On of the websites I happened to find was http://digitalartanddesign.org/. The great thing abotu this website that it offered great art lesson plan relating to digital technology. It has links for project is specifically in Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Flash. The website then lists various projects as well as all of the specific tools that will be learned in the process. It was hard to choose just one project to focus, however I did find one that I felt would be a good introducer of Photoshop to students. The project is called Portrait project Introduction to Photoshop and the Pen tool. The website breaks down the projects into days and lists various steps, including learning various tools for certain days. The children first begin by drawing a picture of themselves and then scan and use it as a reference for their photoshop portraits. I really liked that fact that the lesson plan incorporates the traditional art drawing as well as fusing it with todays modern use of technology. The students in the end are getting the best of both worlds. What I also like best is if the teacher/or myself are in a hurry the website actually gives you a downloadable powerpoint presentation along with steps and examples. ALong with that the website also gives you step by step process of how to work all of the tools in both movie and picture form. It is a perfect website for both the student and the teacher to use as a reference.
Examples of a tutorial picture from the website.
Examples of student work below from the website.
I created some own portrait animations below. These are great gifts to give to people. This type of lesson plan could also be implemented around the holidays to possible have the students create works of art for someone they deem as special. They can be printed and mounted in a frame to add some extra dimension to the piece.
****** I would like to try this particular lesson plan to see how the website could benefit me. If the lesson was successful I would like to use this website as a tool for my own lesson plans. I could fuse my own ideas with the help of the websites tutorials, examples, and links. This is a great website that all teachers and art education majors should know about. It makes the computer art all the more simple. Websites like this can make the process of teaching digital art all the more simple.
"Portrait Projects: Introsduction to Photoshop and the Pen Tool." Digital Art and Design. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov 2011.