Rosenbaum 9th Grade

VA INTERMEDIATE LEVEL I, Grade 9, Graphic Design                Fall 2014

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Visual Arts Department POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS for all classes are listed on our home page.   It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with and honor these policies. Click here to the TAB ON OUR HOME PAGE   sketchbook and full toolbox is required daily in class.  Students must have a thumb drive for this class.

Next Week In Class     Observational drawings due Monday in class.  Monday and Tuesday: complete all intaglio printing, assemble book pages, and finalize finalize binding plan.  Scan pages for type with InDesign.  Debra comes on Wednesday.  Books due Friday.

This Week’s Sketchbook AssignmentDue Monday, December 3,  Something I’m Thankful For….  Spend some time considering this prompt and select something you are truly glad is part of your life.  You have 2 weeks for this drawing so submit a totally finished piece–full page with full range of value or color.    Or, You can crazily stretch your creativity to create a hand turkey!  (All work must be totally original.  You should do research or use the Idea Generators to come up with a strong idea. To receive a 10, you must submit the work on time, demonstrate a one-hour commitment, utilize an entire page, and address the prompt creatively.  Unless specified, you may use the media of your choice.)

The Book Project Assignment

You are the alien artist on an expedition visiting earth for the first time.  As the artist, you are responsible for visually documenting things you find unusual or strange in this world.  Select a theme or category for your book of drawings so you are not all over the place with subject matter.  Perhaps you will chronicle dress, foods, or behaviors of what you encounter.  Get outside your life and look in.  What might seem strange to others about our life and lifestyle here?  We will be doing 2 printmaking projects 2nd quarter and you must include these into your book.

Project Requirements

6 pages required

Minimum of 4 original drawings from life, one silkscreen element and one intaglio print

Creative book form, research possibilities

Cover and binding

Some text to be added

Book Dummy

Finished Book

Department Requirement Due Dates                                                               Wednesday, September 10     Writing #1 Due

Wednesday, October 8            Writing #2 Due

Thursday, October 16              1st Quarter Show, 6 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12       Writing #3 Due, Graphic Design Career Research

Wednesday, December 3         Writing #4 Due

Thursday, December 11           2nd Quarter Show, 6 – 8 p.m.

CLASS SYLLABUS                                                                           

BIG IDEA   Graphic Design is visual art created to communicate a specific idea through various applications such as the poster, advertisements and illustrations.   Graphic design must go beyond the function of pure aesthetic expression (as in “fine art”) to clearly articulate and communicate its message.    Students will practice analyzing and discussing graphic design to understand subtle messages conveyed using high level thinking skills and appropriate vocabulary.

Essential Questions      How is graphic design different from fine art?
  How has graphic design been used through history as persuasion and communication?
  How do graphic artists use the expressive features (elements and principles of art) to express meaning, get attention and reveal personal style?
  What does graphic design art look like through different times, places and cultures?
  How can type and text  be used as powerful expressive elements in graphic design?    How can color be used as powerful elements in graphic design?  What technology and design software programs can help me in graphic design? How do printmaking techniques cross over into graphic design? How can digital photography be used to create bold images for posters?

Class Activities and Assignments  s

Students must have a thumb drive for this class.

Written work including Art Gallery Reviews and research on selected artists and styles as assigned.

Lecture, class discussion, demonstrations and independent research

Weekly sketchbook assignments to practice skills and stretch creativity

Various critique formats to provide constructive feedback, practice communication skills, and reflect on individual work

Major class projects (expect to spend time out of class to complete these assignments!)

Guest Artists and speakers will contribute to our study including professional graphic designer, Debra Johnson, who will work with type and text design using InDesign software and Photoshop

Field trips and special projects with community partners


Various forms of advertising strategies;
Art vocabulary for discourse and writing; 
Characteristics and Expressive features of Art; Tools, processes, technology, and materials used in the creation of graphic design

A variety of digital software, techniques and processes;
Expressive qualities of art (elements and principles) to construct meaning; Sketching, brainstorming, revision, and journaling as steps in the creative process;
Collaboration in the creation of graphic art; Tools and techniques used in the design industry;  Silkscreen, intaglio, and relief printmaking processes

The four-step criticism model in written and oral form; Appropriate class critique behaviors; Different functions of graphic design from various periods and cultures; Internet, books, and articles to appropriately research art periods, artists,
techniques, cultures, styles, and perspectives;
Qualities of craftsmanship and aesthetic concepts

     Educational options for a career in design;  How art skills transfer to and intersect with other disciplines and areas of life including business skills;  Collaborate with others in the generation of ideas, production and analysis of art; Professional presentation to clients

Colorado Academic Standards for Visual Art

1.Observe  and  Learn  to   Comprehend:   The  visual  arts  are  a  means  for   expression, communication  and   meaning  making.

2.Envision  and  Critique  to  Reflect:  Visual  arts  recognize,  articulate,   and  implement  critical  thinking   through  the  synthesis,  evaluation   and  analysis  of  visual  information.

3.Invent  and  Discover  to  Create:  Generate  works  of  art  that  employ        unique  ideas,  feelings,  and  values   using  different  media,   technologies.

4.Relate  and  Connect  to  Transfer:  Recognize,  articulate,  and validate value  of  the  visual  arts  to   lifelong  learning  and  the  human experience.

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