2020 has been one crazy year. I have been teaching online since March 2019 to my beautiful kiddos and have been busy adapting and reformatting everything to use in Canvas. Although we can’t be together in person, my students have been doing a fantastic job.
I have had to change the structure of my CTE design class. Instead of working on MacBooks and Adobe Photoshop in the classroom, they use PhotoPea and Chrome-books at home. I have to say PhotoPea has been a pleasant surprise; while not as good as Photoshop, the skills they learn will translate easily over into Photoshop, and the students have a free program to use anytime they wish at home.
I wanted to share my students’ Illustrated Words Project. In this project, students created a themed composition with a focus on the text. This project explores layer modes, layer styles, and layer order to achieve different blending effects. Students also explored the text tool and learned advanced techniques to edit typography and how to download and import different font styles.
To say things have been crazy would be an understatement. I miss being in class with my students and honestly did not think we would begin the school year virtually. I have been busy updating my curriculum and reformatting my lessons so that my students will have the best distance learning possible. I have been enrolled in several professional development courses through Santa Ana Unified. Thank you. Go PD! I have earned my Google Level 1 Certification and have been learning a new LMS; Canvas. Here’s a sneak peek of my virtual classroom.
We have been working on a soft sculpture. This is an exciting unit as students have debated whether or not this medium qualifies worthy as art. At the end of the project, when we reflected on our work, students, for the most part, agreed that soft sculptures, like those created by Hine Mizushima, are indeed art.
In this activity students analyzed logos using Costa’s levels of thinking. Students worked in groups of 4 to analyze the logos, evaluate if the logos were appropriate for their intended audience, and if not how could they be improved. Student’s then presented their posters in small groups, came back and reworked their posters.
This year as we are working on our school-wide AVID certification, we have been focusing on The Five Phases of the Focused Note-Taking Process. We take our notes in our Journals and refer back to them often. We often add to our messages, annotate, make connections beyond our notes, and reflect on them.
All students benefit as note-taking becomes a powerful and portable learning tool to carry with them throughout their entire educational experience.
Wow! That’s a mouthful! Just like the heading states, students worked in pairs to research the brand identities of some of the most successful companies out there. They had a worksheet to help guide them through their research after studying and documenting their findings. Students downloaded a template for Google slides, made a copy, and shared the Google Slides with their partners so that both partners could work on the slide show simultaneously. Students then presented their presentation in small groups or delivered to the whole class (extra credit.)
In this activity, we focused on the principle of Variety. First we looked at art that demonstrates good usage of variety. Then the students delved in deeper with a collaborative activity where they worked in small groups to analyze, interpret, judge, and evaluate a piece by a master artist (AVID strategy Costa’s Levels.)
Next students practiced line variety. We learned about hatching, cross hatching, stippling, using line variety (thick and thin.) We then practiced this by my making a value scale using the various line types.
Afterwards we had a gallery walk, discussed the work and wrote a refection.
After studying and looking at various artworks that demonstrate balance, students created their own pieces. They created these designs by creating a template then rotating their designs in an ABAB pattern. Afterwards we had a gallery walk to look at each other’s work and discuss it. Students then independently wrote a reflection/artist statement.