Graphic Imaging I

    Prerequisite: Studio in Art


    This course is an introduction to design and computer-generated and computer-manipulated images. The student will have hands-on training using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Adobe Illustrator CS5 to draw, scan, alter, and reproduce images using the design principles and elements. Activities include logo design, digital photography, and digital drawing. Students will use industry standard procedures to produce professional quality projects and will gain the real life experience that businesses are looking for. This course will be taught in a computer lab for one double block every other day for the entire year, earning students one complete art credit. (1.0 credit) 

    Basic Information:

    Teacher:          Dawn DeHollander                             Contact:          dawn.dehollander@rcsdk12.org

    Course Evaluation:

    Overall grading is done at the end of each marking period. Students’ grades will be based on:

    • Tests (30%) – There will be a written format test at the end of each unit.
    • Projects (40%) – There will be a design project at the end of each unit.
    • Being Prepared (5%) – This includes being on time and prepared to work.
    • Classwork (25%) – This includes following along during presentations as well as using work time



    I expect students to be ON TIME every day and be ready to participate. Respect and take care of our materials, equipment, and supplies. Be willing to try new things and solve problems in new and unique ways. And follow these three simple rules: Be safe. Don’t prevent me from teaching. Don’t prevent others from learning.

    Course Outline:

    Unit 1: Designing for Communication

    -        What is Graphic Design? What is the Graphic Design Process? What does a Graphic Designer do?


    Unit 2: Photoshop Basics

    -        Overview of program layout, setting up a document, selections, cropping, creating layers, working with masks, basic photo corrections


    Unit 3: Color

    -        Color Wheel, color relationships, creating value with color, communicating meaning with color, Pop Art Movement


    Unit 4: Imagery

    -        Raster Graphics v Vector Graphics, Visual Hierarchy, Visual Weight, Balance


    Unit 5: Type

    -        Typography, type and its effect on meaning, categories of type, characteristics of letterforms, type spacing, type on a path



    Unit 6: Principles of Graphic Design

    -        Proximity, Alignment, Repetition, Contrast


    Unit 5: Illustrator Basics

    -        Overview of program layout, setting up a document, selections, creating/editing shapes, paths, pen tool, transformations, brushes, color groups, kinds of type