Three main things will be considered when evaluating a student’s design work:


Effort - visible in the work and/or demonstrated in class; spend quality time on your work!

Creativity - how original your work is

Following Directions - did you explore the assignment as given?


  • Pen /Pencil
  • 1 Subject Notebook
  • 2-inch 3-ring binder
  • 8GB Flash Drive

Class Syllabus|Rules

3rd 6 Weeks

Technology Use


Students should have all devices on silent mode and put away when I am teaching. If you are doing independent work you may listen to music with one ear-bud in your ear.




Student grades for this course will be calculated according to the following percentages:

  • 50% Major projects
  • 50% Small Projects / Practice Assignments
  • On time maximum credit: 100%
  • Late work maximum credit: 70% (10 points off per day late)




As a result of taking this class, you should be able to:

Work professionally within a design team.

Identify numerous design careers which are available.

Evaluate designs (your work and others’) for audience, meaning, and effectiveness.

Use the elements and principles of design in a decisive fashion.

Plan a design project according to a client’s needs.

Build a design gradually using thumbnail sketches and mockups.

Create attractive layouts that communicate messages effectively.

Use color to communicate ideas to others.

Use typography effectively in a design.


In addition to the comprehensive objectives, you should be able to:

Use Adobe Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, and graphics.

Use Adobe Photoshop to edit photographs, create artistic imagery, and  create graphics.

Use Adobe InDesign to create publications such as advertisements and brochures.


How Do I Make Up Missing or Incomplete Work?

You are expected to keep up with lessons and projects in class. Keep track of course assignments and due dates at this website. Late or incomplete work can be turned in during the same six weeks for a reduced score of 10 points per day. If the work is late due to an excused absence, you will have one extra school day per day of excused absence to complete it without a reduction in grade.

Please let me know as soon as you have submitted a late assignment. Otherwise I will not know to look for it.


Open Lab - the lab is open at 8:00 am every morning for students to come in and work.


Design Room Rules

Refer to the Student Handbook for school-wide rules. We have design room rules too:

1. Don’t prevent me from teaching.

2. Don’t prevent others from learning.

3. Be safe.

4. Keep things clean.


What Do those 4 Rules Really Mean Day-to-Day?

Here are some examples to show you what I mean. These are examples. Use your common sense when interpreting these rules.

Don’t prevent me from teaching.

• Don’t speak while I am instructing the class.

• Raise your hand if you wish to speak, and wait for me to call on you.

• Don’t interrupt when I am giving personal attention to another student.

Don’t prevent others from learning.

• Don’t behave in a disruptive or distracting way.

• Don’t engage in lengthy off-topic conversations.

• Keep the volume of your voice down.

• No singing, rapping, or other disruptive noises.

Be safe.

• Don’t throw, toss, flick, or roll anything across the table, floor, or classroom.

• Don’t roll across the classroom in your chair.

• Use classroom materials in a safe manner.

• Don’t behave in any way that threatens harm to anyone or our equipment.

Keep things clean.

• Clean up after yourself so your station is ready for the next student.

• Return classroom materials to the proper storage place.

• Don’t eat messy things that can leave residue on the computers.

• Keep your language clean.

Professional Skills Grade

It is my job to help you develop positive work behaviors and personal qualities needed to be employable by demonstrating skills related to seeking employment , creating work samples and earning certifications. Each week you will earn a "professional skills grade" for your professional conduct in class by following the Design Room Rules and following the 4 Rules detailed above.

Week 1 - November 27 - December 1

Gradient Mesh Fan Art - Due Friday, December 1st

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Choose a real person (as long as it is school appropriate) and find a reference image to create your own fan art in Adobe Illustrator using/combining all of the skills you have learned this semester.


Project Steps -

You will create 2 Artboards in your Adobe Illustrator document and keep a copy of each step of this project on separate artboards. (These are 2 separate grades!)


  • Create a new Illustrator document that is 11 x17 inches with 2 Artboards and choose the orientation appropriate for your image.
  • Name your Illustrator document LastNameF_GradientMesh-FanArt
  • Find your reference image and save it to your documents folder. [File --> Place -- be sure to Embed your image]
  • Turn in your file electronically and a printed copy to the tray (be sure your name is on it)
  • Due Friday, December 1st


Step 1: Create a line art of the object you have selected.


Name your Artboard - Line Art

Be sure to create CLOSED paths, you will be applying a gradient mesh to these shapes in Step 2.

(You may want to organize each of step inside it's own layer --- Layers can be placed inside other layers.)

Step 2: Color Your Line Art Using the Gradient Mesh Technique

Your final image should include the person/character's name and give yourself credit.

Week 2 - December 4 - December 8

Week 3 - December 11 - December 15

Week 4 - December 18 - December 20

Week 5 - January 3 - January 5

Week 6 - January 8 - January 12




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