WedNESDAY august 1, 2018
WELCOME BACK TO VETERAN AND NEWBIE GRAPHIC DESIGNERS!
GET READY FOR A BUSY FALL OF SKILLS USA CONTEST PREP, COMPETITIONS, FUNDRAISERS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE! WE ARE ALL ABOUT EXCELLENCE HERE, AND THAT MEANS DRILLING DOWN INTO EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS AND HONING OUR DESIGN SKILLS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER! ADVANCED STUDENTS WILL BE SETTING UP OUR PRINTING LAB BUSINESS, ENVOICING, DOING INVENTORIES AND ORDERING SUPPLIES. iNTRO STUDENTS WILL LAUNCH INTO "WHAT IS GRAPHIC DESIGN', THE HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN AND THE ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD ME AS YOUR TEACHER, I SAY 'WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF THE DESIGNER!" LOOK FORWARD TO A LOT OF COLLABORATION, A LOT OF INTENSE LEARNING, AND A LOT OF FUN. WE REALLY ARE A FAMILY, AND WE DEPEND UPON EACH OTHER A LOT TO KEEP THINGS ON TARGET AND JOBS DONE ON TIME.
again, WELCOME - GET READY FOR A FABULOUS FALL SEMESTER IN GRAPHIC DESIGN!!!!
I can hardly believe the school year is almost finished! I keep asking myself where does the time go!! I look at my seniors and think about how little they were when I met them and overnight, they've become such lovely young men and women filled with promise! It's been a good year!
Jon, DJ and Skyler received duo certifications in Adobe Illustrator and PrintEd Advertising. Talk about excited! This was our first year to take the Adobe test, and it was a challenge! We had 13 End of Pathway Certifications this year - our best EVER! In fact, every single student stepped up to the plate. I could not be more proud of a graduating class. They are FABULOUS - Small and mighty! YES!
Design and Production Class is the home of my future business leaders and master graphic designers. They are preparing to take over the lab in the absence of Jon and DJ next year. it will be a challenge, but they are more than capable and up to it! Becca Lau, Bailey Jones, Gerry Parkinson, Carlos, Nick, Jordan, Dustin, Megan, and the gang will be ready to take on the task of running our business, the billing, finishing and design work. Get ready for this dynamic team of leaders! They're going to crush it in 2019-20!!!
INTO to Graphic Design classes were filled with some of the best talent yet. Talk about a natural group of designers AND PHOTOGRAPHERS! Creativity just runs in their veins. Of course this makes my job easy - because they are so driven to learn and succeed. Do I sound like a proud teacher? I SURE AM! Katie, Jackson and Jackson, Brynn, Emily, Gwynneth, Devyn, Coco, Abby, Imani, Beautiful, Daniel, Natalie...Oh my...I could go on and on - the list of greatness is endless!! I can't wait for next year to see what these kiddos can do! Get ready for some surprises!
i CAN'T BELIEVE ITS ALREADY FEBRUARY!! GOSH WHERE DOES TIME GO?
Advanced students have already begun to do live jobs and work with clients. Our focus is on college and career ready preparation, so we are more than eager to work with clients and learn the vast information that goes along with running a graphic design business.
Intro students have been working hard on Illustrator. They are completing a series of assignments where they are able to practice new skills learned in class. While sometimes frustrating, the joys of creating something digital that is truly their own, brings true excitement. Building confidence is what I do best! I want all of my intro students to know that they are entering a new adventure that can change their lives!
As we build our program, please remember to get the word out that KMHS Graphic Design is a remarkable program that encourages everyone to learn about the design industry and become a part of it if they so choose. In fact, this is the first year in a while that we are taking three students to SKILLS USA regional competition! We are so excited we can barely contain it! Camryn Scott will be competing in pin design, Megan Gorin will be competing in t shirt design, and DJ Wilkes will be competing in business and public speaking. As you can tell, we are gonna take the world by storm - and let every one know that we are more than glorified copy machine operators - WE ARE DESIGNERS!!!
Pass the word! I'm thinking about uploading some testimonials from students so they can describe what we do so the world can learn more about the world of graphic design. What do you think? Let us know
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. WE WANT TO KNOW.
Also, parents, if any of you work in the field of graphic design, photography or illustration, please let me know. We want our kiddos to hear from those in the industry and want them to have the benefits of learning from YOU. If you can come in and present a short program with visuals of your work, a power point, your portfolio or anything like that, we'd love to hear from you!
Hello all and welcome to the new year! This semester begins with two new graphic design intro classes - and wow are they going to do great things! My advanced students are itching to get into the heart of design work and we'll be headed there within a week or two. Before all the fun stuff, we've got to take care of the business of grades, portfolio preparedness, dressing for success and organizing the lab. Here we go!!
Good Grief! That's Charlie Brown talk for "geeze time flies by fast!" It seems like school just started and here we are with less than 8 weeks left until the Winter Holiday! I'd like to talk to you for a minute about our classes, our students, and what makes Graphic Design at KMHS so great,
First of all, we have remarkable students. I mean, they really are special. Our students are the heart and soul of KMHS! Besides heart and soul, they are the most well mannered, mature and dedicated group of young people I've ever known. That makes being their teacher extra special, and makes my days filled with joy, laughter and an occasional "good grief"...I mean that in a good way! LOL
Secondly, they are always willing to kick in when we have a big job to do, and enthusiastically get things rolling! They are not afraid of mistakes, because, even though its embarrassing and frustrating to mess up, that's how we learn. There's no condemnation in the Graphics Lab! We are all learning...with the caveat that we are Learning to be EXCELLENT. Yes, that's right, excellent. What does that look like? It is finishing what you started, fixing your mistakes without complaint, doing what is expected and celebrating other's victories as well as your own. It is treating others the way you want to be treated, and reaching out to those less fortunate around you with love and grace.
That's what we're about inside, as we grow through the outward changes that makes us Graphic Designers with Finesse!
Intro kiddos passed their safety test, started Illustrator and completed several designs within Illustrator. They learned about typography and the difference between a serif and sans serif. They are currently working on Digital Photo and Photoshop. Within that unit, students are taking their own photos and making a POWTOON audio/video presentation. Next they will be learning photo editing techniques in PS. Finally, we will work on a printing unit and each student will create a digital portfolio. Whew! What a busy time for INTRO!!
Advanced and D & P
D & P students finished the Intro syllabus in InDesign. This included adding columns, editing photos and using typography to create the Intro to Graphic Design Syllabus. This week, students are creating a promotional poster for the Graphic Design Department. The best will be chosen and a prize will be awarded next Friday! Exciting! Jules is in the lead at this point-everybody better catch up with this lady - she's not playing!! LOL
Advanced students are working on a 16 page booklet with a focus on reader's and printer's spreads in InDesign. This presents quite a challenge, as I'm sure everyone would tell you. Putting the booklet in the right order to print is not always an easy thing - that's why we do a mock up (dummy) first, so we know how to order the pages for a printer's spread.
We are looking for opportunities to serve our community over the holiday season. This teaches students to develop empathy and realize another world exists beyond their comfort zones. Plus, the blessings are ours when we learn to serve others, right? With this in mind, we are considering how to best use our talents and skills. If you have ideas, please let one of the students or me know. We'll be looking to decide within the next week or so, so that we have enough time to collect donations, make items or save things that are needed.
Also, if you happen to have access to anything that we might be able to use in the graphics lab, please please please do not hesitate to step forward. We work really hard, but dollars don't seem to go very far any more. We are grateful for what we have, but always looking for opportunities to raise money for our supplies. Donations are always welcome.
Until next time, B Graphic Everybody!
Things are hopping in the graphics classroom! All students are fully engaged in learning the ins and outs of the business of graphic design.
Intro students have been working hard on safety in the lab. They are creating a floor plan that locates all of our equipment and supplies. Wednesday of this week, they are taking the safety test-and all need to pass with a 100%! This will insure that students are prepared to handle chemicals and equipment safely and respectfully.
Next on the board for Intro students - TYPOGRAPHY
Graphic Design and Production students are using InDesign to create a booklet/syllabus. Requirements are that they use their own photographs, complete thumbnails, roughs and a final comp for print production. When they complete this project we will gather around the conference table and do a group edit/critique of each work. In this way, students are allowed to provide input to the editing process, rather than it just being a teacher-led process.
Advanced GD III and IV are both working on Typographical Resumes. Each student completed research, thumbnails, roughs and a mood board. Once thumbnails and roughs were approved and the best ones chosen, students went into InDesign and created a final.
All students are quickly becoming adept at the PROCESS of creating graphics. After all, its not just a matter of sitting down at a computer and creating award winning designs. It is a PROCESS and a LEARNED SKILL. Our most adept, organized and dedicated students move on into college programs and into the workforce well prepared and eager to get to work!
Things are off to a start at KMHS! We've experienced the first week crazies, the Eclipse, fire drills and Open House. Now its time to get down to business.
Our SKILLSUSA team is being organized and getting ready for competitions. In addition, advanced students are working on live jobs that have been requested both from our faculty and outside clients. We are waiting for our sink to arrive so that we can begin screen printing. The new sink, the new folder, add in the laminator and screens, will have our shop in top shape. We will be up and running in no time!
Intro classes are working on Copyright and Ethics. They just completed the Elements and Principles of Design. Looking ahead, we will begin our tutorials on Adobe Illustrator and file formats this week. Next week we will drill down into the History of Print Processes.
Altogether, its an exciting time to be a Graphic Designer at KMHS. WE love what we do, and love where we DO it!!!
Its an exciting time to be a Mustang! If you've kept up with the latest news about our high school, you know that we have recently recertified our STEM program. This is a rigorous process for our teachers, and its acquisition vital to who we are as a STEM leader in the district. Our highly esteemed teachers received accolades from Dr. Trach, Superintendent Ragsdale and district leaders for this great accomplishment. Amazingly enough, this falls on the heels of our recent national recognition as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post for 2017. Considering only 12 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools were placed on this national list, this is quite an accomplishment. In fact, it puts us in the top 5 % of all high schools in the country. Is that something to be proud of or what!!!!
Our seniors are restless and ready to graduate. You can see the look in their eyes-let's get this party started!! At the same time, they are furiously finishing projects, going on university tours, trying to line up jobs, and wondering what their futures will bring. As we move through this week and prepare for finals and graduation, please take a moment to reflect on these young folks. They are some of the best students in Georgia and are ready to take on the world. If you see them, congratulate them on a job well done. Tell them you are proud of them and remind them they will one day cherish the memories they had and the people they knew at KMHS. Time flies. Soon these babies will be in the workforce and starting families of their own! Yikes!
Thank you parents and students for a great semester. This was my first at KMHS and I cannot tell you how proud I am to be a Mustang. Some of the best teachers and professionals are my colleagues. My students are intelligent, committed, hilariously funny and nestled in my heart.
I look forward to this summer to rest up, rejuvenate and spend time with my loved ones, particularly my new grandson, Ethan. Kansas City is my home, but thanks to you, our children and the wonderful faculty and staff at KMHS, I now have a new home at KMHS. I am overjoyed. I am blessed.
Wow where does the time go? There are 12 days til graduation already!
Intro classes have been discovering InDesign as a software program to create books, booklets, ads and newsletters. Activities included thumbnails/rough/comp and camera ready. Booklets were digitally printed and finished with a binding. Every student completed a Mother's Day booklet, so look for it coming home this week.
Advanced students finally completed TYPOGRAPHY POSTERS, which we all agreed was a great challenge. To see results of their labors, view the bulletin board outside the lab or take a peek at the student work page on this blog. You will be surprised and amazed at the quality of work we are producing.
Output processes finished graphics for all of the lab print capabilities and have been working on screen printing, editing documents and finishing/binding. End of pathway test takers are finishing testing this week.
Summer is coming-but its not here yet! That means staying focused and working hard towards the prize: Excellence and that 4.0!!! Final projects are being completed and final test reviews will be next week. Get ready for a BIG FINISH!!
During the summer break, Keep your talents honed - work on your graphic design skills this summer. Keep working in your sketchbooks on designs, logos and collecting great examples you see that appeal to your taste. Take photos of important activities and people. Save them to your drop box. Remember the compositional rules!!
This week, students are beginning Photo Shop CC. We are looking at file formats, the work space, tools, layers and learning to do basic adjustments to photos. On Wednesday, students will begin the process of editing their photos and creating a photo file for their portfolios.
Photo shop is a partner to Illustrator and InDesign. All three are used fluently by graphic designers because, while they are closely related, each do different tasks necessary to complete the designer's tool chest.
Advanced students are taking the pathway completion exam this week.
This week students are completing a file of their own photos using 20 compositional techniques. Because its beautiful outdoors, students have been exploring focusing, exposure, lighting, and all the ways to use the iPhone as a legitimate camera to shoot beautiful photos while outside. We have discovered things about our campus and surrounding grounds we were not aware of before.
Once files are complete, students will begin the first assignment in PhotoShop.