The monster Project is complete! After designing a monster, placing it in a background environment, writing a story about it and laying the story spread out students animated a moment from their story. Each is a 2-3 second animated GIF and all were created using Adobe Photoshop in the beginning Graphic Design class.
Using a digital cutter students reinterpreted the ArTES logo using a two layer stencil and spray paint. The logo had to be digitally adjusted and elements were separated and mapped to the digital printer which cut out the designs. Designs were sprayed onto colored paper and framed and hung in the ArTES main office.
Students were tasked with creating their own musical composition in this multi-week project. Before they started though each student was assigned a song and were asked to graph the energy levels of the song and connect that data with the amount of instruments and the types of sounds that is heard in the song at any one moment.
After analyzing someone else's track the students were given a drum kit app for their iPads, a digital recorder and a list of different types of sounds they need to find. With recorders in hand students spread across campus, banging on anything they could find that sounded like the types of percussion sounds found in a drum kit.
Back in the classroom the sounds were edited and equalized to bring out the best of each sound using a free wav editor called Audacity. Then these sounds were assigned to a new drum kit in Garageband and then composed into beats and rhythms. These were then arranged into complete tracks. Finally cover art was created.
All of the songs created in the project are playable below. There were some great results with a lot of experimentation. Keep in mind that all sounds used for these compositions were recorded by the students themselves.
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Graphic design needs of the school plays and musicals falls on the intermediate and advanced Graphic Design students. This year a couple of classes collaborated to come up with some fantastic designs for the ArTES Spring Musical Hairspray.
The process initially focused on color and font style as well as research into 50's TVs and hairstyles. As materials were collected digital artists worked with the theatre department on design choices that eventually resulted in the work below. Design elements from the posters were incorporated into the actual set design for the production.
When given the choice, the period 3 Graphic Design Fundamentals class choose to create super heroes and villains instead of creating monsters. This shake-up created some great results. The class was split evenly between heroes and villains and had to write origin stories that explain their character's super power and motivation.
Using Photoshop students be created their own star field complete with cosmic dust, star clusters and other deep space phenomenon from complete scratch. It was a process where the more they did and the more they got into it, the better the results.
Students were also asked to design a constellation including drawings and an origin story. Finally the constellation designs were animated within the original star field with surprising results!
Each element of the project can be explored in the galleries below. You can also go to the assignment page itself to see how they did it!
In this combination digital photography and abstract digital collage project students were asked to tell the story of ArTES by capturing its edges and boundaries and rearranging and reassembling those edges into a new form. They took pictures of edges of buildings, windows, benches and anything else from around campus to create something new that feels whole and connected to the place the original photos were captured. The final digital collage came in two color versions and was printed on proper poster paper for display. An artist reflective statement was also written.
Check out the full project lesson here.
To design the flowers students used a free iPad app called Helloflower that lets you design your own unique three dimensional flower. After the flower has been created students write about the characteristics of their flower based on what you find in real field guides. Pictures of the flower and the information about it are then put into a page layout using Photoshop.
For the full assignment click here.
21st Century Storytelling
All the work on this page comes from the series of digital design classes taught by MR. Massey. The classes include Introduction to Graphic Design, Intermediate Graphic Design and Advanced Graphic Design. The overall 3-course pathway is unofficially known as 21st Century Storytelling.