSTER DESIGNS

For a Halloween lesson,  the students used the paper cut and collage technique to create “monster” inspired posters.  Their work was scanned into the computer in order to create a digital version of their art. The students transformed their posters into movie advertisements or book cover designs.

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PLAY ON WORDS

The students looked at the work of Robert Deyber, an artist who takes idioms and paints them in a humorous and literal way. The students were able to recognize and understand the meaning of idioms and created their own visual puns. They created photo composites using existing images from stock websites.

They explored different layering techniques in Adobe Photoshop to achieve their image.