Laurie Boettcher
Marketing and Digital Marketing Program Director and Instructor

Monster-ously Demonstrated Skills

Assessment Published 9/29/17 Last updated on 2/28/20

My Visual Design curriculum follows along with the Learn Adobe Illustrator Text. I like to sprinkle fun projects throughout to allow students to be spontaneous in using their skills.

After chapter 8, using only the tools learned thus far in the course, students create a MONSTER! Students have the 2-hour class period to complete the project and may consult their text and classmates.

Here are the requirements:

1. Choose a monster style.

2. Create shapes using shape, reshape, shapebuilder, pathfinder, hand-drawn, live paint, gradient, blends, symbol, pen, and pencil tools.

3. Color everything.

4. Arrange the shapes into a monster.

5. Have fun!

6. Save the file appropriately.

7. Upload to the dropbox.

8. Post a .jpg of your monster on our course Facebook page and list the tools you employed.

The more you demonstrate your ability to apply newly acquired skills and the more complex your monster, the higher the points you'll earn.

Worth: 50 points

Due: At the end of class

1-2 Hours
ISTE Standards
Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

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Christiano Parra

Posted on 12/20/17 4:34:55 PM Permalink

Great! Thank you, Laurie.​

Randy Parazine

Posted on 10/26/17 3:23:51 PM Permalink

​Great resource! Thanks.

George Brooks

Posted on 10/26/17 10:40:24 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing will be a great assignment for Digital Media student to use to close our unit using Adobe Illustrator.

Rich Sigfrit

Posted on 10/25/17 1:03:23 PM Permalink

​What a fun and timely way to learn illustrator!

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 10/25/17 1:33:06 PM Permalink

Thank you!

barry ng

Posted on 10/25/17 6:13:14 AM Permalink

This is a great tutorial! How about moving them to the next level and making it animate :)

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 10/25/17 1:33:19 PM Permalink

Excellent idea Barry!​

Heidi James

Posted on 10/25/17 6:01:17 AM Permalink

​Download worked for me. It is a powerpoint file.

LP St pierre

Posted on 10/25/17 4:54:59 AM Permalink

​The download does not work

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 10/25/17 1:33:44 PM Permalink

Hmmm. It's a PowerPoint.​

kathleen lopez

Posted on 10/25/17 2:38:35 AM Permalink

​this download does not work. Could you please resend it or use another file type?

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 10/25/17 1:33:49 PM Permalink

Hmmm. It's a PowerPoint.

S Lord

Posted on 10/25/17 12:29:44 AM Permalink

Where is the "Learn Adobe Illustrator Text"?

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 10/25/17 1:34:49 PM Permalink

It's from Adobe press and prepares students for the certification exam.


Lisa Gunders

Posted on 10/24/17 11:58:51 PM Permalink

​I cannot seem to download the file. Is there another way to access it? Thanks

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 10/25/17 1:35:01 PM Permalink

It's a PowerPoint.​

Lisa Gunders

Posted on 10/25/17 10:27:41 PM Permalink

Ok, so I tried it in google chrome and it worked. It did not work in Safari, maybe it's worth mentioning in your description?

Thanks =)​

William Oesch

Posted on 10/24/17 8:41:32 PM Permalink

​Great resource. I am moving into Illustrator and this is perfect timing. Thanks.

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 10/25/17 1:35:12 PM Permalink

Excellent. Glad it was helpful.​

Joyelle Edmondson

Posted on 10/24/17 7:51:05 PM Permalink

​Thank you for the resource! It's perfect timing for Halloween next week! If you don't mind sharing, what textbook do you use for your course?

Laurie Boettcher

Posted on 10/25/17 1:35:48 PM Permalink

I use the ​Adobe Learn text, which prepares them for the certification exam.

Victoria Thor

Posted on 10/24/17 4:35:10 PM Permalink

​Thank you! My students created a multi-media monster drawing and a clay version in 4th grade. It would be fun to revisit this theme again as 7th and 8th graders in my graphic design class.