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Low Poly/ Geometric Portraits

School: Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School

City/State: Brooklyn, NY

Grade(s): 6, 7

Format(s): Visual arts

Subject(s): Mathematics, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Before creating these geometric portraits using Photoshop, students were required to research a person from the African Diaspora who they wanted to use as the subject for their portrait. Next, they had to debate their teacher on their choice and explain what their person had accomplished to help society. If they were unable to win the debate, the student then had to do more in-depth research or pick another person and repeat the debate. 

Next, the students learned about geometric shapes, color theories, and how to find a light source. They examined different tonal ranges as well as how to keep the form of their subject.

Students also were able to write a page on the subject of their portrait as extra credit if time permitted.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • An excellent model of how math can be used to create stunning visual art
  • Shows how an added component such as a debate can make a project even more meaningful
  • Illustrates how students can use Photoshop in creative ways

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