My Commercial art students are learning Adobe Photoshop and Freehand on Power Macs. They of course, get caught up in color. To reinforce the use of black and white, the lesson went like this, and was very successful. Challenge-create an image in Photoshop using three elements, working in grayscale only.
Text an additional item of your choice, such as a scanned image or drawn image. You may apply filters or effects to create a black and white finished product which was printed on a Techtroniks printer.
The students had the whole 2 ½ hour session to complete the task and all did quite well. Many went on to try new ideas and completed several examples during the rest of the week.
Students will review the works of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, focusing primarily on the works of his advertising posters.
Students will view current full page ads and posters and compare those with Toulouse-Lautrec.
Students will design and sketch out a poster that will advertise something from the present. Silk screening is an optional media.
Students will then paint (or print) the poster in the style of Toulouse-Lautrec.
An introduction to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec should precede this lesson.. Review his bright, painterly brush strokes. Concentrate on posters he made for the ballet, opera, and night life. You can see more on Lautrec in the elementary drama lessons section.
Students will then begin making posters advertising events in their school or that take up a social cause. Hopefully there is a school play or concert and students can also use them to promote a school event. Students may choose from a variety of media from air brush to silk-screening.