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pushpin project


by JuliannaKunstler.com


Choose 6 school departments (circle them):

  • Art
  • Business & Information Technology
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music
  • Physical Education, Health, Driver’s Education
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology & Engineering
  • World Languages

Brainstorm your associations with these departments.

Example: Art brush strokes, palette, paint, pottery, pencils, brush, designs, architectural elements, colors, value scale, etc…

Arrange pushpins in a way that will represent your associations. Sketch your ideas first and explain how this arrangement represents the department. Take multiple pictures of these arrangements with different lighting and at different angles. Use “close-up” or distance shooting, find interesting angles. You do not need to fit everything in a viewfinder. Be creative!


Information Technology Math Language Arts
Fine Art Science Phy Ed


Open Finder to choose a picture. You can change the size of thumbnails (bottom right corner slider) for easy browsing.

Right-click on a thumbnail. Choose: Open with > Adobe Photoshop

This is what it should look like.

Choose Rectangular Marquee Tool in the Toolbox. Hold SHIFT on your keyboard and draw a square selection that you are going to crop.

Image > Crop

Now, that you have a square image – time to enhance it and manipulate the colors. If the image is not contrasted enough – fix it with LEVELS. Image > Adjustments > Levels

Levels window will pop up. Drag the black slider to the start of the graph, drag the white slider to the end of the graph. Use middle grey slider to make image lighter or darker. Click OK when done.

To adjust colors (hues) and their brightness (saturation) – go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation

Drag Hue slider to adjust colors And/or Drag Saturation slider to adjust brightness. I do not recommend dragging Lightness slider.

Change image size. Go to Image > Image Size

Set it to 6”x6”.

File > Save As

File > Print

Choose the correct printer