Last week's assignments (defying gravity, agamograph, photo cluster) - two of these projects must be posted to your learning journals by Friday, April 17th. No extensions will be given.
This week's projects:
3D Drawing - Optical Illusion Art - we'll be using this tutorial to create a 3D drawing. This link shows an alternate way to create this artwork.
Photography Skills - Green screen photography will be used to incorporate ourselves into the analog 3D art project we're doing this week. We'll be using Photoshop to separate ourselves from the greenscreen background - see the video below.
Illustrator Project - How to distribute shapes within another shape in Illustrator This is an interesting free plug-in for Adobe Illustrator - we'll be working with this to create a study.
Objectives for Week 3:
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:
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:
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:
Why are we here?
Welcome to the 2013-2014 School year at TCHS Pickering! I'm glad to be back working to help you reach your career goals. I'm looking forward to getting to know our new students and growing the potential of all of our students to do great things. I appreciate your feedback - so although this weekly communication will explain what we do every week in our class in my words, this is your forum as well. If you have ideas or suggestions, feel free to comment on these posts every week. You are the reason we're here and you matter the most!
We've added some new technology over the summer:
If you missed our Back to School Night…
Color Wheel Poster Project
Vocabulary for this project:
Day 1 & 2 (Color Wheel Photos):
Day 3 & 4: Color Acquity Test/Psychology of Color
We’ll need some text for our poster. Pick a single color you wish to feature in your poster. Use the following web sites to read about the psychology of color and how color is perceived differently in different cultures.
Create a Microsoft Word document (Use this Template) and copy/paste any text you can find related to the color you have chosen. Your text should include both bulleted lists as well as paragraph text. It is a good idea to edit your word file to remove any formatting from the web page. Make sure that you’re copying the sources (web address) of your information as we’ll be giving credit for the text sources.
Day 5: Photography Section
Take seven photos of an object that is of the color you’re going to focus on for your poster. Try to use a low depth of field for these shots and don’t be afraid to fill your composition with the color. In other words, get close to your subject! Upload your images to your Color Wheel Poster folder.
Day 6 & 7: Thumbnails, Rough and layout in InDesign - details to come next week.
The Illustrator self-portraits that I've seen so far are very well done. This week I'd like to see everyone finish their digital portraits by Tuesday afternoon. If you're having problems "seeing" the lines in Illustrator, you may want to try this Photoshop Tutorial that allows you to turn a photograph into a sketch:
Below is a before/after sample of one that I completed this afternoon. We'll work on this in our theory session on Monday.
Once the illustrations are complete we are going to try a new transfer technique. This will require you to print your finished Illustrator file out in color to fit a 8.25" x 10.25" area. These prints will then be chemically transferred to wooden frames. The end product will be displayed in our room and they will be yours to keep at the end of the year. Make sure that you're happy with your portrait before doing the transfer. We will be limited in how many frames we have to work with each year.
I have enjoyed reading your journals every week. These journal entries are a record of your growth in our program and they allow you a chance to ask questions and make suggestions. Dan Berger asked a great question this week in his journal. We'll be researching an answer to the question, "Is digitally-created work art?"
Shea O'Neill asked that more choices be made available for project work. I'm supportive of Shea's suggestion, but I have a request. If you want to work on an alternate project during the lab period of our class - you need to send me the details via your journal and let me know that you made a proposal via twitter when you want me to okay the alternate project.
Another task that we'll be beginning this week is to do post-production touch up of all of the underclass photo portraits that we took the past two weeks. We'll be working with Photoshop to complete this task. I'll post a how-to video on Wednesday to make sure that we're all following the same workflow with these images.
Many of you have finished your mobile project. If you have not, please take this extra day to put the finishing touches on your work. For those of you finished your mobile, our next major project will be a self-portrait study.
You will be creating two self-portraits - one portrait will be done using Adobe Illustrator. We may also use photoshop to add color and shading to our basic portraits. Some samples of the digital versions can be found here.
The other portrait will be created using traditional illustration tools like colored pencils, graphite pencils, pastels or a combination of these media.
Most of you who are veterans have already finished these Illustrator work exercises. If you feel like you have the skills to skip to the last tracing exercise, do so. Otherwise, today I want you to review these stepped exercises to become comfortable with the pen tool. This will take you some time - don't rush through any of the steps. I will be looking at where you are tomorrow morning, so make sure you do some work with these today.
It may also be a good idea to get your portrait taken today so that we can use them as trace objects for the digital portrait. The camera and lights are set up perfectly for this type of portrait.
It is going to be a busy in our lab this week. For the past five years, Commercial Art students have had the responsibility of taking portrait images of our students and staff. This week begins the process for the 2012-2013 school year. This week both the AM and PM classes will be creating portraits of all 9th through 11th grade students.
We need to be organized in this endeavor so that our clients have a positive experience and that we end up with great pictures of every student. We'll be using this Google form to manage our pictures. I will work on Monday with those of you who want to be on our photography teams for the remainder of the week. One person needs to be the photographer. Their main responsibility is to evaluate the images that we are getting and working with each client in a respectful and helpful manner. I would prefer that only one person assumes that role for each class period. The photographer's assistant will be helping students sign in with their first and last name, their correct CTE area selected, and put an image number into the slot that they receive from the photographer.
Below is our schedule for the week:
Monday, September 24th:
AM - Criminal Justice, Early Child Care & Health Occupations
PM - Auto Collision, CIS, Early Child Care & Health Occupations
Tuesday, September 25th:
AM - Auto Technology, Carpentry, Culinary Arts
PM - Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Electronics
Wednesday, September 26th:
AM - Animal Science, Cosmetology, Electronics
PM - Animal Science, Auto Technology, Sustainable Energy
Thursday, September 27th:
AM - Auto Collision, Sustainable Energy
PM - Carpentry, Cosmetology
Friday, September 28th:
AM - Commercial Art, Engine Technology
PM - Commercial Art, Engine Technology
Other work we'll be doing this week:
Senior Portrait Schedule: we will be working with a database to create a schedule for each of our senior students. I need two upper class volunteers to help manage this important task. Let me know if you're interested. This position is worth 4 page designs in our incentive program.
Mobile Project Building: The final due date for this ongoing project is this Friday. I really like what I have seen so far and I'm looking forward to seeing finished work this week.
Some skills and ideas you may want to incorporate into your design:
Envelope Distortions in Illustrator
Creating a coat of arms in Illustrator
Class Journal Entries: At least three twitter posts that show your daily progress and one learning journal entry at the end of the week that reviews your week and contains a self-assessment letter grade between A to F.
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