Tell a Story

Tell a Story

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By Edinburgh College of Art

4 Lesson Unit

A graphic designer’s job is to creatively communicate to others, to inform and ‘sell’ a product or service. They often use words and images but in this 4-week lesson we will also look at some other ways of communicating. Ultimately, we will encourage interpretation and storytelling through words, creative mark-making, without words and creatively using all of the senses.

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Lesson 1

Tell a story with words

Students will use their critical and analytical skills to deconstruct an image. They will learn how to use 3 strategies - stating the obvious, elaborating and reading between the lines.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 min

10 min - Pick an image from lucky dip and interpret the conversation.

10 min - Analyse an image with the class.

10 min - Analyse an image in groups.

10 min - Discuss the context of the event taking place and agree on one story.

10 min - Present your interpretation of image.

 

Themes Covered

Creative Expression

Critical Thinking

Presentation

Art & Design

Open Discussion

 
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Lesson 2

Tell a story with mark-making

Students will respond to descriptive vocabulary using exploratory mark-making techniques in a range of media.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

40 min - Pick a word and visually represent it on the paper.

10 min - Review it with the class and compare the results.

 

Themes Covered

Creative Expression

Critical Thinking

Art & Design

Open Discussion

 
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Lesson 3

Tell a story without words

Students will discuss the event of 2 bees falling in love using their 3 strategies. They will create a response to this event without words or literal visual imagery.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

5 min - Introduction.

30 min - In groups visually represent the story.

10 min - Groups present their ideas.

5 min - Share examples of ideas produced by university students.

 

Themes Covered

Creative Expression

Presentation

Team Work

Art & Design

Open Discussion

 
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Lesson 4

Tell a story with creativity using all the senses

Students will create an artefact in response to the theme of competitive sport. They will employ creative problem-solving strategies learnt throughout the lessons.

 
 

Lesson Run Time: 50 Min

5 min - Introduction.

35 min - Create a 2d or 3d artefact to represent a competitive sport.

10 min - Display work and review.

 

Themes Covered

Creative Expression

Presentation

Art & Design

 
 
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