GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION

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?

SUPPLY LIST FOR
GRAPHIC DESIGN & ILLUSTRATION

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

Class Syllabus|Rules

4th 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.

 

GRADING POLICY

 

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)

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

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 - January 23 - January 26

Tuesday, January 23th through Friday, January 26th

Today,  we will begin working in Adobe Photoshop. You will first learn how to use Photoshop as a painting program and then move into manipulating photographs. I will get you started and step you through the instructions to help you get the feel for Photoshop. This assignment is due at the end of class on Wednesday.

The tutorial file and reference image can be found in the assignments folder.

Name your file: LastnameF_ColoringLineArtPractice (Be sure to save your work to your documents folder!)

Due Friday, January 23rd

To make adjustments to the pen pressure and adjust "smoothing, choose Window --> Brush. Select Shape Dynamics and select Pen Pressure for Size Jitter and Angle Jitter, play with the % to see how it works for you, start around 10%.

When you finish the Line Art Practice

You will choose your own line art image to color with the same techniques, if you have your own drawings feel free to use those! Keep in mind this is due on Wednesday, so choose your reference image wisely. Also, there is a reference tutorial in the assignments folder if you do not remember some of the steps.

TIP:

When doing a Google search for your image click Search Tools then under Any type select Line Drawing.

Name your file: LastnameF_ColoringLineArt

Due Wednesday, January 31st

Week 2 - January 29 - February 2

Monday, January 29th through Friday, February 2nd

Coloring Line Art Your Choice

You will choose your own line art image to color with the same techniques, if you have your own drawings feel free to use those! Keep in mind this is due on Friday, so choose your reference image wisely. Also, there is a reference tutorial in the assignments folder if you do not remember some of the steps. REMEMBER YOU MUST ADD SHADING!

TIP:

When doing a Google search for your image click Search Tools then under Any type select Line Drawing.

Name your file: LastnameF_ColoringLineArt

Due Friday, February 2nd

 

Week 3 - February 5 - February 9

Monday, February 5th

Today you will begin working on painting realistically in Photoshop. Open the SWF file tutorial how to paint a wolf for reference, this can be found in the assignments folder. The reference image you will be using is also there and is titled Wolf_sketch.jpg. Your goal is to make a realistic wolf, find a reference photo on the Internet that you would like to use for the wolf you are going to sketch.

Read the instructions carefully!

Notes for Steps:

Step 1 A - Create your New Document with the following settings:

Step 1B - File --> Place Embedded the reference image be sure to change the Blending Mode for the reference image layer to Multiply. You will be doing ALL of your drawing BELOW this layer, changing the blending mode allows you to see the lines.

Step 3 -   The TIP is explaining how to create a Clipping Mask by using shortcut keys, this can also be done with the Panel Menu button.

Step 14 - There is a photo in the assignments folder to use for the background titled background-clouds.

This assignment will be due on Wednesday, February 14th by the end of class, submit to the TurnIn folder for your class.

Week 4 - February 12 - February 16

Monday, February 12th - Complete Wolf - Due Wednesday, February 14th

Today you will begin working on painting realistically in Photoshop. Open the SWF file tutorial how to paint a wolf for reference, this can be found in the assignments folder. The reference image you will be using is also there and is titled Wolf_sketch.jpg. Your goal is to make a realistic wolf, find a reference photo on the Internet that you would like to use for the wolf you are going to sketch.

Read the instructions carefully! Look back to Week 3 if you need more instructions.

 

Step 14 - There is a photo in the assignments folder to use for the background titled background-clouds.

This assignment will be due on Wednesday, February 14th by the end of class, submit to the TurnIn folder for your class.

 

 

Thursday, February 15th - Your Choice

Using the same technique you used on the wolf choose an animal or person of your choice.

Refer back to the instructions for the wolf if you have forgotten any steps.

Name your file LastnameF_PS-Painting - you will turn the file in electronically and print a hard copy to turn into the tray. Be sure your name is on it.

 

 

Week 5 - February 19 - February 23

Your Choice - Due Friday, February 23rd

Using the same technique you used on the wolf choose an animal or person of your choice.

Refer back to the instructions for the wolf if you have forgotten any steps.

Name your file LastnameF_PS-Painting - you will turn the file in electronically and print a hard copy to turn into the tray. Be sure your name is on it.

 

Finished early?  Look at Week 6 for your next assignment, the final grade of the 6 weeks.

Week 6 - February 26 - March 2

Create your first design in Photoshop -click for instructions

This series of videos introduces basic Photoshop design techniques. You'll learn how to work with layers, combine images, use layer masks, and add creative graphics, text, and effects. You'll use these skills to combine design assets into a simple, unique composite for print or online use. Have fun following along with your own images or the sample files provided on this page.

Download the files needed for this assignment before beginning.

You will watch a series of videos to complete the assignment.

  • Get to know layers
  • Combine images using layer masks
  • Add text and effects
  • Include vector graphics
  • Export and save the design

Turn in the Following:

  • Name your document: LastnameF_GraphicDesignBasics
  • Print a hardcopy (put your name on it) and turn into the tray and turn in the PSD and PDF files to the turn in folder.

 

ALL WORK IS DUE NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, MARCH 1st

TO ENSURE GRADES ARE UPDATED FOR GRADE SUBMISSION!

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