Wednesday, April 26

16403391-Small-Business-Main-Street-neighborhood-community-shops-and-stores-illustration-gold-ray-background--Stock-VectorClass Starter: Job search pulls from multiple sources to post employment opportunities in your own city.  Go search the jobs available today to see how many you could do today.

Class Activity:  Resume Practice Assignment – Due 4/28 (50 Points)

1- Go to your Google Drive Assignment Folder & create a new Google Document.  Name it “Resume Practice”

2- Download this-> High School Student Resume Worksheet

3- Open the PDF and follow the steps to write a resume for yourself using the Google Document.  Make it as close to your real life experience and interests as you can.

*You will access this information in your next assignment, so make it good.*

Thursday, April 20

Class Starter: Write another episode from your life & tag it.51-Portfolio---002-1

Go to your WordPress Blog to add another blog entry telling a true story from your own life. Title it “Episode 3”. Remember to tag the post with the same tag you created for your other episodes.
Due today 4/20 (50 Points)

Class Activity:
Complete any assignment from Gimp, Photoshop, Inkscape or Illustrator.

They are all due today!



Tuesday, April 18

love-storyClass Activity:  Adobe Illustrator CCillustrator-full-logo


You have paid your dues with Gimp, Photoshop & Inkscape so now Illustrator should be loads of fun for you! This application can do so much – Logos, Packaging, Illustrations & just fun stuff…


pointing-hand-clipart-1-hand-pointing-clipart-1300_1300We have just 1 assignment using Adobe Illustrator for this class.

1- You need headphones

2- Go to this Adobe Tutorial “Design a logo” .  This will use vector shapes to create a logo.  

3- Be sure to download the sample files provided in the tutorial

4- When you are finished with the project, name it something like “Bury-Illustrator” and put the file in your assignment folder on Google Drive

Due Thursday April 20 – (50 Points)

Friday, April 14

Class Starter:  I could go on an on about open source graphic tools!

leatherbookcoverCheck out this Leather Book animation made with the free and open source graphic tools, Blender, Gimp and Inkscape.  Link to Vimeo video.

What is Blender?  Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.Blender


VincentBlender even has some pre-made characters free to download.  Let’s take a look at Vincent.

Class Activity:  Use the remainder of today’s class to complete and turn in both of your Inkscape Assignments.




Wednesday, April 12

Class Starter:

TED Talk by William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the windhqdefault

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family’s home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

Class Activity:  Finish Inkscape-1 & Start Inkscape-2

What? another Inkscape assignment?  Yes.  Here’s what you will do:

1- Look at this page on Wikimedia Commons showing Tangrams created using Inkscape.

2- Open a new Inkscape Document and make your canvas large enough for 2 Tangrams side by side.  Make your own Tangram showing 2  different designs using the same shapes. Kind of like Nevit does here:
**need help with making Shapes?  Check out this Shapes Tutorial.

3. Save your Inkscape-2 project in your assignment folder on Drive.  (50 Points – Due Tuesday 4/18)

Monday, April 10

Class Starter: Blog about your favorite cookie brand

2000px-Vector_Oreo.svgThe Oreo brand is familiar to almost everyone. Why is that so? Here are some fun facts.  Write a blog about your favorite food packaging & include an image.  (30 Points)


Class Activity: Inkscape

inkscapeI want you to experiment with one more free application for creating graphics. Inkscape is a free to download and use and compares to Adobe Illustrator for making vector graphics.

Your Inkscape Assignment is as follows:  Open Inkscape and start experimenting with the tools. Create a vector graphic of your own choosing.  You may work on your logo or anything that interests you.

Optional:  If you would like step by step instructions for your first project, you may download this How to Create a Cartoon Dinosaur.

When you have completed your Inkscape Assignment, make a new folder nested inside your class folder and name it  INKSCAPE.  Save 2 files: an Inkscape file (.SVG) and .PNG file.
Due Friday 4/14 (50 Points)

If you would like to further explore Inkscape on your own time, you can download the application at home from Inkscape.  And if you would like to practice your Inkscape skills you can find good tutorials at Invato Tuts.