You Outta Be in Pictures

Digital Art Projects to Inspire Creativity in the Classroom

Goals for Today's Session

  • Discuss the importance of art and technology in education.
  • Introduce the basics of Pixlr Editor.
  • Create digital art using Pixlr Editor.

Why Teach Art?


  • Data supports the belief that study and participation in the fine arts is a key component in improving learning throughout all academic areas.
  • Evidence suggests participation in fine arts reduces student dropout, raises student attendance, develops better team players, fosters a love for learning, enhances student creativity, and produces a more prepared citizen for the workplaces of tomorrow.
  • The fine arts also provide learners with non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity.

Today's Project: Where Would You Rather Be?

Project Instructions

  1. Find 2 background images from a place that you would rather be. (ideas- beach, foreign country, sporting event, on the arm of your favorite celebrity, etc. )
  2. Grab a partner and have them use a digital camera to take 2 photos of you, each with a different pose. Try to take your photo in an area with a solid color background (this will make editing much easier).
  3. Go to http://pixlr.com/editor/ and click open image from computer.
  4. Open your first background photo.
  5. Click on the layer menu at the top of the page and choose open image as new layer then upload the photo of yourself.
  6. Use the magic wand and eraser tools to begin clearing the background of your selfie.
  7. After you finish removing all of the background, choose Edit (whenever you click off the image a prompt will appear asking you to save changes, click yes ONLY if you are finished), then Free Transform.
  8. Resize and move the image until it realistically appears as part of the background image.
  9. Choose File then Save when finished. Note- Once you save it, it can no longer be edited as separate layers.
  10. Follow the above steps to create your second image.

EXAMPLE

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DIGITAL ART PROJECT RESOURCES

Digital Painting Tutorial
Pixlr - Manimal Project