will milne
Photographer and Photography Educator

Photography Project: Painting Recreation Composite

Project Published 7/17/18 Last updated on 3/2/20

This project was originally written for an advanced-level digital photography class, but could easily be adjusted for a graphic design class or lower level class.

Brief Description: (please see attached PDF for lesson plan)

This project helps to develop students compositing skills while simultaneously learning about art history.

Students choose a famous painting and then work to replace various elements of the painting (people, items, etc...) with their own photographs, paying special attention to the pose, lighting, edit and more.

See files for more information!

  • Photoshop

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

  • Lightroom

    The cloud-based photo service for people who love photography.

1+ Week
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

DSLR cameras, lighting equipment, computer or tablet equipped with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Ahmed Belal

Posted on 1/12/20 12:01:37 PM Permalink

​Thanks for Sharing

Yvette Worboys

Posted on 11/11/19 2:41:58 AM Permalink

​Great resource, thanks for sharing.

Lauren Petiti

Posted on 10/16/19 3:24:20 PM Permalink

​This is such an intriguing project. I'd love to try this with my students!

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/14/19 4:53:36 PM Permalink

Excellent Resources Great Work ​

Mick Perkins

Posted on 6/30/19 7:38:47 AM Permalink

​Amazing stuff

great resource and inspiration to digital painters


Posted on 6/7/19 5:46:53 PM Permalink

Creative and artistic project, very useful to develop students' artistic spirit.

Michel Sohel

Posted on 5/16/19 7:31:52 PM Permalink

​Awesome Idea Will. Would love to do this lesson with my kids.

Jillian Buzzard

Posted on 3/27/19 6:46:13 PM Permalink

​i miss club penguin:-(

Grayce Teague

Posted on 3/27/19 6:45:51 PM Permalink

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Jillian Buzzard

Posted on 3/27/19 6:43:40 PM Permalink

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Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 3/20/19 2:26:14 PM Permalink


Romain Patte

Posted on 3/5/19 1:55:04 PM Permalink

​Thank you!

yvette Worboys

Posted on 1/30/19 9:26:57 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing​

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/2/18 5:37:09 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Patrick Caster

Posted on 11/16/18 9:40:16 PM Permalink

​I do this assignment with on difference, the students must recreate the painting with a photograph. They must find a painting and then replicate the pose, costume, lighting and composition.

Ginger Sisco-Cook

Posted on 10/4/18 3:12:23 PM Permalink

What a great idea. An opportunity to teach technical skills along with the history of art. Thanks for sharing!​

will milne

Posted on 10/4/18 3:31:05 PM Permalink


Judy Durkin

Posted on 9/24/18 5:45:09 PM Permalink

I love the concept and will do it with my Yearbook students since they are the only ones with access to cameras. I think I will also open it up to clip art.

Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 9/19/18 6:45:52 PM Permalink

​Hi Will

Really it's very helpful Project

I appreciate your work, thank you for sharing

I'll use it in my graphic design class.

I know my students are going to benefit from this!

Avonn Nova

Posted on 8/16/18 2:16:51 AM Permalink

​Wow this is a nice way to assess the skills of the students.

Alister Gray

Posted on 8/15/18 9:03:10 AM Permalink

​Thanks very much. Great simple idea that can be as complex as the students want to make it

Dena Wilson

Posted on 8/8/18 5:45:17 PM Permalink

What a great project. And easily adaptable to specific classes or age groups. ​

will milne

Posted on 8/8/18 5:54:15 PM Permalink


Ron Kusayanagi

Posted on 8/8/18 4:09:10 PM Permalink

​Great research project and using digital skills to apply for the 21st century.

Farah Mahbub

Posted on 8/8/18 2:11:19 PM Permalink

​What a wonderful idea, I will certainly do this assignment with my students.

Sung Yumi

Posted on 8/8/18 2:08:16 PM Permalink

Brilliant project!

will milne

Posted on 8/8/18 3:15:46 PM Permalink


Héctor Adolfo Bernal Sandoval

Posted on 8/8/18 12:19:23 PM Permalink

​Thanks for the material

Maarten Vanthiel

Posted on 8/8/18 12:16:49 PM Permalink

Two downloads come without extens​ions.

will milne

Posted on 8/8/18 3:15:08 PM Permalink

​Those might be the two URLs that link to helpful information from Adobe Create.

Jessica Campbell

Posted on 8/8/18 12:11:01 PM Permalink

​I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! Definitely using this year. Thanks for sharing!

will milne

Posted on 8/8/18 3:15:36 PM Permalink

​Of course! My students always have a lot of fun with it and learn about art history at the same time.