Graphic Design

Graphic Design

We live in a visual society. Computer generated images have become a new art form and a powerful means of visual communication. This course will enable students to create and manipulate images using Photoshop Elements, a graphic editing program, to compose digital arrangements. Students will explore drawing and painting capabilities, learn to scan and thus bring non-computer generated images (photographs, drawings, sketches, actual objects) onto the computer drawing board where they can be further manipulated and refined. In addition, they will use a digital camera and learn how to maximize its unique advantages to produce high quality images to incorporate within their artwork.

Graphic design is more than just combining text and graphics; it is the application of art and communication skills to the needs of the client. It takes skill and knowledge from several disciplines to make a printed piece outstanding. Designers must concern themselves with message and aesthetics in order to realize the purpose of the piece. Students will create professional documents and explore various graphic design applications: logos, posters, CD covers, Tee shirt art, and web design with the creation of a digital portfolio showcasing their work. To learn more about the class or to see student work, please visit our class website.


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van Gogh Inspiration Line painting Project
For this project graphic design students reviewed the work of Vincent van Gogh looking for inspiration for creating a painting of their own. They examined his painting technique and created their own digital paintings in Photoshop.

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