Creating a Collage
How it works:
This tutorial shows students how to create an electronic photo collage.
The students choose a subject matter that reflects their interests--it
can pertain to school, the individual, family, or a specific event
or events. Before beginning the lesson, students take digital pictures
of their school, class, friends, and teachers and also bring in photos
they might like to use. The photos are collected and placed in a shared
document folder where students peruse and choose them. Photo prints
can be scanned and then used. After they have chosen a series
of photographs, the Photoshop program is employed to take the students
through the various steps of creating the collage. The work is then
added to Dreamweaver or FrontPage or Word and the story behind the
collage is explained.
the written language for self-expression and artistic creation. They
transmit information about their collage in an essay, and apply technological
knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products.
Materials include computers with Internet access, cameras, Photoshop
and Dreamweaver (or FrontPage or Word) software. Any photo prints
will require the use of a scanner.
These lessons are appropriate for students from fifth through twelfth
grade, and were developed in a lab setting where each student worked
independently. 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.
Creating A Collage is a highly motivating project.
Students learn some simple photograph editing and then they write.
They want to write to complete the project.
Be sure all the photographs are ready before starting the project,
and be sure to complete the project yourself before presenting it
to the class.
About the teacher:
Laura Anderson has been
teaching for a total of twenty-one years in both the public and private
school environment in Texas and New York. She is currently teaching
at an alternative high school in New York City.