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Portrait Photography Unit - "Humans of Ann Arbor"


Portraiture has evolved from very formal photographs similar to classic oil paintings, to very informal snapshots and even Selfies. Portrait photography can be one of the most challenging forms of photography. Capturing a photo that appears natural and conveys the subject's personality is a skill that takes patience and practice.

A portrait photograph should be a well-planned image that tells us something special about the person(s) being photographed. This could be a person’s story, reflect their personality, or catch them in a moment of action.  To practice capturing powerful portrait photographs, students will use five subjects to take creative portraits of. They will experiment with various tips and tricks to portrait photography, while mastering the art of photoshop editing.  To share their portrait photographs, the class will collaborate with the local “Humans of Ann Arbor” group to share their work with thousands of local Ann Arbor-ian’s!

Learning Targets: 
Art.VA.III.HS.1: Analyze and describe the formal characteristics of a work of art or design. (Art History #5)
ART.I.VA.HS.3: Apply organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems. (Goosechase Activity, Final Series of Portrait Images)
Art.VA.III.HS.3: Critically observe a work of art to evaluate and respond to the artist’s intent using art vocabulary and terminology. (Chalk-Talk Critique)
ART.I.VA.HS.4: Be involved in and/or understand the process and presentation of a final product or exhibit. (ePortfolio Reflection)
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