Grade Level: 10th-12th Grades
Subject Area: Art
This lesson is designed for secondary level students who
have completed a prerequisite art course. Through this
lesson, I will teach students how to recognize the use of
photoshop in images, and how to use photoshop
themselves. This is an important skill to learn because
many images in the media have been altered in
convincing ways. By recognizing the capabilities of
photoshop, students will be able to look more critically at
images that are often perceived as true. Students will
become more technologically literate, and will be able to
create altered images of their own.
Given an image of themselves, students will be able to use
Adobe Photoshop to create an altered, yet realistic image
that will score at least an 80% on the rubric.
After using the internet to find a visual image, students will
practice visual literacy by blogging about the image’s visual
and contextual clues and describing at least three different
meanings that could be drawn from it.
Given visual examples, students will participate in a blog
discussion with peers that include: at least two posts
discussing visual culture, at least two posts connecting
visual culture to identity, and at least two posts with online
This is a fair use travelogue that will help students to
understand copyrights and how to appropriately use
materials. Some students may choose to use online
images for this project, therefore this will be a good
topic for them to touch on. It will also relate to art
standard ART.II.VA.HS.3 in which students will have to
communicate the origins of images and ideas and how
they influenced their work.
I found this source through the
Michigan Online Resources for
Educators website. The travelogue
was created by Thinkfinity, which is
an online source for educators
created by the Verizon Foundation.
Here are three articles I could use as a
resource for large or small group discussions:
All three of the articles talk about the impact of
altered or photoshopped images. Not only
has editing technology changed the way we see
images, it has created new issues in everyday life. I
could use these articles to cover art standards
ART.V.VA.HS.1 and ART.IV.VA.HS.2. The
discussions will help students connect photoshop
knowledge to real life and broaden their knowledge
in an interactive way.
These articles were published in the
Wisconsin State Journal, the Jordan Times,
and the Journal of Cell Biology respectively. I
found the first two through Grand Valley’s
database, and the last on the Rockefeller
University Press website. Although they are
scholarly articles, I would use these mainly as
tools for facilitating discussion rather than
This article will be used to instruct meaning
making through images. Teaching the
students how to be visually literate will help
them learn how to understand and
communicate in a new way.
I found this article on a World History
Sources website that was created by
George Mason University. The
website was created with the
purpose of helping students and
educators find credible primary
Here are some images that I would reference:
Using these images
would be an alternate
way to introduce the
idea of visual meaning
making. For instance,
how does the meaning
change when the
image is altered?
Unlike previous resources, these images are
definitely not scholarly. In fact, one of these images
came from a site that may be a little inappropriate for
students and the other came from a blog about cats.
The images themselves, however, do not need the
context of their creator/owner in order to be useful.
Therefore it would be important for me as the
teacher to gain appropriate fair use of these items.
Photoshop Tutorials found on
YouTube offers a wide range of
tutorials as well!
Providing Photoshop tutorials will help
students to review what is taught in class.
Giving them a collection of tutorials will
allow them to practice discovery learning
when needed. Using the tutorials will not
be required, but it serves as an alternate
mode of instruction to help students
achieve the performance standards for
Several tutorials are found right on
Adobe’s website. The tutorials include
video, written instructions, and different
cheat sheets created by the company. If
needed, many other tutorials can be
found on YouTube, and questions can be
answered through Adobe’s help page.
How I could use
SlideShare would be a good way for me to share
powerpoints with the whole class. This allows my
powerpoints to be referenced on an individual basis rather
than used as a one-time group presentation. By linking
slides together, I could create a non-linear presentation of
the color wheel. This would allow students to interact and
make discoveries rather than just intake information.
Especially with the color wheel, using an interactive
powerpoint could help them learn how to color mix when
they do not have access to paints.