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1. Demo to the class mirror option and discuss symmetrical and masks.
2. Students Create their own outline (contour) of a head. They can make
many on the screen and print the one they like the best.
3. They then take this image and cut a large version of the head out of
4. Students then add features, decoration with organic and geometrical
shapes. Symmetrical is reinforced here by cutting two shapes out at the
The students love this lesson and the results are great. Students can get
3-d as well. Three students at a time are on the computer so it takes a
few lessons before everyone has a computer image so I have another
assignment going on at the same time. Also, students can add colored
pencil to the computer printout which can look quite nice if you print
out in color.
I had teacher commision a student to create a graphic which the teachers
could use with printshop etc. We made a booklet with the graphics so that
teachers could refer to it and choose their graphic as well as others.
This helps the students understand that their is an artist somewhere
"drawing" all of these graphics which people just pull up on a computer
and print out. This of course leads right into AE discussion: Is this
art? The printing process and is it an original etc.
Hope this helps,