This lesson utilizes Photoshop with student's own photographs of kitchen objects. The project manipulates a photo into a simplified design used for a ceramic tile coaster design. Ceramic underglaze paints and a kiln are needed (adaptation activity using common art room supplies for those who do not have access to ceramic supplies or a kiln included in lesson plan).
Teachers can also explore 'Functional Art' with students to further enrich the experience of this project as laid out in the lesson plan.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THIS UNIT:
-Photoshop 7.0 or higher
-Bisque Ceramic Wall Tiles
-Underglazes (specific colors and brands included in lesson plan).
(Adaptation materials for those without a kiln listed in lesson plan).
ALL DOCUMENTS INCLUDED IN THIS UNIT:
*Ceramic Tile Coaster Instruction Sheet (with screen shot images for each step of the project on Photoshop--for student or teacher use).
*Ceramic Tile Coaster Lesson Plan (includes Key Learnings, Main Activity, Materials Needed, Objectives/National Visual Arts Standards, Resources, Cross Curricular Connections, Assessments utilized, and a page of helpful tips to use throughout the lesson with an adaptation activity as well as an extension activity).
*Ceramic Tile Coaster Rubric (includes 5 criteria- each worth 20 points and includes a section for the student to rate themselves as well as a section for the teacher to rate the student. On a scale from Excellent-20, Good-19-18, Average-17, and Needs Improvement-16 or below).
*Ceramic Tile Coaster Sample Images to print out and display.
(Each document includes an editable Microsoft Word document as well as a PDF
This is a great project to teach about functional art. Students seem to value projects that have a function more than those that do not. Additionally, this project will give students experience with traditional art like painting and demonstrate how digital images can be used in combination with various media.