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 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.
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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