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Week 1 objectives
Use Adobe Illustrator's pen tool to create straight and curved vector paths

Week 1 vocabulary objectives- Students will learn to define and understand the following terms:

Bitmap Vector graphic Pen tool Path
Artboard Stroke Fill Anchor point
Handle      

Monday & Tuesday- Now that you have a pretty good grip on making straight lines, we need to learn how to make curved ones. I showed you that briefly last time, but today, I want to show you how to make specific curves that go the direction you want them to go. There are two specific lessons I want you to do today. We'll warm up with lesson three will remind you how to make straight lines. Lesson four will get you started on creating a few curves. The two things I want everyone to try out for today's grade are lessons five and seven.

Wednesday & Thursday- As you arrive in class, I want to have everyone try this maze as a warm up activity. Once we get that down, I will show you some tricks to get lessons eight and nine down for a project grade. If you finish early, you may wish to tackle lessons ten and eleven

Friday- Let's round out the week by trying to draw this city from scratch, using your knowledge of the pen tool and the different tricks you've learned in Illustrator. Before you leave today, I also want you to answer a few quick questions about what we know so far in Illustrator.

teks: 6ae, 8ab

Week 2 objectives
Use Adobe Illustrator's pen tool to create original art
Create four text effects using Illustrator
Make a poster incorporating the pen tool and a series of text effects using Illustrator

Week 2 vocabulary objectives- Students will learn to define and understand the following terms:

Bitmap Vector graphic Pen tool Path
Artboard Stroke Fill Anchor point
Handle Envelope distort Mask Blend tool

Monday & Tuesday- Last week, we began drawing this city based on the instructions in this lesson. If you finish that early, please take this opportunity to review for your Adobe Certified Associate exam using GMetrix. Remember, you are welcome and encouraged to study on your own time if you are interested in the certification. In the last thirty minutes of class, I want to use Illustrator to make two different text effects. Please stick with me so I can show you how to make text along a path and text constrained to a shape.

Wednesday & Thursday- For a warm up today, let's all make text with a masked effect that uses a photo. After that, I want to show you how to make 3D text. When we have that all figured out, let's start on a creative project. I want you to make a poster promoting a holiday event. We'll discuss in class what kind of holiday events you can use for this assignment, but start thinking about things like New Years celebrations, Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities, charity toy drives and tree lighting ceremonies. When you come up with the perfect holiday event for your poster, tell me all about it here. After that, you can start to create the poster.

Friday- Please work on your poster in class today. Your work will be graded against this rubric:

Points Requirement
10 The poster clearly defines event's purpose
10 Colors in the poster work harmoniously to advertise the event
10 The target audience (adults, kids, families) is clear from the content of the poster
10 The time, location and price are clearly stated on the poster
20 At least one of the four text effects is used in the poster
20 The poster contains at least one item created with the pen tool
10 The poster contains graphics to help entice people to attend the event
10 The poster is saved as an AI file, but also as a SVG (scalable vector graphic)

teks: 6ae, 8ab

Week 3 objectives
Complete a poster incorporating the pen tool and a series of text effects using Illustrator
Use image trace and live paint to convert a bitmap to a vector graphic and add color
Begin working on an original logo using Illustrator

Week 3 vocabulary objectives- Students will learn to define and understand the following terms:

Place Image trace Live trace Expand
Live paint Stroke Fill  

Monday & Tuesday- I hope you all had a good break and are ready to get back to work. I want to start the day with a lesson on how to turn a bitmap into a vector graphic and add color to that graphic. This lesson will show you how to do that. I have a copy of the picture you'll need here.

After we take care of that, the rest of the period will be reserved for one of two activities. If you didn't finish your poster before we left for Thanksgiving break, please finish that and show it to me today. If you are already done and your grade is in the book, go to GMetrix and continue to prepare for your Adobe Certified Associate exam. We'll be taking that in two weeks.

Also, if you want to win a technology prize, please take a look at this competition.

Wednesday & Thursday- Now that you have used the image trace feature in Illustrator, we can work through this lesson where we make a logo for a surf shop. Use this copy of the photo to make the logo. I suspect we will finish this during class today, and it is sufficiently advanced enough to count for a project grade.

Also, you will need to answer this question for me before we leave here today. If we have any extra time in class, you should revisit GMetrix or work on an entry for this competition.

Friday- We will start to plan our own logo for the next project. Tell me about yours here. After that, we can get into our logos. When designing, keep these pointers in mind:

  • Use just a few colors- or only one
  • Use just one font, unless you have a very good reason to use two
  • Keep your shapes simple and your lines clean

This article should help you do a good job, as well.

Remember, your logo will be scored next time according to this rubric:

Points Requirement
15 Color is used effectively in your logo, and your font choices are appropriate
15 Your design is simple, and your logo is unique
15 You have used at least one traced bitmap in your logo
15 You have used at least one original vector shape or path in your logo (you drew it yourself)
15 There are NO bitmaps (raster graphics) present in your final design
15 You adhered to design principles of contrast, repetition, alignment and proximity
10 Your work is saved both as an AI file and as an SVG file

If you finish early and you simply can't look at GMetrix again, please take a look at this competition.

teks: 6ae, 8ab

Week 4 objectives
Use the pathfinder panel to simulate interlocking shapes
Create an original paintbrush in Illustrator
Complete an interim assessment

Week 4 vocabulary objectives- Students will learn to define and understand the following terms:

Grid Snap to grid Convert anchor point tool Pathfinder panel
Outline stroke Scatter brush    

Monday & Tuesday- Before we get back to our logos today, I wanted to get you to complete the interim assessment. After that, you can keep working on your logo. When that's done, take whatever time we have left and use GMetrix to study for your Adobe Certified Associate exam. We'll take it in one week.

Wednesday & Thursday- Today, we need to do a writing activity. Remember, the answer you provide will be scored against this rubric. Be sure you spend any remaining time in class today using GMetrix to prepare for your ACA test. We will administer these exams on Monday and Tuesday of next week. If you are all ready for the ACA test, consider studying the vocabulary for the six weeks test, which we will complete Friday.

Friday- We have to knock out our six weeks test today before we get too far into the class period. After that, you will have your very last class time to study for the ACA test. This is your last shot to study GMetrix, and it is the best option available for preparation.

teks: 6ae, 8ab

Week 5 objectives
Complete Adobe Photoshop certification testing in Certiport
Review vocabulary in advance of final exam

Week 5 vocabulary objectives- Students will learn to define and understand the following terms:

All semester 1 vocabulary will be reviewed

Monday & Tuesday- Today, we need to get into Certiport through the portal installed on your workstations. I am not certain how long the testing will take, but we have a 90 minute class period to accomplish this goal.

If you finish early, you can start to prepare for your final exam with the study material from each grading period so far. If you have time, look at these study sets from:

Wednesday & Thursday- During class today, I want to play a review game with you. When we have spent some time doing that, we can spend the rest of the period reviewing the Quizlet content I posted yesterday.

Friday- Please spend your time reviewing the content today for the final exam.

teks: All semester 1 teks will be reviewed