SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 41 movie poster. This theme seemed to resonate a little more with students. I allowed students to include the images they had already collected or to gather more. I showed them how to find domain-free images using Google Image. The criteria for the project included the following: • Create a poster in Photoshop for either an original movie or a spoof of an existing movie. • Use text in the poster. Refer to elements of existing or vintage movie posters as guidelines. • The background layer must be from a separate source from the elements added to it. • The middle-ground layer must be from a separate source from ele- ments in the foreground. • Filters and cropping must be used to alter original and public domain photographs in some way. (Discuss plagiarism with students.) • Filters should enhance the theme of the poster. • URLs for images gathered from the internet must be saved in a sepa- rate document. Editing Some students who had experience with Photoshop were able to assist others with solving issues. They also shared YouTube tutorials, which had helped them in learning how to use many of the features. I was there to help them consider the composition of their layout with prompts such as: • If you saw this poster at the theater, would you want to see the movie? • What elements of movie posters attract you? • How does the composition set the mood for the movie? As students became comfortable manipulating the images, I prompted them to consider the following: • Did you explore other font choices before selecting this one? • Does the effect you used fit with the theme of your poster or distract from it? • Do the design choices fit with the genre of the film? When students completed their movie posters, they were printed on a large poster printer at our school and displayed in the hallway. Extension Next, I showed students how to use the Trailer option in iMovie. The program is designed so users can edit the text and drop photos and video clips into a selected theme. Using a few guidelines, students created trail - ers for their films. They were allowed t o film one another as actors as well as use images previously generated. The only requirement was that the trailer had to include the movie poster somewhere in the clip. On the last day of the project, students presented their iMovie trailers to the class. And yes, there was popcorn. Melody Weintraub is an art teacher at Briarcrest Christian School in Eads, Ten- nessee. weintraub @ gmail.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Generate and conceptualize new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K www.melodyweintraub.com Previous page: Carlie Norman, Tina the Tropical Traveling Tortoise. Bottom-left: Ivy Hogan, Let's Ride the Waves! Bottom-right: Emmye Conway, Magic Hour.

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