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Tutorial: Creating a Collage

Project URL:
http://teachers.ithsnyc.org/landerson/
collage/frontpage/Schoolcollage.htm

 

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.

Standards addressed:  
Students use 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 used: 
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.


The students:
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.

Overall value:
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.

Tips: 
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.

E-mail:
LauraJaneAnders@aol.com

Subject Areas: 
English
Arts 
Technology

Grade Levels: 
5-12

 

 

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