8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Art and Design
This lesson is the second in a series of personal art inspired Minecraft activities. Recreate your grid paper selfie in our class Portrait Gallery.
November 18, 2020
Selfie, Minecraft-Style Part 1 Prerequisite Lesson
Pixel Portraits - Build Challenge
Classroom bulletin board example of the prerequisite art project, Selfie’s: Minecraft-Style.
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
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.
• Make a tutorial video for teaching others how to craft their selfie in Minecraft.
• 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
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