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Selfie, Minecraft-Style Part 2

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

Art and Design

Digital Literacy

This lesson is the second in a series of personal art inspired Minecraft activities. Recreate your grid paper selfie in our class Portrait Gallery.

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avatar Submitted By: Jan Lewis

November 18, 2020

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Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Classroom bulletin board example of the prerequisite art project, Selfie’s: Minecraft-Style.


Learning Objectives

  • Create a piece of digital art using our grid-paper selfies as inspiration.
  • ONT Visual Arts Grade 6 Fundamental Concepts: Grade 6 will develop understanding of the following concepts through participation in a variety of hands-on, open-ended visual arts experiences. ELEMENTS OF DESIGN Students will develop understanding of Colour specifically through using colour for expressive purposes; colour for creating naturalistic images
  • ONT Visual Arts Grade 6 Fundamental Concepts: Grade 6 will develop understanding of the following concepts through participation in a variety of hands-on, open-ended visual arts experiences. PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN the focus in Grade 6 will be on Balance: arrangement of the elements of design such as space and colour to create the impression of equality in weight or importance.
  • ONT Visual Arts Grade 6 Overall Expectation -- Creating and Presenting: Apply the creative process to produce art works in a variety of traditional two- and three-dimensional forms, as well as multimedia art works, that communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts as well as current media technologies.
  • ONT Visual Arts Grade 6 Specific Expectations D1.2 demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic D1.3 use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings D1.4 use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and technologies to determine solutions to design challenges. D2.2 explain how the elements and principles of design are used in their own and others’ art work

Guiding Ideas

Students should complete the Prerequisite Lesson: Part 1 -- Create a selfie, Minecraft-style, that demonstrates the element of colour and the principle of balance using grid paper.

When ready to extend that into Part 2, use these questions:

• Which blocks and/or colours of materials will you choose for each block in your selfie?

o Will you select materials or colours that are meaningful in deeper ways to you, or will you make decisions strictly on following your blueprint (2D selfie)?

• Will your sculpture by land-bound (on the ground), free floating in the air, or a combination of the two?

o How does changing your idea about the spaces your sculpture will fill change the final feel and image?

• What will the dimensions of your selfie be? What will be the length, height, and width?

o If you use more than a depth of a single 1x1 block can that truly be called a “selfie” or has it stopped being a selfie and become a “sculpture”? Explain.

• Will you create a frame around your selfie? Why or why not? If yes, explain your choice of materials for your frame.

• When your selfie is complete, construct one or more "viewing benches" to communicate the best or most interesting angles that audiences are invited to sit and experience your selfie. Explain why you chose these locations

 

Student Activities

Follow these Steps to Success

1. Join the Portrait Gallery world provided by your teacher or load a new “Blocks of Grass” template to work independently.

2. If using a shared world: Move to your assigned area in the Gallery space. Remember to follow respect and common sense rules when traveling through other people’s spaces. You do not have permission to help other artists by creating or destroying blocks they’ve placed in their area. Treat their work the way you want them to treat yours!

3. Use the Guiding Questions above to make decisions about your selfie’s size, design, space, dimensions, and materials.

4. Craft & learn! Remember to take photos using the Camera & Portfolio to document your creative process in the beginning, the middle, and upon completion.

5. When you're satisfied with your creation, plan and build your "viewing benches".

6. Take pictures of your selfie from the point of view of the audience by standing in front of or on each of the viewing benches you've made. Label these pictures in the Portfolio.

7. Proofread, sign, and export your Portfolio to OneDrive to share with your teacher and classmates.

Extension Challenges

• Make a tutorial video for teaching others how to craft their selfie in Minecraft.

 

Performance Expectations

Students will…

• engage in design thinking to plan and create a selfie of specific dimensions to communicate a specific idea (their visage)

• be able to explain their design process and decisions based on the Guiding Questions when showcasing their work to their peers or in written or oral conference with their teacher

• document their work using the Camera & Portfolio before, during, and after the finished product

• export their Portfolio to OneDrive and share it with the teacher and/or their peers

 

Skills

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Project Based Learning

Supporting Files

Classroom bulletin board example of the prerequisite art project, Selfie’s: Minecraft-Style.