Students in Graphic Design will begin to explore the fundamentals of visual communication through the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Students will be expected to work in Adobe Creative Suite; mainly Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, to complete exercises and projects. In addition to the Elements and Principles, students will study typography and layout. Projects will reflect student interests as well as areas where students need additional work to master skills.
Projects will include different forms of visual communications including personal logo design, posters, invitations, CD covers, magazine advertisements, and packaging.
Students will be expected to maintain a portfolio of their work. This will be evaluated at the end of every quarter and will be weighted as a project grade.
Materials and supplies:
- 1" 3-ring binder
- pocket folder
- page protectors
- Sketchbook or spiral notebook, for note-taking/brainstorming
Enthusiasm, Creativity, Expression: Mrs. Holl's Philosophy
The opportunity and ability to explore, reflect and create with the thoughts and feelings from within you and with the influences of your environment is a gift all should have. As an art educator, I am able to inspire in my students this gift, and to have them see and respect this ability in others.
The creativity, spontaneity, and enthusiasm of young art students keeps me striving to bring them more inspiration and information. I love to share my excitement about art and my true love for learning in all disciplines. It is easy to create cross-curricular lessons as art touches every subject. Nothing is better than seeing a young artist create a masterpiece that takes them to another place or time, or to watch them use creativity to solve a problem and later apply that same critical thinking to an academic situation.
Art offers so many students the opportunity to feel successful and confident. Art is very subjective, allowing the learner and observer to create an interpretation based on his or her own experiences and imagination. I believe that every person has some kind or artistic ability. It is my life's love and work to help every student I teach to find their creative talent.
About Mrs. Holl...
I always knew I wanted to be an artist. After graduating from Queensbury High School, I attended Wells College in Aurora, NY, spending one semester in Florence, Italy. I hold a B.A. in Studio Art with a minor in Education.
My teaching career began at HCS in 1994. While teaching, I pursued my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through SUNY Plattsburgh. I continue to further my learning by attending workshops and conferences both in art and education.
I live in Queensbury with my husband and two children. When I'm not painting, I enjoy cooking, reading, downhilll skiing, hiking, and spending time with my family.
Exciting Classroom Activities
Grade 6 art students will begin the year reviewing the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. We will then focus on applying these to drawing 3-dimensional forms while incorporating an understanding of color and value. Students will then explore art from the Ancient Cultures they learn about in Social Studies. This will include written work and critical analysis. If an artist is struggling, they are welcome to bring their project to art and receive extra help during homeroom or after school.
This course is for high school students who want to explore the Elements of Art ad Principles of Design through Graphic Communications. We are applying our knowledge to create advertising and packaging design.
Another high school course, this group meets 1st period. We work in a variety of wet media to strengthen our fine arts abilities. We will cover the still life, portraiture, gesture and figure drawing, landscape, as well as abstract and expressionist work. Students will begin the year working in watercolor and will later explore tempera and gouache, ending the year with oil painting. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook.
Daily participation: 20%
Exercises and homework assignments: 20%