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[teacherartexchange] Photography Portrait Lesson Plan

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 17 2007 - 11:11:40 PDT


Dear Art Educators,

I am getting Trish's lessons shared the easy way first - through the list.
It will be a while before I get them on the site.

Judy

Teacher: Trisha Hamilton-Cooper
School: Eastern High School
Grade Level: 10-12

Photography Portraits

Lesson Plan

National Standards for the Arts:
1a Apply media/techniques/processes with sufficient skill to carry out
intentions.
1b Conceive/create art demonstrating understanding of relationships
between communication/media/techniques/processes.
2b Evaluate the effectiveness of organizational structures/functions
in artworks.
2c Create artworks using organizational structures/functions to solve
art problems.
3b Apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in artworks and use the skills
in everyday life.

Studio Objectives:
Students will
write a short paragraph proposing what they want to capture about their model.
participate in discussion about what portrait photography tells us
about people.
shoot a 24-exposure roll of film exploring the idea of portraits.
make a contact sheet of negatives.
make three enlargements from negatives.
participate in a class critique of the final pictures.
participate in a class exhibit of the portraits.

Artist to Look At:
Cindy Sherman
Francesca Woodman
Imogen Cunningham
Brian Blake
Eugene Smith
Danny Lyon
Arnold Newman
Dorothea Lange
Lewis W. Hine
Helmut Newton
Edward Steichen

Vocabulary:
Character Portraits- capture a person's physical likeness and some
aspect of their personality.
Fashion Portrait- should be less about the person and more about their apparel.
Social Landscape- capturing a person in their natural setting.
Candid Camera- taking a persons picture without their knowledge.
Social Statement-using a person portrait to say something about society.

Student Homework Assignment:
Look through CD's or magazines for your favorite musicians or actors,
and bring to class 3 photographs of them that you feel show their true
character. I won't keep the photos so you don't need to make copies.

Materials:
Film
Photography Paper
Contact Sheet
Test Strips
Photography Chemicals: Developer, Stop, Fixed
Cameras

(If you don't have a darkroom you can have your students take color or
digital photos and it will work the same.)

Day 1:
Teacher Demonstration:
(Handout worksheet on Portraits.)
Students will watch a PowerPoint on portraits.
Students will then discuss the different types of portraiture using
the photographs that they brought in for homework.
Day 2 -5:
Student Instructions:
Write a short paragraph proposing what you want to capture about your
subject. Get to know your model as a person. Decide as an artist
what you want to capture about them. What makes your model an
individual? What message do you want to get across to your audience?

Procedures:
Sketch out how you are going to create a successful portrait.
Shoot at least one roll of 24-exposure film.
Make a contact sheet of all of your negatives from this project.
Make at least three enlargements from your negatives.
Evaluation/Critique:
Grading:
4- Distinguished
-demonstrates higher level knowledge of shooting a portrait
-composition is unique and unusual organization
-craftsmanship is neat and shows good use of photography materials
-innovative use of principles of design
-demonstrates higher level thinking in creative solution to the
problem/displays a unique approach

3-Proficient
-successfully uses shooting a portrait
-successful composition is unique and unusual organization
-demonstrates craftsmanship is neat and shows good use of photography materials
-successful use of principles of design
-demonstrates creative solution to the problem/displays a unique approach

2-Apprentice
-some use of shooting a portrait
-some composition is unique and unusual organization
-some craftsmanship is neat and shows good use of photography materials
-some use of the principles of design
-some creative solution to the problem/displays a unique approach

1-Novice
-minimal use of shooting a portrait
-work relies on teacher direction or copies work
-minimal craftsmanship
-limited knowledge of principles of design

Critique:
For this critique students will get in groups of four. Each student
will have to write a letter to two other students. It should include
what they think the student's portraits message is. Students will
take turns presenting their letters to fellow students.

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