- Students plan page layouts using Illustrator with a minimum of 6 pages. The page size will be 5" x 5". The finished layout size will be 5" x 10" with a .125" bleed.
- Students choose a song lyric, poem, quote, or make up their own phrase to be the subject of their book. The phrase must be appropriate.
- Students learn what an accordion book is and how to construct one.
- Students follow the design process through by planning, executing, printing, and making/constructing their final product-a hand-bound type book.
- Students use creative thinking and problem solving to illustrate their phrase through the use of font choices and text manipulation with Illustrator and Photoshop.
- Students learn some basic elements of design, including composition, balance, concept and message, and the principle of unequal spacing.
Per the request of several students, we are going to revisit a project we did in the fall of 2012. You are going to be creating an accordian text book. This project could possibly use both Photoshop and Illustrator. Below are the objectives for this project:
You will be able to watch our hangout live (the day of the event) or archived in this space.
This Tuesday is our first Creative Careers Artist Virtual Visit. Rob Cori is a graphic artist who works in the Washington, DC/Metro area. He grew up just outside of the Philadelphia region and is a huge Eagles, Phillies and Flyers fan. Cori's ties to this area makes him a perfect person to answer questions you might have about creative careers and the process of creative design he uses. To learn more about Rob, here are some resources you can review:
The session will be recorded and available on YouTube for anyone that misses the live event.
Thanks Rob Cori for sharing your time with us!
We started working in Adobe Illustrator last week with a few illustration projects (celtic knot, yeti, bears.) Another strong point of Illustrator is its great ability in handling type. For this reason, most logos are created using this program. This week we'll be working on several typographic projects. Type matters as a design element and knowing the language of typography allows us to communicate with other designers.
This week's projects:
As I went through journal entries this past weekend I noticed about half of my students have either opted out of major projects or have forgotten to post their finished work to their journals. By now you should have at least two complete journal posts that demonstrate "what" you have been working on in our class over the past two months. The majority of your grade is coming directly from your portfolio - it is how you will be evaluated in any art class.
Below is a list of the projects we have worked on since the beginning of the school year. These should all be shown on your portfolio journal entries:
In addition to the project work we've done. You should also have at least three or four drawing day assignments scanned and posted to your journal. Failure to document your work will result in you failing this class. If you are missing any of these on your journal you have until the end of this week to change a grade. From this point forward, don't let your work not be recorded on your journal.
The final tutorial in the Tuts series we're doing this week asked you to "draw inside" a basic triangle shape in Adobe Illustrator to create a tree. I never heard of "draw inside." I did some research and found the video below that explains this new feature that was added in CS5. We'll be using this t-shirt graphic to test out how this feature works. This is a powerful way to work and you should try to master this feature.
First, I want to congratulate those of you that participated in Senior Portraits last week. The quality of the work combined with the technical and customer service skills that were in evidence last week were amazing. The resulting portraits are innovative, creative and reach a new level of excellence for our school. I'm very proud of the effort you put forth in this project. I can't wait for parents of our students to see the finished product. We have another three or four days left to complete the senior class and then we'll switch to portraits for new staff members and underclass school pictures. Keep up the great work!
This week we're going to begin working in Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator is a vector drawing program. The program is used for creating logos, drawings and mathematically-based illustrations as well as working with specialty type treatments. It creates artwork differently than Photoshop which is a raster-based program.
We'll be working on a variety of projects in Adobe Illustrator including the following:
Mr. Tucker is in his 20th year as the instructor for the Graphic Arts program. Prior to his teaching career he worked in the flexography industry for ten years and in quick printing for ten years.
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