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A collection of ten lesson plans, titled AP Studio Art: 2-D Design — Activities to Build Artmaking Skills and Understanding Through Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud Applications (.pdf/3.5MB), is available to teachers participating in AP Digital Edge. This book and all its accompanying resources can be downloaded from this page.

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To see the Photoshop skills that are tested on the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification for the Visual Communication Using Photoshop exam mapped against each AP Digital Edge lesson in which they're used, see the AP Studio Art: 2-D Design and Photoshop Curriculum Mapping chart below.

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design Teacher and Student Resources

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Students will use Photoshop and 2-D design elements and principles to develop a plan for an original infographic that can be included in the Breadth or Concentration section of their AP 2-D Design portfolio. Students will apply Photoshop skills including planning an image; setting up files in appropriate formats; working with layers; making selections; using drawing, painting, and type tools; and preparing work for presentation.

Lesson 1 Resources
Teacher Student

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Students will create a diptych or triptych for the Breadth or Concentration section of their portfolio using Photoshop. They will be challenged to create a composition using 2-D design elements and principles to show multiple perspectives of a subject or idea, show their individual viewpoint, and demonstrate technical competence. Students will apply Photoshop skills including planning an image; setting up files in appropriate formats; working with layers; making selections; using drawing, painting, and type tools; and preparing work for presentation.

Lesson 2 Resources
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This lesson gives students the opportunity to create virtual street art as a way to explore their environment and show incongruity in a playful, creative way while demonstrating a specific artistic intent. In this lesson, students will create an artwork that uses Photoshop to create images that highlight incongruity, in order to contrast images and produce artwork that communicates a deeper meaning. They will learn to use photographic compositing techniques including Adobe Photoshop selections, adjustments, blend modes, and filters.

Lesson 3 Resources
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Students will use Photoshop to create a work for the Concentration section of their portfolio that demonstrates decision-making and discovery through a synectic approach to investigation. Students will demonstrate purposeful decision-making about how to use elements and principles of 2-D design in an integrative way. They will develop an original composition for the Concentration section of their portfolio that conveys original artistic vision and intent, by applying Photoshop skills including planning a composition; setting up files in appropriate formats; working with layers; making selections; using drawing, painting, and type tools; and preparing their composition for presentation.

Lesson 4 Resources
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Students will create a magazine cover for the Breadth or Concentration section of their portfolio using Photoshop. They will be challenged to create an original composition, using 2-D design elements and principles, that clearly communicates a specific idea related to the content of the magazine and engages viewers. Students will apply Photoshop skills including planning an image; setting up files in appropriate formats; working with layers; making selections; using drawing, painting, and type tools; and preparing work for presentation.

Lesson 5 Resources
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Students invent an original superhero or iconic figure using Photoshop to create their figure in a cartoon or comic book style. Their compositions will also incorporate design motifs of symbols and/or text related to the qualities of their figure. Students will demonstrate purposeful decision making about how to use elements and principles of 2-D design in an integrative way. They will develop an original composition for the Breadth or Concentration section of their portfolio. They will convey original artistic vision and intent by applying Photoshop skills including planning an image; setting up files in appropriate formats; working with layers; making selections; using drawing, painting, and type tools; and preparing work for presentation.

Lesson 6 Resources
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Students will create a new twist on a self-portrait — an identity poster — for the Breadth or Concentration section of their portfolio using Photoshop. They will create an original composition using 2-D design elements and principles in an integrative way. Students will apply Photoshop skills including planning an image; setting up files in appropriate formats; working with layers; making selections; using drawing, painting, and type tools; and preparing work for presentation.

Lesson 7 Resources
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Students will create a set of trading cards for the Breadth or Concentration section of their portfolio using Photoshop. They will apply design elements and principles, specifically scale, to incorporate their digital images of small human-like representations such as Lego Mini Figures, Star Wars figures, Barbie and Ken dolls, Fisher Price little people, army figures, worry dolls, and the like into a group of original compositions that are unified by concept and/or theme. Students will apply Photoshop skills including planning an image; setting up files in appropriate formats; working with layers; making selections; using drawing, painting, and type tools; and preparing work for presentation.

Lesson 8 Resources
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Students will create an artwork suitable for the Breadth Section of their portfolio that demonstrates the principle of movement. They will develop an original digital composition using Photoshop to integrate design elements and principles in an integrative way, with the intent of emphasizing the concept of motion in their image. Students will practice and apply Photoshop skills including planning an image; setting up files in appropriate formats; working with layers; making selections; using drawing, painting, and type tools; and preparing work for presentation.

Lesson 9 Resources
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Students will employ a variety of ideas, materials, and techniques, investigating their Concentration theme or topic from multiple perspectives. They will create two or more works of art that demonstrate artistic growth and transformation. Working with the notion of time or change, students will capture an event or concept through a series of digital images. They will apply design elements and principles and use Photoshop tools and processes to manipulate form and content.

Lesson 10 Resources
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