Middle, High School Art, Technology Project: GIF Lesson Using Canva, Pixlr, PSD

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5th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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This middle or high school art drawing project focuses on combining traditional drawing techniques with digital manipulation and technology in order to create a GIF. A perfect lesson to connect art and technology with middle school art and high school art students. Using free programs Canva and Pixlr with Photoshop options, anyone can teach this project.

GIFs are not new technology, but they are as popular as ever, especially on social media. Help students see the connection between art and technology and present an assignment that the students might already have a connection to.

This project not only helps emphasize basic drawing and digital editing techniques, but also introduces students to the history of animation and the role technology has played in the art world.

All in all this lesson pack includes:

➢A lesson plan (with a big idea, objectives, vocabulary, national middle and high school art standards, and step by step instructions on implementing the project)

➢PowerPoint to introduce the assignment with project examples

➢PowerPoint to go into the specifics of how to upload and edit drawings

➢Image editing how-to handout for Photoshop and Pixlr

➢GIF how to handout

➢Critique sheet

➢Emoji critique labels

➢Emoji critique guide


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Total Pages
48 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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