Shirley Huller White

Grade 8: Art Education

This lesson was developed in association with art educator Alethea Roy.

All lessons presented here implement project and inquiry-based learning strategies, and meet or exceed Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework standards.

Artwork presented here may NOT be reproduced in any way.

Art Lesson/Unit: Grade Level 8

Art & Computer Media: Tunnel Book Design

Enduring Understandings:

  • Artists' books are works of art in the form of a book or book-like objects.
  • Artists can use a variety of book formats to create unique and expressive designs.
  • Artists sometimes use computers and software like Photoshop to help them plan, design and create a work of art: for this lesson you will create a Tunnel Book Design.

Essential Questions:

  • In what ways may you interpret the format of a Tunnel Book to create a design with a strong concept or theme?
  • In what ways may you digitally research and create imagery in Photoshop for your Tunnel Book design?
  • How can you construct a handmade Tunnel Book from your digitally prepared Photoshop files?

Exemplars and Inspirations:

This lesson is inspired by contemporary examples of Tunnel Book Designs.

Materials and Techniques:

  • Exemplars
  • Step-by-Step handouts: traditional & digital
  • 9 x 12 White Tag Board, precut templates as needed
  • Glue Sticks
  • Xacto Knives
  • Color Pencils and Markers for finishing
  • Computer Software: Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS
  • Color Printer, 8.5 x 11 printer paper
  • Use of Photoshop skills to alter imagery: selection tools, cropping, filters, transforming size/proportion, altering color, contrast, etc.


  • Students may choose a structured theme or work spontaneously
  • Students are encouraged to experiment with process