This visual arts lesson will allow students to get creative while practicing with either photography or videography. Students will also have to consider perspective from things outside themselves. Rubric included.
Grade Level: 8 - 12th
Length of Time: Several Class Periods
Objectives & Outcomes
The learners will create a photo array with narrative or a short video with sound sharing the perspective of an inanimate object. Students will be expected to be creative in both the verbal and artistic areas of the assignment.
- Cameras or video cameras for each student
- Computers/printers for completion of the project (any appropriate video sharing platform or photo sharing program should work)
Opening to Lesson
- Begin by asking students to sit on the floor.
- Ask students to think about the world from that perspective for a moment.
- How do things look different, what may look strange to something at that level?
- Now have students think about the world if they could only see from that position they are in, all day, every day, in the same spot.
- Tell them this is part of their next project.
Body of Lesson
- Explain to students that they will choose an inanimate object in the building or at their home to photograph or use for the video project.
- The first shot will be of the actual object, but all other photos or video shots will be from the perspective of the object.
- Additionally, commentary will be offered about how the object may think about the world.
- This is a lesson in personification.
- Have students share completed videos or photo arrays with commentary.
Assessment & Evaluation
Students will follow directions to create a photo array with narrative or a short video with sound sharing the perspective of an inanimate object. Students will be expected to be creative in both the verbal and artistic areas of the assignment. Create a rubric based on any specific outcomes you want achieved. A sample rubric is attached.
Modification & Differentiation
Allow students extra time or to work in a group as needed.
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