Angela Wong
Visual & Media Arts Educator

Current Event Collage

Lesson Plan Published 2/25/17 Last updated on 6/4/19

This lesson is the end cap to many smaller lessons that acclimate students to the PS workspace, selection tools, photo editing options, blending modes, and color replacement tool. Students learn about juxtaposition and storytelling in artwork. Students then choose a current event from the past year and create a composite image to tell the story of that current event. Since they are using images from the web, it is required that they change images dramatically as well as create a works cited to give credit to the original owner of the photo. Students really enjoy this assignment because it allows them to choose their own area of interest while still meeting the goals of the assignment. Students participate in a group critique at the end of the assignment.


Students will be able to successfully utilize juxtaposition in digital artwork in order to convey concepts and ideas to the viewer. Students will able to successfully utilize a variety of Photoshop CC tools, specifically the lasso tools, quick select, magic wand, select by color range, blending mode and color replacement tool.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Custom Standards
1.9 - Demonstrate the ability to create 2D and 3D works that show knowledge of unique characteristics of particular media, materials, and tools 1.10 - Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work 3.10 - Create 2D and 3D images that are original, convey a distinct point of view, and communicate ideas 5.10 - Critique their own work, the work of peers, and the work of professional artists, and demonstrate an understanding of the formal, cultural, and historical contexts of the work 9-12.CAS.c.8 - Analyze the impact of values and points of view that are presented in media messages (e.g., racial, gender, political). 9-12.DTC.a.2 - Select digital tools or resources based on their efficiency and effectiveness to use for a project or assignment, and justify the selection.
ISTE Standards
Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Innovative Designer
  • Laptop/Desktop Computer/Computer Lab
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Projector
  • Internet Connection
CC License
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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/15/19 1:25:21 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing i gain lot of experience from this resource

Donna Dolan

Posted on 4/13/18 6:12:08 PM Permalink

Oh My, Outstanding! Guess what I'm doing next week. ​

Angela Wong

Posted on 6/2/18 4:55:09 PM Permalink

Yay! Thank you! How did it turn out for you and your students?​

Donna Dolan

Posted on 6/3/18 7:15:53 PM Permalink

This could have been the BEST project all year. It gave me insight into my student's feelings on certain current events plus it gave them a way to voice what really resonated with them. My students said they enjoyed working on this project. I was very impressed with the end products. It will be a keeper for my bag of tricks.....

Angela Wong

Posted on 6/4/18 5:58:42 PM Permalink

That's wonderful! I'm so happy it worked out so well for you! I agree I have found it to be a great way for my students to have a voice and express how they feel about an issue/topic.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 3/12/18 8:33:27 PM Permalink

Wow - what a wonderful treasure trove of information - especially the rubric and guided questions. Excellent stuff! Thank you.

Angela Wong

Posted on 6/2/18 4:55:25 PM Permalink

You're most welcome! I'm happy to share!

Bron Fogg

Posted on 4/13/17 5:03:27 AM Permalink


Thanks for sharing - will use this as part of y Graphics skills class

Angela Wong

Posted on 4/15/17 1:28:05 AM Permalink

That's awesome! ​

Betsy Nilsen

Posted on 4/11/17 11:23:08 PM Permalink

​Hi - I don't see any downloadable materials with this post?

Angela Wong

Posted on 4/15/17 1:29:42 AM Permalink

Hi Betsy,

I shared web links for this assignment because everything is a Google Doc. It should be viewable only and you can download in a format you need or add to your own Google Folder. They're listed under "Teaching Material Assets" and there will be four web links - rubric, lesson plan, presentation and guiding questions to use during a critique. ​

Jill Frakes

Posted on 4/11/17 5:16:26 PM Permalink

​Thank you for sharing! Looks great

Angela Wong

Posted on 4/15/17 1:29:57 AM Permalink

You're very welcome! ​