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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Phyllis Burstein
with students at Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago

Challenge:
In groups of 4 or 5, students take photos emphasizing point of view, proportion, and scale.

Materials: digital camera for each group of 4/5 students, handout with prompts for photos

Process:
• Students assemble in groups of 4/5.
• They take photos based on the following prompts:
--Make the tallest person in the group look small.
-- Make the shortest person in the group look tall.
-- Photograph something close-up and then again far away so that each photo looks like it is a different object/place.
-- Can you trick us? Take a photo that plays with our sense of space so that we are confused about point-of-view, proportion, and scale.

Lesson Expansion:
• Look at photos in magazines and online to see how advertisers manipulate point-of-view, proportion, and scale to emphasize the attributes of a product.