It's been a minute since I updated you all with the amazing things we are doing in the graphic design and screen printing programs! My apologies. Life of a teacher I guess!
Graphic Design Hoodies and Tshirts Available!
We're in the midst of taking orders for this years Graphic Design hoodie and tshirt! Parents, let me know if you'd like to purchase one for yourself! Hoodies are $15 and tshirts are $7.
Recent Awards! International and Local
Erik Perez, a senior in the Screen Printing class took home the gold at the SGIA sponsored screen printing competition! He had an article in the Arizona Daily Sun about his accomplishment (link below). Also attached is his winning design!
Arizona Daily Sun Article
Miguel Rivera, a senior in an independent study, won the Coconino Center for the Arts Holiday Card Contest! His card will be sent to thousands of people on the CCA's mailing list - both digitally and in print. Below is Miguel's winning design!
Graphic Design 1
WOW. Projects, learning, memorization, videos, flashcards, everything. I love my Graphic Design 1 classes this year. They are super smart and fun. 3rd hour is full of super sweet and attentive students. 5th hour contains all the hilarious goofballs who constantly make jokes that I can't stop laughing at. 7th period is beginning to warm up to me. They were a little shy for awhile, but I think we're getting closer to a stronger relationship. It's the last class of the day. They're exhausted. I don't blame them after 6 hours (often) sitting in a chair and having to learn everything!
Graphic Design 2
We've also accomplished a lot in the last few months. Currently, they are working on creating their own brand identity. This project is in the hopes of them being able to create a logo, business card, website and resume for any career they would like to pursue after high school. They need to have a consistent color palette and them throughout all of their design projects. It's so great to watch my GD2 class. They really begin to shine as designers, now that they've got to practice their skills for a year and a half. I love this class, they are motivated, ask questions, pay attention and are interested in creating great work. It's kind of the "best of" GD1 students from previous years. Makes my heart happy!
This year has been different for me than every other year. We are able to split the class up into, thanks to the WONDERFULLY AMAZING Mr. Greg Contreras! It's a much larger class than previous years. I have students that are much more interested in the design aspect of graphic design and I have students who love screen printing. It's a really good mix. I've had (most) of these students for 3 years. So I really get to know them well! That's one of the joys of this job.
SkillsUSA Competitive Team
Oh yeah! These are the all-stars from GD2 and Screen Printing! We meet weekly to practice for our competitions next semester. They currently are working on submissions for the Pin Design competition. Last year, Erik Perez made the top 10 in the state for Pin Design. This year, with more knowledge and a better understanding of the process these students are doing amazing work!!!!! Here's a little snapshot of their progress. Many of them are not finished. Hopefully they'll be finished to we can move along to the other competition categories.
Thanks for reading - if you got all the way here! Have a fantastic day!
Hello everyone! We're doing some great things in Graphic Design! I would have to say while this has been my most difficult year - it's been the smoothest and most productive. The new students are amazing and ready to learn. My returning a students are jumping right in and getting things done! Although I love my summers, it's great to be back in my classroom feeling like a productive member of society. Haha.
Intro to Photoshop
We're finally getting to the point where we can work on projects. This week they created a Low Polygon Effect image and many of them moved on to the Selective Color assignment. Many of them are hungry to learn and ask pointed and specific questions about sometimes advanced topics. I've been showing some of them more advanced concepts one-on-one and they're taking it in well. Here are some photos of their assignments we just finished:
FHS Screen Printing
This is a huge class! I've never had this many students in one of my screen printing classes before. Fortunately, we've hit the ground running! We just finished our first order of shirts for FEPMB (Flagstaff Eagle Pride Marching Band). The students really, really nailed it. They learned each component fast. They put it together fast and they were all around incredible to work with. I've opened up a lot to them this year that I haven't previously. They are receiving emails, meeting with clients, writing quotes in addition to the typical stuff; designing and printing shirts.
Check out the video below. It's a 1 minute time lapse of about 30 minutes of work. Looks rad.
Graphic Design 1
This year, I have 3 Graphic Design 1 classes and ALL of them are ENTIRELY different personality wise! I've thrown some pretty major stuff at them early and they've handled it like champs! I've been really impressed with some of their skills and intrinsically beginning to understand how to navigate in Photoshop. They seem to be having fun. I throw a bunch of weird stuff at them right now to teach them basic tools and functions. We have a good time.
Check out some of their images below:
Graphic Design 2
I've been mean, lol. I have been reviewing since school started. They aren't excited, but I don't care! They need their fundamentals revisited - because they are the basis of good design! Some students haven't had me in 3 years, so we're pretty focused right now.
They just started their first project today. It's actually a fairly complicated project. They need to design a print-ready 11x17 concert poster and create corresponding facebook and instagram ads at the right dimensions all with the correct resolution. I think they dig it (so far). They need to do research on the band, it's image, it's target audience, hunt down their logos and use multiple images to create a graphic in Photoshop to support and bring interest to the design.
I don't have much for you, except this video. The GD2 students challenged me to create a chicken with a cow head in a Nicholas Cage cage. I was demoing some skills and obliged. Enjoy our weirdness!
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Hello! I haven't updated my blog in forever. It turns out, that working two jobs makes that a little more difficult to maintain. I hope that this year, with teaching being my only "official" profession I will have more time to keep you all updated about the amazing things students are achieving in the FHS Graphic Design program!
I had a really great summer, one of the best. I had the opportunity to travel to Louisville, KY with my former student, Kat Nelson. Kat placed took the gold medal at the SkillsUSA State Competition, which qualified us to attend this amazing trip together and have her compete at the national level. We had a blast together and Kat ended up taking home 9th place! She worked extremely hard and I am very proud of all that she has accomplished.
The biggest project I did was a large-scale painting show at Criollo. This project took nine months to fill the space and I'm very proud of it. Check out this link to read more about this project in the Arizona Daily Sun article - Kayley Quick Creates Art to Benefit Animals.
Additionally, I attended the CTE Summer Conference in Tucson and learned many new skills that I will be applying to my classroom this coming year. I enjoy the conference so much and I'm grateful for the opportunity to spend so much time with educators that teach in my same content area.
This week's student of the week is Tiffany Lopez! She is a graphic design 1 student and has an amazing eye for design. She creates in her own unique style and learns all of our content quickly and with ease!
Thank you Tiffany for all of your hard work and dedication!
My students and I were featured on NAZToday for participating in the Flagstaff Arts Council's Holiday Card Competition.
I'm feeling very excited today. Two of our students placed in the Flagstaff Arts Council's Holiday Card competition! Tiffany Lopez took 1st place and Miguel Rivera took 2nd place! Tiffany will take home a $50 Bookman's giftcard and her design will be printed and sent out to their extensive list of members. Both Tiffany and Miguel's cards will be featured online and sent to their entire email mailing list - which is also a lot of people!
Below are the two winners. Tiffany's is the Reindeer and Miguel's is the Happy Holidays.
Congrats to both of you! I'm very proud!
I was revisiting some work from previous years and I got nostalgic! I thought it would be fun to share.
Hello! What a busy few weeks it has been.
Graphic Design 1
They are currently working on a video game design. We will begin critiques on Wednesday. They just finished up a sticker project. Many great pieces created. They seem to be grasping the basics of Adobe Illustrator pretty well.
Graphic Design 2
The students just finished up studying color modes and file types. They then were allowed to create a project using the color palette of CMYK and/or RGB. Below are some of the stellar examples.
Intro to Photoshop
We just finished up a low polygon effect in Photoshop and moved on to using our Wacom drawing tablets. Last week was actually the final week with the 2nd group of students, so a brand new group is coming into class today.
Ever curious about our screen printing class? Well, here's a little behind the scenes look!
*Please note, some of these processes are done in the dark! We just did them so we can take the photo :)
We've been hard at work the past couple of weeks.
Here's a little update about each class:
Screen Printing - As usual, we're juggling multiple projects! We never seem to have one thing on our plate at a time. Currently, we're finishing up shirts for culinary, finishing up softball shirts and finishing up our personal shirt design. Last week we finished up our stamps design. The students seemed to enjoy carving them and making their own imagery so they can stamp whatever and whenever they want (within reason, of course) :P
Graphic Design 1 - We completely switched gears from the Elements of Design right into our introduction to learning Adobe Illustrator. I've thrown a lot of information at the students really fast. With some review, they seem to be catching on pretty quickly! We're moving into our first independent project, a sticker design. Today we're working on our thumbnail sketches and on Monday we'll be creating our designs in Illustrator.
Graphic Design 2 - The students just finished, critiqued and edited their propaganda poster. Now, we are working on a CMYK/RGB design after reviewing and studying color. This project is one of my favorites as in the previous years the students have created a lot of cool imagery from it.
Intro to Photoshop - Student finished up both the Pixel Art design (which they loved), the selective color project and now we've moved on to creating handmade collages. The students really enjoy the collage project because it's really hands on. I'm excited to see what they create this time around!
Below are some photos from the various projects:
Screen Printing - Culinary Shirts, Softball Shirts and Stamps
Graphic Design 1 - Retro Triangle Design
Graphic Design 2 - Propaganda Posters
Intro to Photoshop - Pixel Art