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Community Connections

Urban Arts Space partners with ADD Ohio for a weekly program called Community Connections. Members of ADD and an aid come to Urban Arts Space or the Cultural Arts Center every week for a project, tour or discussion led by student education assistants. Below is an example of a lesson plan. 



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Photo Collage Self-Portraits

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Written by: Emily Biesemeier & Cali Sanker
School: Ohio State University Urban Arts Space
Unit Lesson Title: Photo Collage Self-Portraits
Grade level: Adults
Length of Class Period: 60min


Anticipatory Set: Redefining the idea of traditional self-portraits with a mixed media flare.

Central Focus (Form and Structure, Art Production, Context, Personal Perspective)

Self-expression and use of creativity through the use of color and pattern by creating a photo collage self-portrait.

Essential Questions (provocative, engaging, critical)
·       By using only colors and patterns, could you try to describe yourself?
·       What types of lines and shapes would represent you?
·       What is a collage? What are some examples that you have seen in your life?
·       What is a photograph? Do you take photos in your everyday life?

(Stage One) Performance-based Assessment Objectives

Students will use both gross and fine motor skills in the making of their art.

(Stage Two) Performance-based Assessment Strategies

The teacher will individually meet each students’ needs in a way that helps them with this particular art piece. The teacher will work along with the students and watch for any challenges within the group.

Academic Language

Photograph: a picture made using a camera, in which an image is focused onto film or other light-sensitive material and then made visible and permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally.

Self Portrait: a portrait of an artist produced or created by that artist.

Collage: a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing.

Oil pastel: a painting and drawing medium with characteristics similar to pastels and wax crayons

Pattern: a repeated decorative design.

Accommodations for Special Populations

The teacher will make an example for the students to pass around and view. The teacher will engage students by asking questions and reiterating key points and vocabulary within this project. For deaf  individuals, the teacher will use signs and demonstrate the process in front of them by pointing and looking for some understanding from the student. The teacher may work on a piece of their own to show students how to begin. The teacher will encourage each student to continue to stay engaged and focus on each mark that is made on the paper while also giving words of encouragement.


Materials/Resources for Teacher
Prepare gallery for an art making class by setting up tables, chairs and gathering materials.

Materials for Students
Oil pastels
Printed photo
Safety Procedures- The teacher will give a quick demonstration on basic scissor safety and proper handling. The teacher will also remind students that their assistance is available to students who may need help with particular parts of the project.


(Stage Three) Learning Activity

Getting the Classroom Environment Ready

The teacher will prepare a space in the gallery for the students to work. Tables and chairs will be arranged so that it is accessible for all of the individuals. All of the supplies will be at the end of one of the tables and ready to distribute.

Procedures for the Teaching/Learning Structure (indicate approximate time for each step)

1.     Greet (3 minutes)

a.      Students will enter the gallery space, the teacher will greet the students and bring all students to the art making space where they will be asked to sit down and wait for directions.

2.     Introduction to art lesson (5 minutes)

a.      The teacher will ask what the students already know about what a photos, self-portraits and collages.

b.      The teacher will show the example and pass it around.

c.      The teacher will tell the students to think about the colors and patterns that they will use that could describe them (things they like, their personality, etc)

3.     Pass out supplies (3 minutes)

a.      Paper will be handed out first and then pencils

4.     Students will sketch out and plan their patterns with pencil (10 minutes)

5.     Pass out oil pastels and begin filling in designs (17 minutes)

6.     Individually meet with teacher to have picture taken (5 minutes)

7.     Print out pictures (8 minutes)

8.     Distribute printed photos and begin to cut them out (8 minutes)

a.      Give assistance to any students who may need assistance.

9.     Glue on cut photos to collage (3 minutes)

Clean-up Procedures

The teacher will clean up all materials, tables and chairs once the group leaves. 

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