Thursday, March 30

Class Starter: Digital Photography Manipulation


Class Activity: Class Gallery Show Project (Extra Credit 50 points)

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Open my class folder and download the photoshop file that I have placed in the folder. “Digital Gallery Images.psd”
  3. Use the Layers Palette, selection tools and any other tools to create a new digital image.
  4. Add your name to the image, using the Type Tool
  5. Save the finished piece in your class folder as a PSD, and save a JPEG copy in my drive folder for your class period.
    B-6 Mrs.Bury
    B-7 Mrs. Bury
  6. We will view your artwork as a class gallery show.



Tuesday, March 29

1410479545180849583Class Starter:  99 Percent Invisible

A TED Talk of a radio show about flag design.  Open the link and watch Roman Mars doing his podcast live in front of a TED audience. (to save time, start at 2:00 minutes in)  Pay attention to 2 things:  His radio production and what he says about flag design.

Write a blog post about anything that caught your attention.  (30 points)

Class Activity:  Teacher Demonstration – Photoshop

Before you launch into the Photoshop-1 assignment, watch as I demonstrate the way that I created 3 versions of the cherries image. Cherriesx3

After my demonstration and before you start your project watch the following video about the Photoshop tool panels.  Finding tool panels in Photoshop seems hard at first, but you will get the hang of it!

Your assignment:
Create 3 different versions of the Cherries, using any of the tools that you choose. Make your own version!   
When you have completed the project save your original working Photoshop document AND a jpeg version in your class folder.  DUE Thursday, March 31. (100 points)

Friday, March 25

Class Starter:

Photoshop-brandingPhotoshop  is probably the most used photo manipulation and graphics application in the world.  You may find yourself using this application for personal and for professional use.  Watch “What is Photoshop” a video produced by Adobe to show the possibilities.

Class Activities:

Photoshop-1 Assignment


1-Before you start your Photoshop assignment, you need to become familiar with the tool palettes and the interface.  Please watch the following video about the tool panels.

2- Right-Click on the following image of two cherries and hit “copy”

3. Open Photoshop from your computer applications folder. Go to the file menu and hit “new”.  Photoshop will open a dialogue box. Hit “OK” and a new blank document will open.

4. Now go to the Edit menu at the top and hit “paste”- The Cherries should appear & you are ready to follow along as  I demonstrate the way that I created 3 versions of the original image.

Your assignment:
Create 3 different versions of the Cherries, using any of the tools that you choose. Make your own version! When you have completed the project save your original working Photoshop document AND a jpeg version in your class folder.  (100 points)



Wednesday, March 23

Class Starter:  Public Domain

We have learned about copyright and fair use. Did you know that there is a collection of literature, photography, video and art that is not restricted by copyright? It is in the public domain. An impressive collection is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

What is the Library of Congress?
The Library serves as the research arm of Congress and is recognized as the national library of the United States. Its collections comprise the world’s most comprehensive record of human creativity and knowledge. Open to those age 16 and older without charge or special permission, it is the world’s largest library and a great resource to scholars and researchers.


Cavalry Guild Presbyterian Church presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore”
Title: Cavalry Guild Presbyterian Church presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore”
Creator(s): Schuler, Earl, artist

I discovered this is art poster in the online gallery of the Library of Congress. I love the style and the graphic design created by the artist, Earl Schuler for a stage production of the HMS Pinafore in Cincinnati. When I dug a little deeper about the many posters I found, I was pretty impressed that these posters were sponsored by the WPA.

Take some time (30 minutes) today to look at The Library of Congress online gallery.  Find an image or work of art that interests you and download that image. Remember to copy the attribution.

Write a blog post about what you discovered there, including the image and the attribution. (30 points) 

After you have finished your blog post – use the rest of class to finish your GIMP assignments. To turn in your finished graphic, go to the file menu on the top of the GIMP menu, go to “export as” and select png. Name the file, GIMP-2.png and make sure you put it in your class folder for a grade. (50 points possible)

 *if you are still working on GIMP-1, finish it now and move to GIMP-2. 

Monday, March 21

Class Starter:  Sneak-Peek

Some of new products for My Tiny Company!
product Cloud

Class Activities:

1- Today, finish and turn in your GIMP Assignment. When you are finished, put your finished graphic file in your class folder. (50 points)

2- Let’s do one more GIMP project. This time it will come a little easier!
Open GIMP and follow instructions in this YouTube video  using GIMP.  When your graphic is complete, add it to your class folder. (50 points)

Thursday, March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day!

Just for Fun:  The legend of Saint Patrick has evolved for 1500-odd years.

The Shamrock; which grows all over Ireland; he used to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity. The magic fire:  The Celtic feast of Beltaine (feast of the fires) was a major festival to celebrate the beginning of summer and triumph over the dark powers. Traditionally, a fire would be lit by Ireland’s High King on the top of the Hill of Tara, and his fire would then be used to light all other fires.   St. Patrick did not buy into pagan beliefs, so he once lit a fire before the king had a chance to, just to be a buzzkill – ha ha.   Banishing the snakes!  Probably as famous as the story of the shamrock is the legend of Saint Patrick driving all the snakes of Ireland into the sea where they drowned. 

I love this cartoon by the famous Dan Piraro combining some mythical figures.
© Dan Piraro

Class Activities:  Last Chance Day!

Please, log in to your Skyward to see if you are missing any assignments for DBA, then spend the remainder of today’s class to complete them.  Remember that the assignments weigh more heavily than your blog posts, so give them priority.   You have until Friday morning to turn assignments in & you MUST email me to let me know about your ketchup!



Tuesday, March 15

Class Starter: Kenneth Shinozuka and his invention

Today, we will watch a TED Talk  given by Kenneth Shinozuka in 2014.  Kenneth shares his whole thought process, the problem, and the challenges he takes on to create his product.

Class Activities:  Introduction to Gimp

gimp-01-535x535Today we will experiment with the application GIMP.  GIMP is a free and open source image editor. Not only can it edit photography, but it is used for graphics and original artwork. More information about Gimp.

Open the application and take a look at the art board and tools for creating graphics.  Next open the Gimp Introduction assignment.  For this assignment, you will follow step by step instructions for making a graphic. Put the finished graphic in your Google Drive folder.
Due Monday, March 21. (50 Points)

Friday, March 11

Class Starter:  Logo Brand Inspiration

Branding is another way to say Identity. Logo branding trends are changing with the times. Google is one of the most recognizable brand that there is.  Read this article  Evolving the Google Identity.

After you have read the article, search on the internet for a logo that you really like. Write a short blog post – include a picture of the logo and tell us why you think it’s so cool.
(30 points)


Class Activities:  Starting your Logo Design

logo-sketchesNext week we will do projects in 3
digital applications: Gimp, Illustrator & Photoshop.  But before going right to the digital application you need to spend time brainstorming and drawing.

*Your My Tiny Company Write-Up is due today.

Wednesday, March 9

Class Starter:  How to pitch a new invention

macroscope4Watch this fascinating TED Talk given by Manu Prakash, who shows an invention created by two of hie students!  It’s a 50¢ microscope that folds like Origami.

Write a Blog Post about the way that Manu illustrates a problem before he introduces the product that presents a solution.  Add any thoughts you have about the Foldscope. (30 points)

Class Activities:

Today, I hope to finish our one-on-ones for your new product approvals.  If you have already gotten my approval, use today’s class time to work on your Product Write-Up Assignment which is due this Friday, March 11.

Friday, March 4

Class Starter:  Product descriptions for online shopping

This is an example of a product description for Nalgene Bottles.

Our most popular bottle, available in a variety of colors to help brighten up anybody’s gear. The large opening on our wide-mouth bottles easily accommodates ice cubes, fits most water purifiers and filters, and makes hand washing a breeze. The attached loop-top never gets lost and screws on and off easily. Printed graduations let keep track of your hydration. Dishwasher safe (Please make sure the top does not touch the heating element, or it will melt).

Write a Blog Post about how often you shop online and how the product description influences your purchase.  (30 points)

Class Activities:

Today your new product proposal is due.  Make sure that you have filled out the My Tiny Company Google Form.  You will need my approval before you proceed to the next step. You will have time to discuss it with me during class today.

When you get the go-ahead from me, you may start your “Write-Up” about the product that you will market. Open the  Write-Up assignment and hit save-as, insert your name in the file name and save it to your Drive class folder.
Your Write-Up will be due next week and will be worth 100 points.