This lesson was designed for one of my classes that I call “Life Design”. I wanted to make a class that was built entirely around the concept that art is everywhere. This class not only promotes the relevancy of art and design in every part of our everyday world but it also promotes how important it is to learn the basics and build upon them to improve your artistic skills. Every lesson that I teach within this particular class is a vocation that students could use their artistic skills for a living. (Movie makeup, car design, illustration, fashion, tattoos, toys, video games, magazines, graphic design, theatre design, jewelry, comics/graphic novels, culinary arts, fantasy weapons, and murals)
These papers go along with my separate Production Design powerpoint. I made this lesson while co teaching a group of theatre classes. One class was set up as directors that had to set everything up for their one-act play (sets, props, lights, etc.) and the other group were the design team working to give the director everything that he/she asked for or needed. We took all of our cues from the scripts of the one act plays and the director student's vision for the production.
These papers include a 3 page reading resource for the students (explaining lots of concepts from powerpoint), a phase-by phase process page explaining what will be done over the course of this unit and project, an assessment page for students to fill out after the lesson checking understanding, a grading rubric for their projects, and the lesson plan for the unit. The project for this lesson has students work to create or recreate what is necessary on stage for a one-act or specific scene from another production. It was fun for students to get to see how the design of productions actually takes place in the real world! They appreciate so much more once they understand how much time and effort go into simple looking things.