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.

Thursday, March 30

Class Starter: Think about yourself in 2-D

To get started, take a look at this logo branding on the site awwwards.com 

Think about ways that you can make a logo about yourself

alexander-khokhlov-2d-2dClass Activity:  Write a blog post about your personal brand.

Photoshop-3 Assignment

Use Photoshop to create a graphic about YOU – your logo.   You might start with a pencil sketch but then you will need to create a digital graphic of it.   It needs to:

•Be Recognizable at any size
•Emotional or Intuitive Cerebral Connection
•Dares to be Original

*Still need inspiration? Look at Behance or Dribbble.

Tutorials you might like:
How to Make 3D Icon
10 Essential Shortcuts

TURN THIS IN BY POSTING A JPEG VERSION OF YOUR LOGO ON YOUR BLOG WITH A SHORT DESCRIPTION. Also put your logo file in your Google Drive folder  DUE MONDAY 4/10  (50 points)

Tuesday, March 28

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-2 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 Photoshop tools or filters.  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 30th (50 points)

Wednesday, March 22


I am happy about the accomplishments of Artists who follow their passion.  Especially when they are my own kids.  This is a time-lapse of Heather Mahler painting a mural in Salt Lake City this week.  And the music used in this piece is by Cory Mahler.

Class Starter:  Photoshop Demonstration.

Watch as I  demonstrate digital photography manipulation


Class Activity: Photoshop-1 Assignment

Class Gallery Show Project 

  1. Open Photoshop
  2. Open my class folder and download the photoshop file that I have placed in the folder. “ClassGallery-Photoshop”
  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 Photoshop Master
    B-7 Photoshop Master  
  6. We will view your artwork as a class gallery show.

    Due 3/24 (30 Points)



Monday, March 20

Class Starter:

Write a Blog Post about the PIXEL.  – What does this Pointillist painting by French Post-Impressionist painter Georges Pierre Seurat, this Skittles Art from students at a Metropolis, IL high school and  Lichtenstein Pop Art all have in common?
(30 Points) Due today


Class Activity:  Finish your Gimp-2 Assignment.

Thursday, March 16

Class Starter: gimp-01-535x535

You are going to need stronger Gimp skills to tackle the Gimp-2 assignment!  To get warmed up, spend the first 15 minutes of class working through one of the beginner tutorials.  Find tutorials HERE

Class Activities:  GIMP-2 Assignment

Not only can Gimp edit photography, but it is used for graphics and original artwork.

Take a look at the art board and tools for creating graphics.  Remember to look at tutorials from  Gimp when you need help.
1. open the Gimp-2 Assignment.  final
2. follow step by step instructions for creating this Volkswagen Logo.
3. Put the finished graphic in your Google Drive folder.
Due Wednesday, March 22. (50 Points)