This is an introductory digital image editing project in which students will create an absurdist collage from images they find online. Students will be challenged to exercise their web research skills as well as develop familiarity with digital image manipulation software.
To get started, I gave all of the students the same T-Rex JPEG and encouraged them to try upsetting audience expectations by repurposing this image. Students should be familiar with selection, transformation, history, and layers.
Although I have used this project in a lab with Adobe Photoshop, it can also be run successfully on free software such as the GIMP.
This project assumes that students have access to the Web.
This project could be improved by adding art historical context re: dada, surrealism, and pop art.
This is a comic-page template that I use when working with a novel. I have used it with "Of Mice and Men" as well as "To Kill a Mockingbird". I make packets for the students that include one template per chapter. The assignment is to then create a comic-representation of each chapter as we read them. The requirements are:
Dialogue in at least three of the panels
2. All six panels must be filled
3. Captions must be used that explain what is being portrayed in the panel
4. All panels must be colored and "inked" (gone over or at least generally outlined with black pen)
5. The template must cover the entire chapter, beginning to end and hit the "high" points in sequence
Note - I do not grade stringently on teh quality of art, since not all students are artists.