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Students study masters of surrealism and create surrealist computer art cubes in this two-week lesson
Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Art
9, 11, 12, 10
Title – Computer Art Surrealist Cubes
By – Stephanie Slatner
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Computers/Intenet, Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12
Computer ART I
Amount of time: 2 WEEKS
Final product overview: Student will create 6 different surrealist images to glue onto a cube that they will measure and assemble. They will understand the meaning behind creating surrealist art and be able to talk about some of the masters of surrealism.
Materials: Poster Board, Black Construction Paper, Scissors, Glue, Pastel and Colored Pencils, Magazines (Assorted)
Standards of Learning covered by this project:
- AI.5 The student will demonstrate the use of technology and electronic media as artistic tools
- AI.8 The student will create works of art that are original and represent personal expression
- AI.17 The student will describe the function, purpose, and perceived meanings of specific works of art.
- AI.20 The student will critique works of art with reference to the elements of art and the principles of design.
Project Day by Day:
- Day One:
- Students will get into pairs and will be given the name of an artist. They will create a slide presentation that will tell the history of the artist, when they were born, where they went to school, any interesting facts about their life, and when they died or if they were still alive. Then they will show us at least three examples of work by the artist including the date and title. We will discuss these works of art in class when presented.
- Day Two:
- Students will be required to present their slide presentations. Students will read and answer questions on an article based on surrealist art.
- Day Three – Six:
- Students will work on creating 6 separate surrealist images. Each image will be 6×6 inches square.
- These squares will be made up of 4 images created by collage work of magazine, colored pencil, and pastels. The other two squares will be created using Photoshop.
- The student will learn how to copy and save images from the internet, using a search engine and they will learn how to paste into Photoshop using layers. This will keep each image on a separate layer so that they can freely move them around until they like the whole image.
- They will save these images in their personal folders on each computer until the day we are to print.
Final Product: Cube with surrealist image on each side completely created by the students.
Additionally there will be homework to prepare students for upcoming projects of previously learned ideas. There will also be at least two journal days that students will be asked to critique a famous work of surrealist art. Before this project has begun, students will be responsible for finding the definition of surrealism to begin to understand the concept.
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