The following Calendar contains information and assignments that are applicable to ALL Media Design students at BHHS.
For your specific programs of study click on a software icon above.
People like to think they can multitask, but the brain actually can focus on just one thing at a time. When people switch between tasks, their brains can't keep up with everything. So there will be a delay as their attention moves from one task to another. Someone who is listening to one person talk, for instance, can't also listen to another. They can't even listen and read at the same time.
-from https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org "Phones in the Classroom Hurt Everyone's Grades" Sep 10, 2018
Still think you can multitask? Click here.
Week 16: Jan. 6-10
ACA Practice Test !
Tues. January 7 and Wed. January 8
ACA Certification Exam will be during Finals Week
Week 14: Dec. 9-13
ACA Test Prep Time! Go to the Photoshop Page for instructions
Week 13: Dec. 2-6
We have five weeks left of classes in the semester: That is 15 class sessions for each class. Don't waste time. Every minute counts.
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Monday, December 2:
- REQUIRED: 50 points EVERYONE must complete this: Quick Quiz and ACA Question
- Durkin will show a video introduction to the ACA exams
- Two quick tests (14 minutes each) to determine what you need to study for the ACA exam. (100 points each)
- Important State CTE (Career & Technical Education) SURVEY (50 points)
Drastic change of plan: Continue with the Poster project, but the project has changed to ONE poster. Create the poster in Illustrator, if that is what you are studying (you know who you are).
Week 12: Nov. 18-23
A lot of you did not do this: SELF-PORTRAIT ASSIGNMENT: WORTH 100 POINTS:
Access the Assignment Reflection HERE
Assignment for ALL Adobe Software Students Worth 300 Points
DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019 - Late work will NOT be accepted
- Create a public-awareness campaign with a message that promotes a social cause or issue—something for “the greater good” of society.
- You will develop ONE 18x24 poster on your cause/issue.
- IDEAS: plastic bags, recycling, extinction of species, global food shortages, extreme weather, water pollution, child abuse, violence, drug abuse, responsible fishing practices, forest fire prevention
- Do the research. Do NOT just explore one site on your subject. You are required to write down the sources you used in your online reflection piece.
- Your point of view may highlight the positive or negative aspects of your chosen topic.
- Consider who your audience is and how you would like to speak to them.
- These elements together make up the "look and feel: of your campaign:
- Concept: Is it memorable? Does it have a call to action? POSITIVE ACTION MESSAGES are best.
- Content: It must be original. Original headline, body copy (you MUST take the time and write it yourself), Do NOT go online, rework an existing poster or meme and expect credit. This is YOUR message - not a re-hash of someone else's.
- Execution of concept: Is your layout of elements compelling?
- Use of Typography: Readability and Legibility.
- Use of Color: Are the color choices random, or did you develop a color palette/scheme?
- Read the rubric!
- Research online. Visit, read and write-down the web addresses of EACH site you visit on your subject. You MUST cite at least 5 viable websites on a letter-size paper to be handed-in BEFORE you start on your poster design. LOOK AT POSTERS!
- Make AT LEAST 50 concept thumbnail sketches from which you will develop three final ideas that you will develop into clean, detailed sketches. Pencil on letter-size paper is acceptable. 20% of your grade.
‘Drawing is not what one sees, but what one can make others see.’ - Edgar Degas.
- CREATE FILE: If using Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign: FILE SIZE =5400x7200 pixels (18x24 inches) (this is Portrait, Landscape is 7200x5400).
- USE LAYERS - make certain your layers are labeled. DO NOT FLATTEN LAYERS! If you do, your work will NOT be accepted.
- DO NOT use copyrighted elements in your poster. No photos of US politicians, POSITIVE ACTION MESSAGES are encouraged. For copyright-free images, check out the links on the Resource Page..
- Your finished file must be in .jpg format with layers intact. REPEAT: DO NOT FLATTEN LAYERS! If you do, your work will NOT be accepted. .ZIP your file and Turn it in using the Bear Icon at the top left of your software page.
Week 10-11: November 4-15
The theme is: Where is your mind?
This assignment is worth 200 points. The Reflection part of the assignment is worth 100 points.
You are going to do a work in the style of Andrea Constantini. First, check-out some of his work HERE
Access the Assignment Sheet HERE
Access the Assignment Rubric HERE
WORTH 100 POINTS:
Access the Assignment Reflection HERE
Week 9: October 28-31, 2019 END OF QUARTER
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER HALLOWEEN
Week 8: October 21-25, 2019
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THURSDAY (HALLOWEEN)
Week 7: October 14-18, 2019
Week 6: October 7-11, 2019
No big assignments this week. Please just continue in your learning and SHOW ME what you are creating!
Week 5: September 30 - October 4, 2019
Don't forget to put in some time on the Global Warming project
CheckOut this Halloween collection
created by students at art school (ages 18-21)
Week 4: September 23-27, 2019
The video below has nothing to do with Digital Design, but it is just too crazy NOT to see!
Week 3: September 16-20, 2019
Week 2: September 9-13, 2019
Assignment Challenge: Coffee Cave
Week 1: September 4-6, 2019
Words of wisdom from my Adobe Education Colleague, Mike Skocko
Digital Arts is supposed to be fun. Why are you so hung up on hard work?
Short Answer: So you’ll have fun in Digital Arts.
Longer Answer: It’s like learning to play a sport or a musical instrument. Those who work at it learn more quickly. The more you learn, the better you become. The better you become, the more you begin to enjoy the process. In time, the effort is no longer hard work but a kind of focused play. At that point, Digital Arts becomes a fun class that you’ll look forward to each day.
The Flip Side: Those who refuse to follow instructions day after day do not have fun in Digital Arts. The class is stupid, or boring, or a waste of time. It happens every year and the complainers are always the lazy ones.
I don’t want you to be miserable so I’m trying to make this as clear as possible.