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.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-12-31.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is geared towards late elementary and high school students, or any students with experience in digital editing software such as Photoshop. In this activity, students will compete a sample activity, and then create a collage of found digital photos – the more absurd the better! Step-by-step instructions are not included for this lesson, so previous familiarity with an editing program is expected. Although there is a rubric included, it is very general and could be enhanced by more specific student requirements.

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