Karen Harrison

Digital Self Portrait Collage

Project Published 8/25/11 Last updated on 5/16/18
Students are shown images of contemporary collage artists. Students are given background information and definitions of the art terms: Collage, mixed-media, tradition, variety, contrast and unity. Students reflect and write about things that make them unique such as culture, language, music, food, etc. After an introduction to the various tools in Photoshop, students utilize their knowledge to create digital collages. Projects are graded based on use of the following: selection tools, type, fIlters, layers, images, symbolism, gradient(s) and opacity. They must also include an image of themselves and other items that describe or represent who they are.
  • Photoshop

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

1+ Week
ISTE Standards
Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer

Digital photos or scanned images.

Adobe Photoshop

CC License
Attribution Non-Commercial
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Dawn Fischer

Posted on 10/14/19 4:03:51 PM Permalink

Love the preparation work in this assignment!. Thank you so much for sharing; my students will love it!​

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/1/19 12:44:29 AM Permalink

Great Resource Thanks for Sharing | Karen Impressive Work

Andrew Bawden

Posted on 6/2/19 6:24:46 AM Permalink

​I want to do this assignment with my students but can't find the tutorials to use.

Michel Sohel

Posted on 5/16/19 7:39:49 PM Permalink

​Very Good lesson plan Karen. Would love to do it with kids.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 3/12/18 8:46:42 PM Permalink

​Thank you for all of the materials that go with this assignment. I am going to do it in class and see what happens. Thanks!

Karen Harrison

Posted on 1/8/14 10:28:14 PM Permalink

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

John - So I am about a year late responding to your comment... Sorry! Just saw it... I added a few more resources including a PowerPoint with some examples. I hope this helps!

And yes, Kris, they love any project having to do with themselves!!

John Diaz Jr

Posted on 2/23/13 6:04:56 AM Permalink

Ms. Harrison love this lesson, I was curious if you could share with me some sites where I can show students Contemporary collage artists? When you say that students write about what makes them unique, do you have set form or just give them the topics and then they random write about their favorite or unique things and then find images to match their writings? Thank you, and I do like this lesson and the work you have shown is great.

Kris Fontes

Posted on 10/24/12 1:38:38 AM Permalink

Students are such narcissists...they love anything that has to do with them!

John Doherty

Posted on 9/7/12 6:35:29 PM Permalink

Lovely idea. I'm sure there is a lot of hard work behind the fun.

Nicole Dalesio

Posted on 8/30/11 4:10:33 PM Permalink


Ammar Midani

Posted on 8/27/11 9:01:43 AM Permalink

love this project.