Unit Title: New Media

Unit Title:New Media Lesson for the Computer
Lesson Title: What's New With Red,Yellow,Blue?
Author: Paula Duddy
Overview: This lesson is designed to introduce students to MSPaint as an art-making tool. Using traditional creative problem solving skills students will develop a color image using the primary triad

Frameworks: Arts Content
Grade Level: Grades 9-12
Objective: To encourage students to explore color, composition, and traditional design principles using readily available computer software.
Time: 40 minutes
Motivation: During the previous day's class students used traditional art supplies to create images exclusively using the primary triad. Students looked at works by Matisse, Calder and Mondrian. Using the computer and MSPaint as an art tool students will create an image using the primary triad which will involve a new series of creative problem solving issues.
Materials: Computer Workstations, MSPaint, Discs,Color Printer Optional Supplies: Slides, digital camera,LCD display
1. Provide time to discuss the use of primary colors.
2. Briefly discuss works of art by Mondrian & Matisse
3. Open computers to MSPaint & describe use of tool bar
4. Demonstrate saving to the A: drive
5. Students will have about 25 minutes to create images
6. Assist students at individual computer stations, if needed
7. Class will agree on three of the strongest images to critque.
8. Save work to be printed out during the next class
Reflections: What was most challenging about this color experience? What was most fun? Did the use of only three colors limit your experience or make it more satisfying? Which art materials did you perfer when making this image...traditional supplies or the computer?
Resources: Color Wheel, Slides, Tool Bar on MSPaint.
Modifications: This lesson may require more than 40 minutes.
Special Considerations: Students will come to the class with a variety of computer skills from beginner to advanced. Use a buddy system policy where one student can help another.