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Photoshop Brush and Shape Tools

Project URL:
http://teachers.ithsnyc.org/landerson/
WSWEB/Brushtool/TeachNet.htm

How it works:
This program is comprised of  two step-by-step introductory Photoshop lessons with screen shots and clear descriptions of the correct tools to select. It enables students to be creative and includes manipulating and writing about shapes along with technological development. In the brush tool lesson, the students write a haiku to describe their painting.

Standards addressed:  
As writers, students use the written language for self-expression and artistic creation. They transmit information about their shape design in an essay informed by mathematical concepts, understand the significance of the haiku in the brush tool project, and apply this form of poetry to the construction of their own haiku related to a nature drawing. They apply technological knowledge and skills to design products to satisfy a variety of needs, and understand and gain proficiency in two of the major functions of Photoshop software.

Materials used: 
The
program makes use of a computer lab with Adobe Photoshop and a word processor.

The students:
These lessons are appropriate for students from fifth through twelfth grade. Students do not need any technology skills or they could be somewhat advanced. The lessons can be adjusted to the level of the students. It provides challenge to more advanced students and allows for simplicity for the less technological/academic student.

Overall value:
The
Photoshop Brush and Shape Tools lessons are clear and work with a variety of age ranges. Students are highly motivated to learn Photoshop and enjoy creating art with the computer.  

Tips: 
While students enjoy their work, they can become impatient and it can become difficult for the teacher to assist them. Walk around the room in an orderly path and assure the students you will get to all of them. You may also want to demonstrate the steps using an LCD projector.  Enlist a student who is familiar with the program to assist others.

 

About the teacher:
Laura Anderson is a math/technology teacher at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School in New York City. She has been teaching for 20 years and currently teaches Web Design, Computer Math and Oracle Internet Academy.

E-mail:
LauraJaneAnders@aol.com

Subject areas: 
Technology  
Language Arts

Grade levels: 
5-12


 

 

 

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