Art and Architecture
Material Type:
Assessment, Homework/Assignment
Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
  • Lesson Plan
  • photography
  • visual art
  • visual-art
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    Education Standards

    2nd Grade Art Portfolio

    2nd Grade Art Portfolio


    This lesson is a great way for students to display their artwork from the year in a digital slideshow/video.  Students will take Photos of thier artwork to create a presentation in a slideshow labeling material, names, techniques, or themes for their work.  They will learn skills in photo taking and cropping, and Adobe Creative Cloud Slideshow.

    Photo by Karolina Badzmierowska on Unsplash



    Students will go through all of the collected art they have created from the school year.  They will photograph their art and organize them into an Adobe Creative Cloud Express. 

    • Time frame: 4 parts, 25 minutes each (about 1 hour 40 minutes)
    • Format face-to-face or virtual
    • Author Katie Dunn

    Background for Teachers:

    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of how to use a camera and upload pictures to Adobe Creative Cloud Express.  You will need to know how to use Adobe Creative Cloud Express App on a tablet or on a computer. And have a way for your students to use it.  You can use a google account for this.
    • You will need knowledge on how to use Adobe Creative Cloud Express(Adobe Spark Video or Page) and knowing how to crop or edit photos will be helpful.
    • You will need the Adobe Creative Cloud express App on your devices

    Adobe App

    • The following resources can help you teach this topic...
    • Videos: How to use Adobe Creative Cloud to made a video... And How to Photograph your art...
    • Adobe Spark Video
      Photograph of your art


    Adobe Spark Slideshow

    This video is great to guide students but watch before hand so you are prepared.  Students can take pictures while making the slidshow but that would be hard if they are creating on a computer.  If using a tablet this is more doable, otherwise taking pictures and uploading where they can access them is an added step.

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to photograph their art work in a professional way and edit/crop if needed
    • Students will be able to create a video/slideshow display of their artwork using Adobe Creative Cloud Express (Adobe Spark)
    • Students will distinguish between different materials or techniques in the presentation by labeling them
    • Students will understand how art exhibits contribute to community as they share their presentation with others inside or outside of the school.

    Common core Standards: Fine Arts: Visual Art

    Strand: PRESENT (2.V.P.)
    Students will analyze, interpret, refine, and select artistic work for presentation. They will convey meaning in the manner in which the art is presented (Standards 2.V.P.1–3).

    Standard 2.V.P.1:
    Categorize artwork based on a theme or concept for an exhibit.

      Standard 2.V.P.2:
      Distinguish between different materials or artistic techniques for preparing artwork for presentation.

        Standard 2.V.P.3:
        Analyze how art exhibited inside and outside of schools (such as in museums, galleries, virtual spaces, and other venues) contributes to communities.

        Step 2 - Planning Instruction

        Step 2 Planning Instruction

        Student Background Knowledge

        • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have 5 or more pieces of art that they created.
        • Prior to this lesson students should know some basic photo editing skills and be familiar with use the camera on their device
        • Prior to this lessons students should have a google login and have the Adobe Creative Cloud installed on their device.

        Strategies for Diverse Learners

        Students could work together as they create.  Students could be assigned a buddy to use if they need help.  The teacher could create a template for the student to simply add art to to simplify the project.

        Step 3 - Instruction

        Step 3 Instruction

        Part 1:  Watch or summarize to students "Take Photos of your Art" video.  I will demonstrate to students, or show clips from the video, of how to best take a photo of a peice of art work.  Students will take pictures of 4-6 peices of their own art on the tablet. 

        Photo taking tips:

        • Good lighting
        • Clean area and background
        • Take from straight above or put agaisnt the wall (tape to the wall) Make sure it looks square or rectangular
        • No glares or shadows
        • Don't hold it. It will flop or your fingers will show
        • If you need better lighting try outside or by a window
        • If needed crop or edit the photo with camera app editing (advanced editing adjust brightness, etc) Try to get it to look like your original

        Part 2:  Students will watch the 10 minute tutorial on Adobe Creative Cloud Express. Show a student example of an Art Show Slideshow.  Have students login and and create their first slide and demonstrate how to upload photos from your device into your slideshow.

        *Remind students about Digital Citizenship and how important it is to keep our login information and passwords safe.  It is also important to be safe online and not share personal information with people we don't know so for this reason have students put only thier first name on their video.  Students will need to publish the video to share so we want to make sure we are safe and don't share any personal information like full name or school (location) at this time.

        Part 3:  Students use the full time to create their slideshow.  Extra time may be needed for some after this part of the lesson.  Students who finish can help others who need help.

        Part 4: Provide a way for students to share their projects.  Slideshows should be about 1 minute each.  Students chould share on a discussion board or with the class in the classroom.

        • Rubric Link
          • Professional Slide show includes
            • Title
            • 5-6 Slides with 4-6 Photos of art
            • Photos of art should look professional and straight with no shadows
            • Artist's name is included
            • Text-Student included some text stating materials, techniques or themes using in their art
        • Links:
          • Instructional videos attached below

        Step 4 - Assessments

        Step 4 Assessments

        • Rubric Link
          • Professional Slide show includes
            • Title
            • 5-6 Slides with 4-6 Photos of art
            • Photos of art should look professional and straight with no shadows
            • Artist's name is included
            • Text-Student included some text stating materials, techniques or themes using in their art
        • Student Example:  
          Sample Art Show