Two-dimensional Design Class (Mon./Thur.)
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Current assignments and projects:
• Digital Design Unit: We look at creating designs using the computer, specifically Adobe Photoshop.
Schedule for the week:
May 14-18 > Students will be working on finishing the Digital Montage Photoshop project, due Thursday 5/17. The Semester Test will also be on Thursday 5/17.
May 7-11 > Students will continue to work on the Photoshop activity sheet, including the Digital Landscape project. ** Binder check on Thurs. 5/10** **Semester Test is scheduled for Thurs. 5/17**
April 23-27 > We will begin working on our last project, Digital Design, where we look at using the computer in different ways to make designs. We will start by using Photoshop Elements to create a digital landscape.
April 16-20 > Students will finish their game designs this week. We will then be creating real-life versions of their games to play in-class.
April 9-13 > Students will be working on the game design project. Click here for project guidelines.
April 4-6 > We will be playing disc golf Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for the game design project.
March 26-30 > We will begin the Sign Design unit by reviewing typography and by looking at examples of alternative approaches to mass communication in the public realm.
March 19-23 > Students will work on the final version of their Neighborhood Re-designs. Final Designs are due on Thursday 3/22.
March 5-9 > Students will be working on their neighborhood re-designs following their completed neighborhood assessments from last week where they determined the three most needed features to make their communities more livable and sustainable. Rough designs are due on Thursday 3/8.
Feb. 26-March 2 > Students will look at examples of sustainability practices being used in urban design including basins, chicanes, native planting (including shade trees), community gardens, and other practices. On Wednesday 2/28, we will take a field trip down to the Dunbar-Spring neighborhood that has examples of these practices in use. Please be sure to bring a (reusable) bottle of water and shoes appropriate for walking.
Feb. 19-22 > We begin the Urban Design unit by doing a neighborhood assessment of each student's neighborhoods. Due Mon. 2/19: Observe and draw your neighborhoods as well as make a written description of what you observed. Be as detailed as possible.
Feb. 12-16 > Biomimicry presentations continue on Monday as we wrap up the Patterns in Nature unit. We will also begin the Urban Design Unit. Homework for Thursday 2/15: Observe and draw your neighborhood from a ground-level perspective by finding a place to sit in your neighborhood and then drawing what you see.
Feb. 5-9 > Students will work on the digital version of their Biomimicry designs using SketchUp. They will also work on putting together a 5-minute presentation using Google Slides or Open Office. Presentations will start on Thursday 2/8 so please be ready and rehearsed! Click here for the presentation guidelines.
Jan. 29-Feb. 2 > Students will finish their biomimicry designs this week and will begin working on creating their designs in the design software, SketchUp.
Jan. 22-26 > Students will begin working on the rough drafts of the Biomimicry Project designs while continuing to distill their research to give their designs a scientific basis.
Jan. 16-19 > Students will begin researching for the Biomimicry project and will decide on what function or functions their design will perform. Click here for the Biomimicry project description sheet.
Jan. 8-12 > We look at the meaning of Biomimicry, its practice, its implications for the sustainability of our planet, and the impact on us as consumers. We begin the Biomimicry project by watching sections of the documentary, Objectified. See trailer below. Homework for Thursday 1/11: Draw 2 objects at home whose design appears to be inspired by nature in either form or function or both.