Phase 4. Lay Out All Together 


Students will create a self-portrait illustration with the photography of their self-portrait, which was one of their previous project.

Students will make the placed photo layer to template, and create a new layer to trace their self-portraits. 

Central Foci
1. Art Context: 

Illustrating, drawing, digital painting

2. Elements and Principles: 
  • Elements: shape, color
  • Principle: harmony, balance
3. Personal Perspective: 

Students will choose one hue that reflect the theme of social justice poster.

4. Production ("Making" words): 

Tracing, illustrating, reproducing, drawing, digital painting.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Learn how one color defines differently by its hue, value and chroma.
  • Learn how to repaint their self-portrait illustration without using eye-dropper tool to select colors. 

Students will understand that:

  • With more practice in canalization, they will be able to create precise illustration.
Essential Prior Learning
  • Use of Pen tool
  • Use of Live Paint Bucket Tool
  • Knowledge of social justice
Learning Readiness

My cooperating teacher told me that students already learned about social justice in their social studies class. For Adobe Illustrator, I previously taught students how to use the Pen Tool and Live Bucket Tool, so students are in process of learning, but they still need to develop using Bezier Handles to create natural curves. 

Potential Misunderstandings and Strategies

Some students still struggle using Bezier Handle, and their lines are often formed as broken straight lines, rather than curved, organic type of lines.

I have prepared several types of instructions - video recording of using Adobe Illustrator, PDF instructions with screenshots, and written instruction, which I uploaded on Google Classroom.


iMac (or Desktop Computer)

Adobe Illustrator

Self-portrait photography

Drawing Tablet (optional)

Visual Resources

Shepard Fairey - "We the People Are Greater Than Fear"

Jessical Sabogal - "Women Are Perfect"