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Pixel Selfies

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Art and Design

Social and Emotional Health

Students use Minecraft blocks as “pixels” to produce pixel art versions of themselves, portrait or full body.

avatar Submitted By: Institute of Play

November 1, 2016

Skills

  • Character
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Famous Self-Portraits from the World

Check out these artists' self-portraits

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to recreate a self-portrait using Minecraft blocks.
  • Students will be able to use spatial, estimation, and esthetic sense to create these self-portraits.
  • Students will be able to judge whether small or large portraits are difficult to recreate in Minecraft.

Guiding Ideas

Introduce students to the challenge. Show examples of pixel art in Minecraft and other games. Show examples of pixel art self-portraits. Explain how pixel art has limited details, and that they can choose one of three sizes to work from: 16x16, 32x32, or 48x48 pixels. Allow students to work independently or in pairs.

 

Brainstorm:

• Have students research pixel art for inspiration.

• Help them choose a size based on their Minecraft skill (16x16, 32x32, or 48x48)

• If possible, allow students to use a webcam to take their own headshot. Have them zoom or shrink the image to see what it looks like on a small scale.

• Also if possible, allow students to print images for easy reference.

 

 

Student Activities

Prototype:

 

• Give students a few minutes of planning time with graph paper before going into Minecraft. Ask them to strategize which blocks they will use for each color used in their art. Much of the time, colored wool blocks will suffice, but sometimes more subtle colors require other blocks.

 

* Have students enter the game and find a space to build. Be sure no one goes too far away from start but that everyone still feels comfortable with their proximity to their neighbors. As they build, float around to offer support. Be sure students are titling and signing their work.

 

Share:

Let students explore and see the progress of the others and leave positive feedback signs.

Optional:

Students can share suggestions on feedback signs as well.

 

 

Performance Expectations

Finish + Reflect:

Give students some time to make final adjustments to their work and to take screenshots to document what they achieved.

Skills

  • Character
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Famous Self-Portraits from the World

Check out these artists' self-portraits