This schedule is a guide and will change over the course of the term, check back often.
HW is put on the day it is assigned and due the next class meeting unless otherwise stated. Work should be saved on the VAPA server.
9/3 Intro & Syllabus / Saving Files / Illustrator & Shapes
9/6 Illustrator: Curvature, Pen Tool, Pencil, Width, Live Trace, Text
Notes: Image Trace
9/10 Illustrator: repetition, pattern & color
HW: Create a seamless pattern with three color variations
Your file should have the original shapes used for the pattern and three artboards, one for each color variation.
Each artboard should have:
- The tile of the pattern
- The pattern as a fill for a rectangle and a curved shape.
- Each color used
You should have swatches for all of the colors used in the file. Remove all unused colors from swatches. There’s an example file in the Class 3 folder on the server.
Working in pairs, design a cutting pattern for three pieces of 8.5 X 11 black cardstock (supplied) layered on top of each other.
HW: Finish laser cutting assignment
File prep: Stroke to .001, Check colors, outline fonts
Cutter: Turn on filters, focus lens
9/17 Photoshop: Ways to select, color adjustment, Masking Tools
Ways to Select: Quick Selection, Pen Tool, Color Range
Adjustment Layers: Levels, Hue/Saturation, Black & White + Tint, etc.
Masking: Select & Mask, Groups, Drop Shadow, History
9/20 Photoshop: Retouching, Layer Blending
Class Meeting Cancelled — go march!
Video on the Google Drive
Embedding & Linking Files
Start sourcing images and thinking about next week’s assignment.
Other useful links:
9/24 Paper type, qualities, printing w/ May
Professional Printing (from Fireball):
HW: ‘Shop an image (twice) — merge at least 3 images into a single image using the tools we have covered and any additional tools or techniques you discover. Do this 2 times. You’ll have two final, fake images that should be somehow related. Key Words: counterhistory, alternate history, #fakenews, fiction &/or fantasy &/or surrealism, scale (e.g. island in a bottle), time (anachronisms).
Look at each other’s work
Final Project Introduction
HW: Think about your final project.
Final Project Proposal (due 10/6) – Write a min 200 word description of what you’re pursuing, create a (digital) mood board (colors, inspiration images, references, tests, scans).
Make sure all of the assignments thus far are on the server with a PDF of the final. Review any chapters you missed.
- Use shapes to recreate an image (Ch. 1)
- Seamless Pattern (3 color variations)
- Lasercutter Papercut (photos are on server, include Illustrator file)
- Photoshopped images
10/1 Classes end at 2… but your final project proposal is due 10/6
10/4 InDesign: Workspace / Document set up, Color Swatches, Images & Text , Symbols & Special Characters
Due 10/6 Final Project Proposal – Write a min 300 word description of what you’re pursuing. Create a (digital) mood board (colors, inspiration images, references, tests, scans). What things have inspired you? What do you need to learn technically to complete this (e.g. brushes in Photoshop, large amounts of text in inDesign)
10/8 InDesign layout cont.: Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, Master Pages, Table of Contents, Index
HW: Work on your final
10/11 SECOND TO LAST
Work on final projects: Printing & Assembling
HW: Finish your final project. Write up your process highlighting which programs you used (min 200 words).
10/15 LAST CLASS
Last Class: Crit/Sharing, Self-Assessment, SEPC
ALL WORK MUST BE ON THE SERVER. YOU MUST DO THE SELF-ASSESSMENT.