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Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology

1299 Bryant Ave, Mt. View, CA 94040 T 650-940-4680   F 650-961-1346
2 Required Classes: English and Design 3rd/Elective Class:  + Animation or Digital Media or Film
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Digital Photography and Graphic Design

Instructor: Leslie Parkinson

Email: Leslie.Parkinson@freestyleacademy.rocks or Leslie.Parkinson@mvla.net

Voicemail: 650-940-7479

Elements and Principles of Design

Expected School-wide Learning Results:

21st CENTURY SKILLS

To prepare students to live, learn, and work successfully in today's knowledge-based digital society, our emphasis at Freestyle will be on developing:

  • Visual Literacy - the ability to interpret, use, appreciate, and create images and video using both conventional and 21st century media in ways that advance thinking, decision making, communication, and learning.
  • Technological Literacy - knowledge about what technology is, how it works, what purposes it can serve, and how it can be used efficiently and effectively to achieve specific goals.
  • Creativity - the act of bringing something into existence that is genuinely new, original, and of value either personally (of significance only to the individual or organization) or culturally (adds significantly to a domain of culture as recognized by experts).
  • Self Direction - the ability to set goals related to learning, plan for the achievement of those goals, independently manage time and effort, and independently assess the quality of learning and any products that result from the learning experience.
  • High Productivity - the ability to produce intellectual, informational, or material products that serve authentic purposes and occur as a result of students using real-world tools to solve or communicate about real-world problems. These products include persuasive communications in any media (print, video, the Web, verbal presentation), synthesis of resources into more useable forms (databases, graphics, simulations), or refinement of questions that build upon what is known to advance one's own and others' understanding.
  • Teaming and Collaboration - cooperative interaction between two or more individuals working together to solve problems, create novel products, or learn and master content.
  • Social and Civic Responsibility - the ability to manage technology and govern its use in a way that promotes public good and protects society, the environment, and democratic ideals.
  • Risk Taking - the willingness to make mistakes, advocate unconventional or unpopular positions, or tackle extremely challenging problems without obvious solutions, such that one's personal growth, integrity, or accomplishments are enhanced.

What Is Expected From The Student

Assessment and Grading:

Quarter grades will be determined on the basis of performance on projects and classwork. Each area of evaluation will be weighted as follows:

  • Minor Prep Work = 30%
  • Major Productions = 70%

*Please note: Only semester grades appear on transcripts.

Grades will be assigned on the basis of the following percentages:

  • A 90 to 100%
  • B 80 to 89%
  • C 70 to 79%
  • D 60 to 69%
  • F below 60%

English Classes: Breakdown of Grading and Late Policies for Project and Prep Work:

Grade Book Update Policy:

Grades may be viewed 24/7 through individual online accounts on https://jupitergrades.com/login/?10334 and will be updated every two weeks or so. Students/Parents will receive grade-viewing info by email.

Daily Assignments:

Daily assignments are determined by tasks needed to achieve project goals. Students are responsible to check assigned tasks on the online daily agenda and end goals and work toward achieving those tasks and goals.

Continuation Policy:

Graduating HS is a very important goal. This requires you to get enough credits for graduation. Passing classes at Freestyle for enough credits is part of that process - especially passing English.

To remain a student at Freestyle:

  1. Each student must achieve a C- or higher each Semester in English and at least one of your other 2 Freestyle classes.
  2. Each student must also achieve a unweighted TGPA of 2.0 or higher each Semester in all your classes at all schools.

Failure to meet these standards will result in being disenrolled at Freestyle because we want you to enroll in classes that you can pass and get enough credits to graduate from high school. Ultimately, Freestyle cannot be the reason why you don't graduate from high school.

Attendance:

Attendance at Freestyle is required of students from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00-3:30 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and also 10:05-11:35 or 1:00-2:30 on Thursdays. Note: Students may receive a failing grade "F" in a class where they accumulate 15 or more unexcused absences.

Make Up Work

Absent students are allotted the same number of absent class days to complete assignments. If a student is absent for extended periods of time, it is the student's responsibility to consult with instructor for make-up work.

Classroom Rules:

Because of the various expensive equipment provided for each student, no eating, drinking and chewing gum will be strictly enforced. Students not in their seats when class begins will receive a tardy. Cheating on any assignment or evaluation will not be tolerated. Any student caught cheating will be given a zero for the item and will be subject to further disciplinary action.

Help:

Office hours: 3:30-5 PM everyday or email me at Leslie.Parkinson@freestyleacademy.rocks.

Open Lab hours throughout the year will be posted online and announced in class.
Lots of information is on the other tabs at the top of the page.

Textbooks:

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

  • Design Elements

Design Equipment Contract

Class Calendar

Optional Equipment

Prerequisites: None

Length: 1 year

Credits: 10 Units

UC/CSU: Yes


Course Description:

This yearlong Design course builds a foundation of visual arts skills and knowledge at the proficient level of the Visual and Performing arts content standards for grades 9-12. The first semester of Design 1 introduces students to art using the elements and principles of art and design, through a series of projects in various media, including traditional media such as pencil, ink, paint, paper, and photography as well as new media. Students willalso use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for various projects. Assignments based on design principles, color theory, and typography, emphasize the development of technical skills and a personal design vocabulary which serve as a foundation for more complex projects such as creation of photo essays, narrative photography projects, promotional products including logos, posters, and package design, and installations. Students will continue to generate a portfolio of work that can be used to demonstrate their abilities for college entrance or
employment in the visual arts world.

The second semester of Design 1, continues the exploration of the elements and principles of visual design in a series of longer term, larger scale, more technically demanding projects. Assignments call for student's solutions to more complex design problems. Students are introduced to: symbolic and expressive use of color and experimentation with abstract, expressive, and representational approaches to composition and content. Media
and techniques explored include drawing, printmaking, collage, illustration, painting, digital montage, advanced photography techniques, and use of found object and recycled materials as design components. Possible projects include designing logos for and creating t-shirts, packaging and poster design, creation of thematic photography portfolios, creating narrative works for books, large-scale, two-dimensional works and installations. Students
become proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Textbooks:

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

  • Design Elements

Design Equipment Contract

Class Calendar

Optional Equipment

Prerequisites: None

Length: 1 year

Credits: 10 Units

UC/CSU: Yes


Course Description:

This yearlong Design course builds a foundation of visual arts skills and knowledge at the proficient level of the Visual and Performing arts content standards for grades 9-12. The first semester of Design 2 continues with the skills students learned in Design 1. Using the elements and principles of art and design, through a series of projects in various media, including traditional media such as pencil, ink, paint, paper, and photography as well as new media.

Students will also use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for various projects. Assignments based on design principles, color theory, and typography, emphasize the development of technical skills and a personal design vocabulary which serve as a foundation for more complex projects such as creation of photo essays, narrative photography projects, promotional products including logos, posters, and package design, and installations. Students will continue to generate a portfolio of work that can be used to demonstrate their abilities for college entrance or employment in the visual arts world.

The second semester of Design 2, continues the exploration of the elements and principles of visual design in a series of longer term, larger scale, more technically demanding projects. Assignments call for student's solutions to more complex design problems. Students are introduced to: symbolic and expressive use of color and experimentation with abstract, expressive, and representational approaches to composition and content. Media
and techniques explored include drawing, printmaking, collage, illustration, painting, digital montage, advanced photography techniques, and use of found object and recycled materials as design components. Possible projects include designing logos for and creating t-shirts, packaging and poster design, creation of thematic photography portfolios, creating narrative works for books, large-scale, two-dimensional works and installations. Students
become proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

  1. Line - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDePyEFT1gQ
  2. Shape - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJzGkZwkHt4
  3. Form - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DIPs3T2dQk
  4. Texture - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoOb3JSDAUo
  5. Value - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAwYHNo31ZQ
  6. Color - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWW_UbrkBEw
  7. Space - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U11B_0FCn6o

Using the scanners

The tutorials below are specific to what we do at Freestyle ACAT and our projects. Click on a link to view the tutorial. You will need Quicktime installed on your computer to view the movie tutorials.

Digital SLR Simulator

PDF Documents

  1. Elements of Art (0.6 MB)
  2. Composition (1.7 MB)
  3. Typography 1 (0.8 MB)
  4. Typography 2 (1.1 MB)
  5. Color Theory 1 (2.1 MB)
  6. Color Theory 2 (1.1 MB)
  7. Sign & Symbol (2.7 MB)
PhotoPhilanthropy

tutvid.com

Layer Magazine Tutorials

Other video resources

  1. Wacom Tablet (minutes 2-14 only)
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D4AyTF-6D8&t=2m00s
  2. Cameras Basics: 
    1. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzn6yKTVcfs
    2. Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89eLDJu_Khw&list=PLofZ5PK0b1X3Yjfa6aIPp9NWhsc13sZ20&index=2
  3. Exposure:
    1.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjqgTlA7IJE
  4. White Balance:  
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IaV1JFLbig
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQP2Z9NmHns
  5. Composition: 
    1. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKolQSIHOqg
    2. Part 2: Rule of Thirds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV-no8zT45Q
  6. Lighting - Speedlights and Flash:
    1. Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHpmd0-1ZyE&list=PL9103F0B33BA9DC53
    2. Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGMY3qj-EjU
    3. Reflecting existing or other light sources http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov-CyVRIVCA
    4. 3-point lighting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdukxocU9Ss
  7. Tools
    1. Healing Tool - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ_B9bbEe7M
    2. Pen Tool- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-YywHSzPXM
  8. Photoshop
    1. http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/photoshop-secret-shortcuts
    2. http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/texture-map/
  9. Bridge
    1. http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-photoshop-cs6/bridge-101/
  10. Illustrator
    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgmu8RwLi28
    2. http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/adobe-illustrator-shortcuts
  11. InDesign
    1. http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-evangelists-terry-white/how-to-get-started-with-adobe-indesign-cs6-10-things-beginners-want-to-know-how-to-do/
  12. Juniors
    1. QuickStory6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K5bqXIpl8M&t=2m52s
    2. Storyboard Quick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K5bqXIpl8M&autoplay=1
  13. Seniors
    1. Paragraph styles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJOpBQXFL1w
    2. Character styles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX9KX5Du4G0
    3. Threading text boxes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ots014F7ryM

Leslie Parkinson
Digital Photography and Graphic Design Teacher

Leslie Parkinson

Leslie Parkinson
Email: Leslie.Parkinson@freestyleacademy.rocks or Leslie.Parkinson@mvla.net
Voicemail: 650-940-7479

Leslie Parkinson comes to Freestyle from Nipomo High School, located near Pismo Beach. During her six years at NHS she taught Design, Drawing, Painting, AP Art History, and AP Studio Art. She is a Cal Poly SLO alumnus, and received her Masters in Education from Chapman University. Her own art consists of mixed mediums, digital and canvas painting, as well as glass and fine metals. For many years her art was sold in many central coast galleries, and she hopes to establish herself in northern California galleries soon. Ms. Parkinson is over-joyed to be at Freestyle Academy, considering this her "dream job", and hopes to remain teaching here for many many years.

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