This week's projects:
Media Files for this week:
Congratulations on putting together a really fine looking chronicle of this school year. Design-wise, this book is well thought out and communicated. I've had discussions with both the AM and PM classes and based on those discussions, below are some suggestions for next year's work on the book:
Seniors will be presenting their finished projects on April 30th and May 1st. We'll be finishing up project work in the next week. You should also be working on how you're going to present your portfolio and product over the next two weeks. Make sure that you have fixed your portfolios so that all filler text is either completed or deleted. You can see the judging criteria by downloading this document. Be certain that you hit every judging criteria. You're going to need to practice your presentation and have a clear map for the order of how you'll present your project. It should include a demonstration of a skill. It doesn't have to be complicated - keep it simple so that you could do it blindfolded.
All seniors will be expected to do practice presentations on April 25th and 26th. I'll be sitting down for one-on-one meetings to review your ePortfolios from April 23rd & 24th. Make sure that you're ready to show both your ePortfolio and your class portfolio at that time. Check for any spelling errors that will make you look unprofessional. In our field, spelling counts!
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.
Google email, docs and sites is now available for you to use. This collection of tools is really quite useful as it will allow you to collaborate on notes, contacting your teachers and just helping you stay organized this year. Here are the details for accessing your Google CAT Pickering accounts:
Students access the Google Site by pointing their browser to the appropriate link:
They will log in following this standard:
[note: use the names as they appear in PowerSchool with no spaces]
Password: same password that students use to log into their laptops, PowerSchool and Moodle.
Mr. Tucker is in his 22nd 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.
PHYS. ED. DAY
AM - Thursdays - 1
PM - Thursdays - 7
PM - Mondays - 7