Digital Photograph Project: Make the Ugly Beautiful Assignment with 2 Topics

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Everyday millions of digital photographs are uploaded to social media, shared with friends, and moved around the world. So what separates the photographers from the rest? 

Teach students the artistic side of photography and how to look at everything with an artistic eye and turn things typically viewed as ugly into beautiful photographs. In this assignment students explore the idea, make the ugly beautiful, through two topics: ugly subject, beautiful composition and glorifying the everyday.

All in all this lesson pack includes:

➣Lesson plan (including big idea, essential questions, national standards, vocabulary, step by step instructions, and more)

➣Presentation 1 (in PDF and PowerPoint)

➣Assignment Handout

➣Presentation 2 (in PDF and PowerPoint)

➣2 Artist research sheets

➣Critique worksheet

➣Critique prompts

➣Selfie Project rubric

Bring photography out of getting "likes" and back into the world of art by teaching your students how to properly edit their photographs. Separate the taking from the making!

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This product was created in collaboration with my amazing friend and coworker, Meagan Brooker. Meagan has taught for many years, with a focus on AP Art, Drawing, and Photography. In addition, she has been responsible for capturing our annual family photographs, maternity, and newborn pictures that I will treasure forever. This girl knows her stuff, and better yet, how to teach it to students.

Total Pages
82 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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