The photo director for National Geographic, David Griffin knows the power of photography to connect us to our world. In a talk filled with glorious images, he talks about how we all use photos to tell our stories.
9th Grade Students - We will be working on a grid collage, colorizing black and white photographs, and begin work on t-shirt designs.
10th, 11th, 12th Grade Students - My Favorite Photographer - The photo theme project is going to be a little bit different. You can work with a partner on this project. Here are the steps for completing this project:
This week's photo theme is fall. The last remnants of fall color are fading and this week is probably our last chance at capturing the fall colors. Again this week, I want a three-photo study done in InDesign completed by this Friday afternoon.
Along the lines of improving our photo-taking skills -I want every student to read this article by this Wednesday afternoon. It deals specifically with how to better your photography and we will be discussing it in class on Thursday.
Many of you missed the date of the black and white photo study - those images were due this past Friday. As I stated at the end of the 1st quarter I will not extend due dates for any student who was present for class most of last week. In order to stay on top of assignments be sure to check the class calendar two to three times a week.
Also due this week is your final magazine layout. We will be adding formatted text and finishing this up in theory this week.
Welcome to the third and final group of ninth grade exploratory students. We have six weeks for you to get a feel for how our shop operates and I hope you have a good time while you're exploring our lab.
We are one quarter through the school year and I'm happy with our progress over the first quarter. We've worked our way to getting most of the portraits we need for this year's yearbook. We've established a great website that parents and students are using to purchase prints of the work we've done. The positive feedback that I get regarding the quality of the portraits is overwhelming. Special thanks to Heather Knapp and Jake Brams for working so hard on getting great shots and keeping track of the many faces using a Google spreadsheet.
This week's photo theme is monochrome (black and white) images. The finished product will be a photo study created in InDesign. A sample study is shown at the bottom of this post. You will need to post-process these images using PhotoShop adjustment layers (Black & White and possibly Photo Filter).
Another project we'll be working on is a four page magazine spread. I would like to see you use images we've been taking in the photo themes for past weeks. This is to get everyone used to placing images and working with text frames in InDesign.
Ninth grade students will be finishing their calendar projects this week as well.
Two areas we can improve upon is shop attire and getting assignments in by due dates. I will be phasing out extensions over the course of the second quarter - the due date is the due date - late assignments will lose one letter grade for each day that it is late. Deadlines are an important part of being a creative designer and the reality is that extensions are rare in the industry.
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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