Two-dimensional Design Class (Tue./Fri.)
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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 Friday 5/18. The Semester Test will be on Tuesday 5/15.
May 7-11 > Students will continue to work on the Photoshop activity sheet, including the Digital Landscape project. ** Binder check on Wed. 5/9** **Semester Test is scheduled for Tues. 5/15**
April 23-27 > Students will finish their sign designs this week and then hanging them up around the school. We will look ahead to the next unit, Digital Design.
April 16-20 > Students will be working on their sign designs this week. Check back for photos.
April 9-13 > Students will work on their sign design mockup before starting on the final on a metal sign. See below for project guidelines.
April 4-6 > We will only have class on Friday this week. We will look at examples of sign design as well as discuss the Sign Design project. Click here for the project guidelines.
March 26-30 > Students will finish their final neighborhood re-designs on Tuesday before beginning the Sign Design unit. We will review typography and look 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 Friday 3/9.
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 Tues. 2/20: 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 Tuesday as we wrap up the Patterns in Nature unit. We will also begin the Urban Design Unit. Homework for Friday 2/16: 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 Friday 2/9 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 Friday 1/12: Draw 2 objects at home whose design appears to be inspired by nature in either form or function or both.