Part of Unit: Creating Art with PhotoShop CS
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Splats/Spatters are a modern art technique used in print media as well as stand-alone art and clothing design. Splats have also gained popularity in animated television advertising. This is a beginning to intermediate level project and can also be used for school art fairs.
This lesson contains:
- PowerPoint file containing creative uses of splats; slides for demonstrating how to use the magic wand tool, how to save a selection, open, transform and change the color of splats/spatters and 6 examples of student work.
- Student Lab Activity Worksheet
- Splat Project Instruction Worksheet
- Splat Resource Files
- Introduction – 1-2 Minutes
- View Sample Files – 2-3 Minutes
- Teacher Demonstration – 5-15 Minutes
- Guided Student Lab Activity – 15-20 Minutes
- Student Project – 2 to 3 days
- PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer
- Photoshop CS3 or higher
- NOTE: Instructions are written for the PC, indicated keyboard shortcuts will have to be substituted for MAC users.
- Digital Camera (students will be taking digital action photographs of themselves)
- Lecture/Demo/Lab Practice
- 1 Hour
- 2 - 3 Days
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- AME.A.A126.96.36.199 Proficient - Identify and use the principles of design to discuss, analyze, and ...
- AME.A.A188.8.131.52 Proficient - Develop and refine skill in the manipulation of digital imagery (ei...
- AME.FS.4.2 Understand the use of technological resources to access, manipulate, and produce...
- AME.FS.4.4 Understand digital applications appropriate to specific media and projects.
- AME.FS.4.7 Understand how technology can reinforce, enhance, or alter products and performa...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.6 Demonstrate use of sophisticated learning tools by following technical direction...2
Objectives and Goals
- Upon completion of the lecture and lab activity, the student will be proficient with the use of the Magic Wand tool
- Be able to save, name and load a saved selection
- Use the Transform tool to alter a shape/object
- Use zoom, eye dropper and paint bucket tools
- Be able to lower the opacity of a layer
- Name a layer
Activities in this Lesson
- Splat!@#$%! - Hooks / Set
Show the "Splat" image to gain interest as students enter room. Print and post or display the image on the first PowerPoint slide. Ask students if they have seen any "splat art" in print or television media. There is even a Splat Magazine for paintball enthusiasts!
- Splat PowerPoint Presentation - Lecture
Presentation Table of Contents:
- Real Life Examples
- Art Work
- Selection / Magic Wand Tool
- Save, Name and Load a Saved Selection
- Foreground Color & Paint Bucket Tool
- Transform Tool
- Scale, Rotate, Skew, Distort, Perspective, Warp
- Layer Opacity
- Goals and Objectives
- Student Examples
- Lab & Project
- Splat PowerPoint Presentation [ Download ] Teacher lecture file. Contains goals and objectives.
- Guided Lab Practice - Lab / Shop
Teacher guides students in practicing what was demonstrated in the PowerPoint. Teacher can print student worksheet and use as handouts or copy the file to a shared drive for individual display on their computer monitor. Once students have practiced using the following tools they are ready to work on the Splat Project.
Open and Save File
Copy and Paste selection to a new layer
Selection / Magic Wand Tool + "Add To" Selection from Options Bar
Save, Name and Load a Saved Selection
Foreground Color & Paint Bucket Tool
Transform Tool (Scale, Rotate, Skew, Distort, Perspective, Warp)
- Student Project - Projects
In this project, the student will create a work of art using an action shot of themselves (or a friend or use one of the alternative images provided--dancer1.jpg, dancer2.jpg, etc.). The student will take splats/spatters and conform and contour them to look like a natural extension of the body. Additionally, finishing details such as a background and a frame can be added. Great project for a school art fair.
- Splat Project Instruction Worksheet (Doc) [ Download ] Project guidelines and detailed directions.
- Splat Project Instruction Worksheet (PDF) [ Download ] Project instructions in PDF format.
- dancer 1.jpg [ View Image ] [ Download Original ] Substitute dance/action image if students to not have access to a camera for their own shots.
- dancer 2.jpg [ View Image ] [ Download Original ] Substitute dance/action image if students to not have access to a camera for their own action shots.
- dancer 3.jpg [ View Image ] [ Download Original ] Substitute dance/action image if students to not have access to a camera for their own action shots.
- dancer 4.jpg [ View Image ] [ Download Original ] Substitute dance/action image if students to not have access to a camera for their own action shots.
- Assessment Types:
- Rubrics, Projects, Demonstrations, Observations,
Customizable multimedia grading rubric template can be used for many Photoshop projects. Instructor assigns the project points and uses check marks to indicate whether the student met the project tasks. Projects are typically given higher point ratios (100 to 200 points) than regular lessons (10 to 50 points depending upon complexity).
- Grading Criteria Rubric.doc [ Download ] Customizable grading rubric.