New course for me - Intro to Computer Graphics

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by Michelle Coro Latest activity: Sep 5, 2014

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Help! I'm not even sure where to start. I'm teaching a new course (to me), Intro to Computer Graphics and I've been asked to focus on the Adobe suite. Any suggestions? I'm capable in the software, but not sure how to break them into step by step lessons and levels for primarily 9, but 9-12. Searching this site can be a bit overwhelming because there is so much great stuff to choose from.

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Richard Campbell

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 5:12 PM - Permalink

Although I've mostly taught adults in the Adobe Design Suite: Here 's my advice.

Avoid the canned software books, but arm yourself with the Adobe Quick Start Guides for the interface tours.

Show some finished works done by professional artists by each software as an introduction. Here you can make distinctions about different kinds of creative processes, designs, and artwork. With kids this is fun if you include multimedia that has some zing to it.

Design the courses around projects that teach specific design concepts- and explain what the design concept project is first off.

Have a step by step sheet for each process printed out separately, so that they can follow it.

Focus on one part of the software package at a time, and create a progression.

For example you might create a mobile that is printed on paper, designed, cut out, etc. and go from Photoshop, to Illustrator and then In Design to create the final layout of the project- but when you are dealing with younger students, it might be better to do the whole design in photoshop first.

So create simple projects that have limited steps, that allow the students to individualize them and find maximum expression for the least complex design.

Valery Keibler

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 5:13 PM - Permalink

I teach this at a community college, but the ideas would be the same. I use both Illustrator (Ai) and Photoshop (Ps) for the intro course. This is a 15 week class meeting twice a week for 2 hours at a time. The students have CS6 on the computers in the lab. I begin with an interactive PPT (should change to PDF) to introduce the differences and then begin with modifying text shapes in Ai and then have them explore all the options in Ai. They have 3 different projects while they explore. Then we introduce Ps, do the same sort of exploration and trials and end with 3 projects where they have complete freedom to create using a combo of the two programs. I will post my syllabus and make a link for you. At least it is a start!

Jodee Johnson

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 6:10 PM - Permalink

My favorite "textbooks" are the Adobe Classroom in a Book series. Even if you already know the programs and/or you don't plan on using a textbook, it is nice to look at the book for a logical sequence of lessons. This is how I structured my scope and sequence for graphic design. If you work through the Illustrator and Photoshop books, I would bet that you will get ideas for projects. My class is project based with tutorials interspersed so that the students can learn aspects of the program and then practice them.

Rajesh Krishnan

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 10:11 AM - Permalink

Depends on the time allocated for the course. Navigation through the major products and the intended output can be shown with examples. Out of course exploration of additional resources and examples can be provided to ignite curiosity.

Standard workflows for photography, motion graphics, animations, audio and video production and add more that you wish to. Form groups to understand collaboration and working on server are additional skills that requires mention. The link Damien has added contains materials for reference.

In my experience, the course is adjusted during the course, once you gauge the interest levels and enthusiasm.

Best of luck!

R

Carleather Ponder

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 7:01 PM - Permalink

I am in the same boat as you - I am looking for solutions!

JJ Akin

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 1:34 PM - Permalink

You can check out how Texas breaks down standards for the course in chunks by looking at the TEKS for the course.

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter130/ch130c.html

Damien Soukhavong

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 8:45 PM - Permalink

Duane Erickson

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 6:03 PM - Permalink

This is outstanding. Adobe Generation addresses several of my needs for introductory courses that I teach. Thanks

Duane Erickson

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 6:13 PM - Permalink

Of course, now I realize that you can't get to the courses because they're closed. Are these available somewhere to be completed as a self-directed course?

Sjaani van den Berg

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 1:25 AM - Permalink