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Graphic Design I

Course Description

Students will learn the basic concepts of 2D design and illustration. Drawing, painting, and digital techniques will be explored. Students will make use of scanners, digital photography, and various programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Grade Level(s): 9th-12th grades

Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  Missouri Grade Level Expectations for Visual Arts

Essential Questions

  • How are the elements and principles of design chosen in an informed manner?
  • How does media choice aid in the success of an artwork?
  • Why do artists create the work that they do or historically did?
  • How should an artist present their artwork?
  • How should one respond to another person's artwork?

Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas

Students will understand that:

  • Form follows function: formal qualities and what form something takes is dependent on what it is supposed to do.
  • Media is a vehicle for expression: the base materials of art can be loaded with expressions (especially when done wisely).
  • Meaning, feeling, or narrative or not innate in artwork; they have to be wisely uploaded, and then driven into the artwork.
  • People create artwork in response to activities, events, and conventions surrounding them: all artists have reasons for what they do.
  • Meaning and quality of artwork are subjective, but justifiable.

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

Unit 1: Elements & Principles of Design

Unit 2: Typography

Unit 3: Photoshop

Unit 4: Illustrator

Course Resources & Materials: Photoshop, Illustrator, Education Flex and Pro for ART

Date Last Revised/Approved: 2009