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Submitted by: Lauren McGreal, Las Vegas, NV
Unit: Art Parody - Technology - Computer Graphics
Grade Level: Middle School through High School
Computer Graphics - Art Integration - Collaboration - Real World Experience
This IS Authentic Assessment - Include Illustrators, too
Adaptation for Elementary: Santa's Closet and Santa's Workshop - or On Santa's Lap
Digital Lesson - Computer Graphics - Submitted by Donnalyn Shuster
Any graphics software (even PC Paint will work- See list at the bottom of this page), Card Stock, envelopes, Block Printing Inks. Colored Markers, Colored Pencils. Note from Judy: Check with local printers - they may even DONATE your card stock and envelopes (they did for me). Go first to the printer that prints all of the materials for your school -- then try printers in your district. You can purchase Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, InDesign an Fireworks at the Amazon Adobe page.
See more information about Santa on IAD's Christmas page.
Book: Want to make money with your artistic greeting cards? Read Painting Greeting Cards for Fun and Profit
Edvard Munch The Scream
Diego Rivera - Flower Festival
The cards were done in a computer art class that the computer teacher and Lauren teach together. Students researched an artist of their choice online, and in books. They had to then create the artists style into a winter/holiday card. Ten designs were chosen- 5 computer designs, and 5 art designs. The 5 computer cards were done on AppleWorks Paint (No longer sold). All 5 of the art cards were first drawn in pencil, colored with colored pencils/markers then Lauren scanned them in. Make sure students color heavily with colored pencils. Markers and cut paper would be other suitable mediums - very easy to do (think Matisse for cut paper). The cards were then sold in packs of 10 with envelopes (5 computer designs & 5 art designs) for $5. They got a great deal on packages of 50 blank cards from Joanne Fabrics for $10. The cards were made when they were ordered. This year was the first year that they did this, but plan on doing it every year. ORDER A SET FROM LAUREN TODAY! (Send $9.00 to include postage - send her your snail mail address - If you want slow snail mail email Lauren for $$ amount).
Design a logo to be printed on the back. Include the name of the artists and the first name of student.
Be sure to start early! From Lauren: We did not start selling them until the first week of December. We got them done too late this year, so next year we plan on having the fundraiser starting the first week of November. Our profit was about $80. The cost of ink really brought it down (Note from Judy: a local office supply store may donate some ink. I got one in my area to make some product donations for Christmas project). But it being the first year that we did this, and getting a late start I thought we did pretty good. We printed the cards when we got the order. So, if anyone wants them, we can print them! Have a set ready to go next year. Then use your own set as an examples for the following years and Gift your set from Lauren to your art teacher friends as your holiday greeting. I know I am going to have a hard time parting with my treasures from Lauren and her students!
Peak their interest early! Folks could try out the idea yet this year - experiment with an art parody Valentine's Day Card - or Mother's Day card - just to learn how to do it so in the fall it will be easier for them (and you)....or maybe even have the middle school kids do the Valentine's D card and/or Mother's Day card so that they are ready for he major project in high school. See American Gothic gone digital - by Harold Olejarz (enjoy these! See this one on American culture "For Here Or To Go?"!) Harold also has done Mona Lisa Parody with middle school students and has created a video called Drawing In One-Point Perspective.
NOTE: Check for mini grants from your education office. Your country may have funds available for service learning grants and career education grants. Look into the this year for next year. Moneys are allocated in the spring.
Note: Think about "all occasion cards" - The Georgia O'Keeffe card may be used year round. Think "Right to Read Week" -have each student design a card paying tribute to their favorite children's book illustrator. Have a student panel select the ones they like best for printing. These could also be all occasion cards - or a holiday focus.
Try Denise Pannell's idea: Santa's Closet. Have your students create their own Santa Stories from collage materials (Collage works photograph very well). Use Mary Ann Reed's Santa Dolls (Archive) as inspiration. Photograph your favorite Santa Story Collage and print out card sets for sale. They will sell like hotcakes! You won't be able to print them fast enough. Every teacher in your building will buy them. parents will buy them for gifts.
Image submitted by: Wendy Free
Students could do a brief research project about the artist and artwork selected to parody.
Shown: IF MATISSE HAD A DACHSHUND #2A " DOXIE DANSE"
Christine Besack found this image on eBay and sent it to me. Folks - don't hesitate to send me other parody images you find. I have a feeling artists will enjoy the free publicity.
Ellen is an Ontario artist.
Submitted by: Donnalyn Shuster, Frankfort Schuyler C.S.D. Frankfort, New York.
Unit: Computer Graphics - Image Manipulation
Lesson: Santa Has Been Here!
Grade Level: Middle School - High School
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Problem to Solve:
Using your choice of graphics programs and www.artcyclopedia.com, create ‘evidence’ that Santa has made his mark in a famous work of art. Create an illustration of hat/boots/coat and make it look like it belongs there in the work of art.
Print this in B & W first, then a color print. If you want extra credit, turn this into a greeting card using Microsoft Publisher – Modify template to your needs.
Other programs that create greeting cards:
Pieces will be displayed this week in the Library.
a. Technical skills in drawing proportionate clothing, applying color and value to create a believable look.
b. Insertion into painting, clean edges, cast shadows if needed.
c. Time on task.
Extra Credit – design the card/create a title