Grade 8s have finished creating their digital characters using Adobe Illustrator’s live trace and live paint tools. Students looked at stereotypes and and how pictures can tell stories. Research was also conducted on how stereotypes are often embedded into cartoons for the portrayal and depiction of characters.
Students were assigned a font where they conducted basic research and brainstormed what their font represents. The students’ task was to create a character that personifies the font and to consider if stereotypes aided or hindered the development of their character. You can see a full breakdown of the unit here. You can view the student work below by going directly to Flickr here.
Note: additional work will be added to the set Update: All work has been uploaded to the set.
If you do anything art related that requires your students to create thumbnail sketches to develop their ideas, check out C.S. Neal’s website illustrating his thumbnails and developmental sketches for a book cover he designed. Well worth a look to show students that 1-3 simple thumbnails are not enough to really explore your ideas.
As an experiment, I decided to try making a travel journal for my holiday in Thailand, as I may consider making this a new grade 7 art unit for my students. With it, there could be a lot of potential for mixing different mediums and styles and would result in a summative assessment visual journal for their one week field studies excursion. You can view the other pictures via Flickr here. Sorry, I am having a lot of difficulty with Edublogs and Paypal and am currently unable to embed.
I’ve been busy the past month exploring designs for a mural in the elementary library at my school. My sketches are now complete and we will let the students vote on their favourite design. I’ve been posting this process on my other blog, which is pictured above. Feel free to visit there to see the complete works or the sketches. If you are patient, I have also embedded the Flickr set below.