Student artists learn to recognize shapes and types of lines as they design and draw their own superheroes.
They begin by creating a book that tells the backstory of their superhero using their choice of drawing, writing, or a combination. They then move on to drawing and watercoloring their superhero.
“Her origin story is she first was a little kid and she grew up to be a very big kid and she was really nice and sweet until someone took her and captured her in a cage and then she had a big party to go to but she missed it. And she was very sad. She visited Antarctica and a snow monster hit her with it’s snow powers and she got snow powers. The snow powers are ice, snow, and winter. She saves people with these powers. She lives in Antarctica.”
Scope & Sequence:
Lesson 1: In this lesson, student artists are introduced to the basic characteristics of superheroes, as well as understanding that each superhero had his or her own unique backstory. Student artists brainstorm & generate a backstory for a unique superhero by creating a zine. They leave the cover blank for future lessons.
Lesson 2: In this lesson, student artists learn about line and shape, and create silhouettes of their superhero on their zine’s cover.
Lesson 3: In this lesson, students look at how artists help to define their character through the details in their character’s costume. They then create their own details that reflect their superhero’s backstory.
Lesson 4: A second day for adding details
Lesson 5: Students complete their covers with watercolor.
Lesson 6: Optional. a final day for finishing.
(you can preview the first lesson in a project without enrolling by clicking on ‘lesson 1’ above).
The above will take you to a supply list that assumes a class size of 30. Adjust according to your needs.
Books & Media:
Optional: 5-Minute Marvel Stories and/or old comics for early finishers
line, shape/form, color
proportion/scale, balance, emphasis
National Core Visual Art Standards: VA:Cr1.1.1a, VA:Cr1.2.2a, VA:Cr1.2.3a, VA:Cr2.1.1a, VA:Cr2.1.2a, VA:Cr2.1.3a, VA:Cr3.1.2a, VA:Cr3.1.3a, VA:Re.7.2.1a, VA:Re.7.2.3a
Language arts & writing (reading and developing stories)
Common Core Standards:
RL.2.2, RL.3.2, RL.2.3, RL.3.3, RL.1.7, RL.2.7, RL.3.7, W.1.7, W 2.7, W.1.8, W.2.8, SL.1.1a, SL.2.1a, SL.1.1b, SL.2.1b, SL.1.3, SL.2.3, SL.1.5, 1.G.2