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Hybrid Animals in PhotoPea (Lesson Plan)

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Background Information: The Hybrid Animals Nightmare assignment comes after a week and a half of learning the basics of Photopea. The skills learned before this assignment were:

  • Inserting images

  • Resizing and rotating images

  • Layer masking

  • Selection tools such as lasso tool and magic cut

  • Layer organization

  • File Formats: PSD, JPG, PNG

  • Background Removal

  • Hue and Saturation adjustment layer

  • Merging layers

  • Canvas Size and Resolution

Students are also taught about appropriation and copyright guidelines artists use to create their artworks. Students were encouraged to find animal images that would "mesh" well with one another.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will create an original digital collage using various digital tools.

  • The student will learn how to appropriate images correctly from the internet.

  • The student will learn issues of artists and copyright laws.

Anchor Standards:

  • Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Essential Questions:

  • What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking?

  • What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks?

  • How does collaboration expand the creative process?

  • How do artists work?

  • How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective?

  • How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?

Enduring Understanding(s):

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed

  • Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches

  • Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.


  • Students were required to create 6 hybrid animals on one composition or 4 hybrid animals that interacted with one another.

  • Students may be given files to utilize to ensure proper resolution

Project Duration (1 Week):

  • Project Time: 4-5 Days

  • Reflection and Critique: 1 Day

Lesson Adaptations or Other Ideas:

  • Students may draw their animal combinations out of a hat.

Hybrid Animals Project Reflection_Rubric
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Student Examples:

Due to many of the royalty free websites being blocked on our district devices, these images were not downloaded from royalty free websites. The students were made aware of the limitations of what we could do with their final projects.

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