2017-2018 Edition: Photoshop Curriculum with Video Tutorials for EACH lesson
I'm currently modifying my curriculum to reflect some of the successes that we experienced this past year. I hope to post the new version before the end of August. I just wrapped up a short documentary that featured the culminating graphic design project for the semester: a marketing campaign for our school's sports teams. If you're considering doing something similar in your own class, check out this "behind the scenes" video that details best practices for this project.
HERE is the sequence for my Photoshop curriculum that I've been refining and adding to over the last few years. It is a Google Spreadsheet so as I make changes to what I teach and create new videos, I'll be sure to add them to this document. Because I've created hundreds of videos, they span various versions of Photoshop. The very first video, for example, features CS2 and videos later in the sequence use the 2017 CC version. My ambition is to revamp and catalogue these videos in to ~6 minute tutorials in which students can complete the learning target by the end of the 50 minute period. (It's a delicate balance between communicating learning objectives and detailing best practices for executing a technique with giving consideration to teenage attention spans and the parameters of an instructional period.) I create these videos using Techsmith's Camtasia, the best screen casting program in my opinion.
In the vast majority of projects, students start with a solid white image, typically 8.5 inches by 11 inches with a resolution of 250.
I'm always trying my best to facilitate collaboration between my students and I figured out a way does just this and enhances the overall quality of their work. Whenever we work on a project that contains a lot of assets, or images, for something like club fair poster like this, we'll stretch the work period over two or three classes. In the first class, students simply create PNG files by creating selections of their subject and pasting on to a transparent background. They save this selection as a PNG files and submit via Google Classroom. For subsequent classes, I share the folder of submitted PNGs back to the students (like this) so they can take advantage of their peers' PNG files. It reduces redundancy and motivates students to work hard because they know their classmates will be depending on the quality of their selection.
From my previous post:
This dynamic curriculum includes the first 120 lessons for a high school graphic design course. Lessons are original, sequenced, creative and fun. Video tutorials, typically 5 minutes in length, demonstrate a tool, technique, or concept. By the end of the semester, students will have developed the skills necessary to create authentic products of graphic design. Once the fundamentals are mastered, students apply their Photoshop skills in other academic classes: redesigning books covers in their English class, creating posters for their Earth Science class, creating trading cards of historical figures for their Global History class.
These projects are the result of years of teaching NYC high school students. This curriculum can be adopted in its entirety or used in bits and pieces according to the teachers specific need.
Please visit misterdrozd.com to see some of the outstanding work my students have produced. I am committed to providing my kids with an outstanding education so please feel free to include feedback or suggestions.
Each lesson is takes approximately 50 minutes to complete. Students recieve and submit all their work via email. The structure of my class is as follows:
Do Now (5 minutes)
Video Tutorial/ Question and Answer (10 minute)
Work Period (30 minutes)
Analysis of work product (5 minute)