Grade Level: 8th
Title: Wish You Were Here
Brief History and Background: Postcards showcase places that people have visited and are sent to loved ones/ friends to show where the sender has been. Postcards can convey emotions but what can happen when students strive to make a postcard of their home and try to push the postcards over the edge by making images that can express the senses? How can an image of one’s place convey sound, emotion, and or something that you can feel?
Standards: NETS 1.a. b. 4. a. b. c. d. 5. a. b. c. d. 6. a. b. c. d.
Goal: The lesson is successful when students have completed the postcard project.
The students learn about themselves by depicting their home. They learn to push their artwork over the edge by trying to incorporate the senses.
The students learn how to set up a composition that displays their home and how they think of it. They learn how to select images that convey meaning through the senses.
The students learn to appreciate their home and the power of the image.
Resource Materials/Visual Aides: Teacher’s exemplar. Mark Mothersbaugh’s Postcards from his Postcard Diaries series.
Supplies/Materials: Computer, scanner, camera.
Teacher Preparation: I will gather the necessary materials needed.
Introduction: Discuss the idea of postcards. What is there purpose? Now introduce the project. State that we will make a postcard of our home. Students should pick a feature of their home that displays the feeling or essence of their home. What do they think of when they think of their home? Show exemplar describe the meaning of your postcard. Ask students to think about what interests them and how it can be incorporated into their postcard to express a certain sense, e.g. music, can the students get a sense of music when looking at exemplar?
Directions: Students will be instructed to take photos of their home or bring in images that represent their home. They will upload or scan images into the computer and using photoshop manipulate the images and construct a successful composition.
Critique/Evaluation/Assessment: Once the project is successful students will display their work. The class will critique each other’s work. What senses are conveyed in the work? Does the composition work?
Time Budget: Students will be allowed one night at home to take photos. Students will then work in the art classroom for two periods. The final half of the second session will end in the critique.
Bibliography References: Retrieved September 27, 2008 from