Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
- Welcome to Week 20!
- Neat Amazon animation for hiring where the audio levels match the skyline of the City. Great use of beautiful and functional Web Design.
- Burlington based video internship with $500 flat fee for the season.
- Thanks to the Pet food you all donated prior to the Holiday Break, we are going to have our Ice Cream Party this Thursday during lunch. I believe somewhere around 12:15, 12:30? Jimmy / Maliki as our Student Council Reps, can you please eat lunch and get back pretty quick to help facilitate?
9:40 Attendance and Article
9:45 Jimmy’s “Last Looks”
- One more round of the speech before he gives it for real at 10:15 this morning. For the Honor of Cawd – bring home first place!
9:55 Maya / Victor Week 19 Capstone Presentation
10:00 Design Homework 20 | 3rd Quarter Focus: Still Life
As we move through Cawd we will jump through 3 main focuses which our Cawd Advisory Board members have stressed for inclusion in Portfolios.
- Perspective (1, 2, and 3 point) – completed – 2nd quarter
- Still Life – 3rd Quarter Focus
- Portraits – 4th Quarter Focus
The first part of our Still Life Unit will be getting a baseline. Where are you now. Both DH 20 as well as your Friday morning sketch will be prompts without resources so we can see what you can draw at the start of the unit. We will compare to what you can draw at the end of the unit.
There are a couple reasons for the before/after comparisons.
First, it gives me an idea of where the class is in terms of abilities. I can then adjust lessons and assignments accordingly.
Second, and this impacts you more, it shows growth. Colleges, Universities, and employers want people that can grow professionally. At the end of this unit my goal is that we all grow and improve. You may find that you still can’t draw a Still Life as well as…Maya for example. BUT – you could show through your work that you have grown more as an artist during the same timeline. If you have (in Champlain’s case you must show a still life in your Portfolio for admission) to show certain types of art that you don’t feel are perfect, if you can at the very least show that you are growing and show progression as a designer, you make yourself more attractive as an applicant.
Champlain may say “Well, they aren’t perfect yet, but look at their progression. This designer shows potential.”
This model works well for:
- The Maya’s in the Cawd who are already going to kill it.
- The hard workers in Cawd who maybe aren’t great yet, but will try, and improve.
With that said…
Design Homework 20 will be to draw a bowl of fruits on a table. Focus solely on those three elements:
- table (just the top, flat surface)
- bowl (bowl)
- fruit (Oranges? Grapes? Apples?)
For full credit make sure you are drawing in landscape orientation with your sketchbook.
Sign and date due 1 week from today.
10:05 Week 20 Afternoon Typography Introduction
10:00 Site Maintenance
- Check the Week 19 “What is due”
- Start studying for Friday’s Quiz
- Make sure you get all missing work in – students missing work are required to stay for Wednesday’s Homework as normal.
- We are also going to get back into “normal” Cawd expectations, students lower than a C will lose music during production. Get me that late work ASAP and that may change tomorrow!
10:45 Break (15 Minutes)
11:00 English with Mr. Bisson
- Be back at 11am sharp for attendance.
- Give your attention to Mr. Bisson who is our Cawd English teacher.
12:10 Lunch (30 Minutes)
12:40 Attendance and Article
12:45 Week 20 Typography Focus
Afternoons this week are going to be focused on two specific Typography based projects. Think about not only the built in fonts, but the fonts we can download and install.
The first will be pseudo directed, where I give you a set of fairly narrow constraints for you to design around.
The second will be fully designer driven – so long as type is the focus of your work I am going to let you run wild.
All assignments will be done in Photoshop with an 8.5″ x 11″ document at a resolution of 300. Landscape or Portrait orientation is up to you. For assignment #2 if you wish to start with hand drawn artwork first and then scan into Photoshop for inking and painting that is acceptable.
Students here every other afternoon will only get to do Assignment #1.
Assignment #1 – The Shark that Kills You vs. The Hand.
In this first typographic exercise you are going to create off of 1 of 2 prompts:
Prompt 1 – The Shark That Kills You
This prompt is all about irony. We see a shape of a shark and are immediately brought to the societal belief where “sharks are dangerous, sharks are bad!” If we look closer at the typographic construction of the shark shape, we see that it is built with diseases which are much more likely to impact you as a human. The overall message is “Stop worrying about stuff that isn’t going to likely kill you, but think about what can REALLY hurt you – some of which you have the power to change.”
Your product must be of a form that we are conditioned to be scared of, but built with the words of what we should really concern ourself with.
I am going to be somewhat flexible with this prompt, as I would like you to push it a bit. You COULD do your own version of a Shark form made of diseases and earn the “A” if really well done. Some potential ideas?
- Nuclear War
- Donald Trump (politics aside – the media does make him out to be the devil, true or false. The reality is texting and driving in my community is more likely to impact my families lives than Donald Trump)
Save your file as “sharkThatKillsCronin.jpg” and upload to the Week 20 folder on the web server. Name the same regardless of the direction you choose.
Prompt 2 – The Hand
In this prompt, we are going for a much more literal interoperation of a subject. First – you don’t have to do a hand. This is a change in the assignment from previous years to give you a little more creative freedom. What you do have to is create a an easily recognizable form out of the elements that make up that form. For example in the above … example:
- Where there is the wrist the artist as written “wrist”.
- Where there is the hand she has written “hand”.
- Where there is a ring she has written “ring”.
What form could you use? Really up to you, what are you passionate about? If your family is into sailing, how about a typographic sailboat using words such as sail, keel, cabin, mast, flag, etc. Just an idea.
Save your file as “handCronin.jpg” and upload to the Week 20 folder on the web server. Name the same regardless of the direction you choose.
Assignment #2 – Self Directed Typography
The second typographic assignment for Week 20 is up to you the designer. It can be anything so long as type is the focus. Would you like do something above that started out on paper such as the Hamburger above? That would be ok, draw, scan, and then use Photoshop to do the inking and colorization.
Save as “freeTypographyCronin.jpg” and upload to the Week 20 folder.
Some examples students have created in previous years:
Here is an example of a 2017 Pin Design from Cawd2 that while not selected, shows a nice use of Type.
As you work this week:
I can show you a number of different ways to use type as a medium. These mini-lessons will be different for each student if the need arrises.
- We can warp type (but no so far that it becomes pixelated and low qual)
- We can type on a path so your words follow a curved line
- We can apply layer effects to your type to give a different visual appearene
- We can paint on your type to really give a sense of depth
Let me know if you need help figuring something out, I am happy to show each of you little tricks which will help in your specific situations.