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 are three quarters through the school year and warm weather is just around the corner. We need to finish strongly. A number of activities need to be covered for our interactive yearbook page - prom, senior awards breakfast and dinner, the yearbook dedication ceremony and graduation for the class of 2011. Senior project presentations are scheduled for May 13th and the deadline for Junior Job Shadow Day is approaching (April 22nd.) Please pay close attention to the calendar as all project dates are posted to this page. You need to start attacking deadlines with vigor as they are what drive this industry.
This Week's Photography Challenge: Color focus - photographs that are mainly made up of one color. Try doing a series of all one color or maybe a series that creates a rainbow. The series should contain six photos and should be posted as a slideshow to your portfolio page by Friday afternoon (April 8th.)
Design Challenge: Rotating the word project. We'll be working with seeing similarities and differences between the three CS4 applications. In last week's product ad assignment, many of you chose to use Photoshop for creating your whole ad. Many of the ads looked amateurish because of that choice.
Here is a rule of thumb for selecting the best tool for a given job: if you're creating anything with more than three lines of text - you'll end up with better results using Illustrator or InDesign to handle the type. That doesn't mean you can't work with your photo in PhotoShop - fix color, mask areas or apply affects - it just means that you should treat text (especially if it's paragraph text) as an equally important part of your design work.
Good work by all last week on the 3d packages. It appeared that everyone learned something new about Illustrator last week. This week we'll be having a couple of new skills we'll be working on. Depending on what year you are, the main focus may be different for each of you. Here are our main focus goals for the week:
Seniors: Friday we'll hopefully be able to reschedule the NOCTI hands-on part of the test. Use the extra few days to review InDesign skills and creating thumbnails and progressive comps. You should all be working on your senior projects by this point. It is a good idea to see how you will be evaluated before you begin planning your presentations. It's smart to get photographic evidence of you building your product - all of the steps should have some sort of visual evidence - doing this will make your presentation easier to do. This is the evaluation sheet that will be used to judge your senior project and ePortfolios.
Juniors: You need to complete your Job Shadow Project by the end of April. It's important to understand the expectations for this project. Below are the documents that explain how to approach your job shadow experience.
Guidelines for your Job Shadow - read this first to understand the process.
Approval Form - pay close attention to the date requirements
Mentor Interview Questions - these questions will help you conduct your mentor interview.
Reflection Form - After you've completed your Job Shadow, answer these questions that will help others understand what you've learned from the experience.
9th & 10th Grade Students: I want to see 9th and 10th grade students add yearbook designs, package designs and job research papers up to their ePortfolios. We'll be doing portfolio reviews on Thursday morning.
We'll also be working in Google SketchUp to create an art museum tour of your work. You can download the tutorial for this work here.
I had good conversation this morning with quite a few 10th grade students about choosing topics and completing the topic form for their research paper. The intent of this paper is for you to research a career related to your career area, Graphic Arts. You want to do a good job on these papers because they are components of your ePortfolio. Employers and Colleges want to see writing samples when considering hiring or admitting potential students/employers.
Here is what I see as being major subject areas for this paper:
11th Grade students are expected to finish their Job Shadow Experience by March 26th. The forms you need to complete your Job Shadow are also available below.
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.
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