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This lesson is on Creating Illustrated Mythology Book Covers




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Title – Mythology Illustration Book Covers
By – Stephanie Slatner
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subjects – Language Arts
Grade Level – 6-8
Number of Students: 20-25

Discipline Area: Art Production and English (Greek and Roman Mythology)

Concept/Goal: To explore the career of Illustration.

8.4 The student will use multiple point perspective to create the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface.
8.7 The students will identify and analyze the use of typography in the graphic arts.
8.13 The students will identify the role of artists in mass media.
Technology SOL 8th Grade C/T8.4
Use search strategies to retrieve electronic information.
Use electronic encyclopedias, almanacs, indexes, and catalogs to retrieve and select relevant information.
English Sol 8th Grade 8.3
Describe cause-effect relationships and their impact on plot.
Explain how a literary selection can expand or enrich personal viewpoints or experiences.

Activity: Students will choose a Greek or Roman Myth to use as their focus for an illustrated book cover.

Tools; Special Equipment; Supplies: Drawing Paper 12×18 and 18×24, Colored Pencils, Sharpie Markers, rulers, pencils, Internet Access

Stage Setting (Set Design)- the arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
Myth- A traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society.

Lesson Design:
Day One: I will talk about set design and look at a few different interpretations of the myth Icarus. I will talk about filling up the space, using foreground, middle ground, and background. We want things to show depth. We will start with four small sketches to work out our ideas and pick the most powerful way of getting our point across without giving away the ending to the myth.
Day Two: We will discuss what makes a design successful and we will look at a few examples of their work to critique. Today our main focus will be how we are going to incorporate the title into our illustration and the fact that the lettering must be in one-point perspective. Reminder of color choices and detail will be important today.
Day Three: Students will continue working on their book covers. We will spend a few minutes making sure they understand how much should be in their open space and what “finished” consists of.
Day Four: This is the last day for working on these projects and we will have a critique the last 20 minutes of class to discuss the successes and failures if any. We will talk again about what makes a good design and what is most appealing to the eye. What makes you want to pick up this book and read it?

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