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.

 

 

 

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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:
Tangram_001_NevitTangram_067_Nevit
**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.

Friday, April 15

ketchup-dayClass Starter:  Check your Skyward

If you find that you are missing assignments, please let me know when they are completed, so that I can update your grade.

Class Activities:

Finish your Inkscape Assignment. 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 Tuesday 4/19 (100 Points)

**You should have extra time today to work on missing assignments**

 

 

Wednesday, April 13

Class Starter:  Class Photoshop Digital Photography Manipulation Gallery

Photoshop-brandingOn March 30th you each were given an equal challenge using 6 images. If you completed your project and saved it to my folder we will look at it today.  – Your creations are impressive!

 

Class Activity: Inkscape

inkscapeBefore you create a graphic logo for your My Tiny Company product, I 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 Tuesday 4/19 (100 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.