Part of Unit: Creating Art with PhotoShop CS
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Students will enter with a video of photographic landscapes running. The photos have been processed in Photoshop.Then they will view National Geographic landscape photographs. They will choose one to replicate using the drawing tools.
This is a variation of a lesson that was created at "Teach the Teachers" by Kimo Oades.
- Video plays while attendance is taken
- 7 Minutes
- Introduction through animated gif and examples.
- 10 Minutes
- Video of artist creating landscape
- 10 Minutes
- Find image to recreate and get it approved by instructor.
- 20 Minutes
- Create the image.
- 60 Minutes
- Find a quotation to add to poster
- 10 Minutes
- Create poster and add frame and quotation.
- 20 Minutes
- Add to portfolio
- 10 Minutes
Student Objectives / Goals
- Students will explore and use the tools in Photoshop. They will create a replica of a photograph without importing any images.
- Students will add the image to a larger document which includes a quotation and a frame around the image.
- Students will explore photo enhancement with similar tools through tutorials
California Career and Technical Education Standards
Activities in this Lesson
- Landscape Photography Video - Hooks / Set
While the students are coming into the clasroom and while roll is being taken and everyone is settling in, video plays. When teacher addresses class, discuss the photographs- What appeared to be "real" and what was enhanced.
Explain to students that they are going to create a landscape using Photoshop tools. They will be able to "copy" a photograph. The tool pallette and the "frame" (see previous lesson) are what is available to them.
- Examples of student work and gif of process - Demo / Modeling
Next show examples of student work and an animated gif of the process of one student. The animation shows Joshue's process as each layer is added in the order that he created it. You can see that he used the copy command to recreate objects more than once, but otherwise he used the paintbrush tool, the selection tools and the gradation to create his image.
I normally do this lesson following "Framing composition". We use the same frame to outline the major areas of the original photograph and get the main structure created before they move forward. This is a good way to introduce and explore tools. There are many shortcuts, but if students do something by hand the first time, they will always remember what the filters and layer styles actually are doing to the images. Tutorials are included for photographic landscapes which will be the next exercise.
- Video of a Professional Artist Using Photoshop to Create a Landscape - Demo / Modeling
This is a quick example of an artist creating a landscape using Photoshop tools. It would be absolutely shocking is a student could emanate this video. However, it is fun to watch.
- Time to Create Your Own Landscape - Independent Practice
I ask students to think about their favorite places. I have a large collection of National Geographic magazines and students go through them and find their image. At the end of the period, I have them put the image into a safe place and write their name on the magazine. If you have more than one section of classes doing this assignment you need to keep the magazines separate. It is imperative that the student be able to look at the original image as they work. Invariably one of your students will lose the magazine if more than one class uses it at once. Remind students to build a canvas that matches the size and orientation of their original image.
There is a sheet with simple guidelines attached.
- Suggestions for creating your image [ Download ]
- Turn your Image into a Poster - Projects
When they are done with the Nature Picture, they will save TWO versions of the image- one as a PSD file and one as a JPG. The jpg will automatically be flattened into one layer and can be added to the poster easily.
After they have saved the image, have them look for a quote that they like. The quote will be added to the "poster" to complete the piece. Directions are attached.
- natureposter~1.pdf [ Download ]
- Possible Extensions - Lab / Shop
Here are a few things that can be added to the lesson. There are many examples throughout the internet. The first is a video of a photgrapgher taking a not so great image and adding effects using Photshop tools. The second and third are websites that have multiple tutorials which can provide opportunites for independant study.
- Cool Photoshop - Enhance a mountain.mp4 [ Watch Video ] [ Download Original Video ] This i sthe video of photo enhancement
- A Design Blog that has nature Photoshop tutorials. [ Go to Site ] A website with brush and effect tutorials for landscape for extension
- Photoshop Tutorial for creating Landscapes [ Go to Site ] A website with 55 landscape tutorials for extension
No resources are included, yet.
- Assessment Types:
- Rubrics, Portfolios,
Students will see the rubric before they do the lesson. The final product will be added to their portfolio and presented at the end of the five week period.
- Nature Pictures Rubric [ Download ]