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Thursday/Friday May 17-18


Objective:

Students will integrate the threshold adjustments and custom shape tools in Photoshop to create a set of 5 vectorized stencils that they will publish online via WordPress (5), and/or print and transfer into a spray-paintable stencil (1).

Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice
  2. Vandalism or Art?
    1. Slideshow
    2. Form
  3. Refresher and Status Update
    1. Final Projects: An Image containing your 5 Digital Stencils Posted to WordPress with a caption explaining each of the stencils (5 sentences minimum, at least one per stencil).  One Physical Stencil made using a manila folder
    2. Reflection: What is your current status on the project?
  4. Work Time:
  5. Information about Printing and Cutting
    1. Upload your completed stencil here for printing.
      1. http://locke1stencils.tumblr.com/submit
    2. Cutting
    3. How we treat the materials.
    4. If you see any damage to your computer area please log it here  right away!.  (Even if it is OLD)
    5. You will be given time over the next two weeks to cut them out (we only have access to two sets of blades) and we will spray on May 30-31st)
  6. Useful Links
    1. How to make stencils             Upload here for Printing         Inspiration for Stencil Ideas
  7. Summative Post to WordPress.
    1. An Image containing your 5 Digital Stencils Posted to WordPress with a caption explaining each of the stencils (5 sentences minimum, at least one per stencil).  Also, include a photo of your physical stencil.
  8. Down Time?
    1. Help out other students/Mr. Levin with printing and making stencils
    2. Check PowerSchool and make up missing assignments for Mr. Levin or other classes,.
    3.  Get started on our final portfolio.  (We will be finishing the stencil unit as we start on this
      1. Seniors – It is Due by May 31
      2. Everyone Else – It is due on our last day of class.

Wednesday May 16th, 2012


Objective:  Students will identify Islands and Bridges as they prepare to make stencils for print.

Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice
  2. The Problem: Islands, The Solution: Bridges
    1. http://stencilry.org/main/index.php/islands-and-bridges/
  3. Click on the image above and then drag the Full Size Version into PhotoShop.
    1. Which colored images will have issues due to islands?  Use the eraser tool to build bridges.
  4. Work Time:
    1. Create a new file in photoshop
      1. 6in by 8in 300 pixles/inch.
    2. Use the custom shape tool to stamp one of your stencils to be printed
    3. Take the stencil that sends the strongest message and check it for islands.  Build Bridges if necessary. (You may use a combination of stencils, but your entire work must fit on the 6x8page)
    4. Upload your final image as a JPEG to: http://locke1stencils.tumblr.com/submit
      1. Include a 1 sentence explanation of your design AND your name in the Caption box.

May 14th-15th


Objective:  Students will analyze three different ways that street art can be used to send a message and create 4 digital stencils that convey a significant meaning.

Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice
  2. Yearbook Click Here
  3. Street Art and its Message
    1. Presentation
    2. Complete This Form
  4. Today’s Task – Design 4 stencils – Try to use multiple images and/or text in the creation of your stencils.
    • One using juxtaposition of at least two objects
    • One that uses symbols to represent things (metaphors) or uses humor/sarcasm to create irony.  You may use personal heroes as well, if you can tell me what the represent to you.
    • 2 that send messages that you care about. (Use your favorite things, or most hated ideas for motivation)
  5. Post all 5 (including the one from last class)
    1. Create a New Photoshop File (Preset: US Paper)
    2. Modify the background to be a brick wall
      1. Sample image search
      2. Use the custom shape tool to post all of your stencils onto the wall.
      3. Save the image as a JPEG and post it to WordPress.
  6. Caption: at least 1 sentence caption about each of the images (what do they mean to you, which is which, etc.) [5 sentence caption total]

Objective – Students will interpret a tutorial to create a stencil image using photoshop by adjusting thresholds and creating custom shapes.

Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice – Your Choice: TypingWeb, NitroType or MavisBeacon
    1. Or Type you Essays/PowerPoint presenations for other classes.
  2. Yearbook – Remind your friends to buy by Friday before the Price goes up!  (Posters)
  3. New Blog Post – 5 minute Write: “Graffiti”
    1. What is Graffiti? Where do you encounter it? Who creates graffiti?  Is it art? Is it a crime?  How does it impact the community?
  4. Illegal Graffiti – Costs
    1. Here is an example that cost $3,000 to clean up.
    2. Quick Survey
      1. Results
  5. Next Unit: Street Art and Stencils.  5 Class Periods.
    1. The goal is that we will create our own mural on a CANVAS as a collective piece of art.
  6. New Material:  Threshold, Custom Shapes
  7. Project #39 – Part 1:  Create a stencil in Photoshop.  (Part of 5 total we will be making for this collection)
    1. Bring this photo into Photoshop (or any photo that you choose)  {New File: Preset – Default Photoshop Size]
    2. Follow the tutorial at this site to create a stencil.
      1. http://stencilry.org/main/index.php/how-to-make-stencils-in-adobe-photoshop/
  1. Post your Using the instructions below

Title: Issues and Inspirations

Image: Your Stencil

Caption: Answer the Following Questions

  • What do you feel strongly about? What things do you love? What things do you hate? What things would you like to change? Are they world issues? National issues? Local issues? Personal?
  • Pick one of the topics above. Brainstorm rough ideas for possible stencils. Make notes to remind yourself and save time in sketching. Attach an image if necessary (you could copy and paste potential images from google).
  • Pick a second of the topics above. Brainstorm and/or sketch rough ideas for possible stencils. Make notes to remind yourself and save time in sketching. Attach another sheet if necessary.

Finished Early: Create your own Mother’s Day Card, or an e-mail to send a teacher honor of teacher appreciation week.

  • Idea: Use tagxedo to make a word collage for a teacher or for mother’s day.


Objective: Students will apply the multiply layer effect to create a series of three images in the style of The Matrix and post them to WordPress as a SlideShow.

Schedule:

1st.          9:40-10:22
Snack      10:22-10:32
2nd          10:37-11:19
Advisory.  11:20-12:35
Lunch.     12:35-1:07
Advisory.  1:12-2:12
6th.          2:18-3:00

Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice at NitroType.com (Typing tests for periods 2, 3, 4)
  2. Typing Test.
    1. Title: May Typing Test Reflection
      1. To what degree did your score improve since April?
      2. How did nitrotype help you improve?
      3. What additional support do you need with typing?
      4. If you could choose any typing activity for the remainder of the year, what would you select in order to reach or exceed 40 words per minute?
  3. Finish Project #37 – Enter the Matrix
    1. You will need this file
    2. Instructions:
      1. Use Ctrl+I to inverse the colors of the background and numbers layer.
      2. Use Ctrl+U to colorize the layer to the color you want.
      3. Show the photo layer.  Notice, the example uses a picture with strong light and shade.  Also, the background is solid black.
      4. Use Filter –> Pixelate –>Mosaic.  A cell size of 12 will make the mosaic pixel squares match perfectly with the number grid provided.
      5. Optional: Image–> Adjustments –> Posterize (4) to reduce the number of grey shades.
      6. To turn on the numbers: change the layer mode from Normal to Multiply.
    3. Task:
      1. In addition to the example we created together, use google images (or your own photos) to alter 3 images.  1 person, 1 object, and 1 place.  (Post the 3 to WordPress as a slideshow)
    4. Caption:
      1. Create a short fictional story that connects your person, object and place to each other.  (2 paragraph minimum, it could be a dialogue, event, or something based on true events.)

Monday/Tuesday May 7-8, 2012


Objective: Students will apply the multiply layer effect to create a series of three images in the style of The Matrix and post them to WordPress as a SlideShow.

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Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice at NitroType.com (Typing tests for periods 2, 3, 4)
  2. Yearbook Click Here
    1. Title: May Typing Test Reflection
      1. To what degree did your score improve since April?
      2. How did nitrotype help you impove?
      3. What additional support do you need with typing?
      4. If you could choose any typing actvity for the remainder of the year, what would you select in order to reach or exceed 40 words per minute?
  3. Project #37 – Enter the Matrix
    1. You will need this file
    2. Instructions:
      1. Use Ctrl+I to inverse the colors of the background and numbers layer.
      2. Use Ctrl+U to colorize the layer to the color you want.
      3. Show the photo layer.  Notice, the example uses a picture with strong light and shade.  Also, the background is solid black.
      4. Use Filter –> Pixelate –>Mosaic.  A cell size of 12 will make the mosaic pixel squares match perfectly with the number grid provided.
      5. Optional: Image–> Adjustments –> Posterize (4) to reduce the number of grey shades.
      6. To turn on the numbers: change the layer mode from Normal to Multiply.
    3. Task:
      1. In addition to the example we created together, use google images (or your own photos) to alter 3 images.  1 person, 1 object, and 1 place.  (Post the 3 to WordPress as a slideshow)
    4. Caption:
      1. Create a short fictional story that connects your person, object and place to each other.  (2 paragraph minimum, it could be a dialogue, event, or something based on true events.)

Objective:  Students will finish their ASCii Art in Microsoft Word and link  it as a .doc in a post to their WordPress.

Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice at www.nitrotype.com
  2. Grade Checks – Power School
    1. New Blog Post:  Title: Progress Update
      1. What are you missing in Mr. Levin’s Class?
      2. What do you still need to work on? (You should have some time at the end of class today)
      3. How are you doing in your other classes?
      4. What help do you need from Mr. Levin?
      5. What help do you need from your other teachers?
      6. What do you need to do yourself?
  3. Review: ASCII Art
    1. More Examples
  4. Work Time Project #37 – ASCii Art
  5. Detailed Instructions available at: ASCII Art
    1. Try to make your own ASCii art in Word.
    2. Set Image Layout (Wrap) to “Behind Text”
    3. Bring in an image.  (Set Contrast to 80%)
    4. Put in a large text box, set Font to Courier New Size 10.
    5. Now type over the image, line byline. Try to catch the picture with the letters.
      1. For the background simply use spaces.
      2.  For lightly colored areas use letters like ! or l.
      3. For normally colored areas use letters like C, E or F
      4. For dark colored use Ms and Ws.
      5. For the edges you can use (, ), V, A, Y, d, b and so on.
    6. Delete the original picture
      1. Save the text as a .doc  Try to copy and paste into WordPress, but it may not work…So you can upload the file to WordPress and it will link in your post.

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012


Objective:  Students will finish their patterns in Photoshop then create their own ASCii art in a text editing program.

Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice at NitroType.com
  2. Yearbook Click Here
  3. Intro to ASCII Art
    1. Try to make your own ASCii art in Powerpoint
    2. Bring in an image.  (Set Contrast to 80%)
    3. Put in a large text box, set Font to Courier New Size 10.
    4. Now type over the image, line byline. Try to catch the picture with the letters.
      1. For the background simply use spaces.
      2.  For lightly colored areas use letters like ! or l.
      3. For normally colored areas use letters like C, E or F
      4. For dark colored use Ms and Ws.
      5. For the edges you can use (, ), V, A, Y, d, b and so on.
    5. Delete the original picture
      1. Save the text as a jpeg.  Try to copy and paste into WordPress, but it may not work…

April 31/May 1, 2012


Objective: Students will use pattern layers and the sphereize filtures to create optical art in photoshop.

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Agenda:

  1. Typing Practice at www.nitrotype.com
  2. Yearbook – Click Here
  3. Op Art – Slideshow Above
  4. Project #35 – Bridget Riley – Metamorphosis


      1. You will need this file.
        1. If that doesn’t work, click here
    1. Select the 2 dots with the Rectangular Marquee tool and choose Edit –> Define Pattern
    2. Create a New Layer, Fill with White using the Paint Bucket
    3. Go to Layer–> Style–> Pattern Overlay
    4. To make the Pattern layer editable, Create a merged copy by pressing CTRL+Alt+Shift+E
    5. Duplicate this layer, and hide the original (We will need it later)
    6. Filter –> Distort–>Spherize  [Horizontal Only]
    7. Use Ctrl+T and scale from the sides to make the dots in the center appear circular.
    8. Select half of the layer, Right Click and click Layer via Cut.
    9. Show the original layer and use the Move Tool to rearrange the layers so that they all line up.
    10. Fade the corners by using a large eraser with the hardness set to 0.
  5. Now, use the same process to try to create a piece similar to Movement in Squares.  Post both to WordPress with an explanation of what Op Art is. [Title: Op Art in the Style of Bridget Riley]

Examples and information adapted from: http://www.op-art.co.uk


Objective: Students will apply different functions of the liquify tool in order to create multiple surreal images that they can post to wordpress.

Agenda

  1. Typing Practice at NitroType.com
  2. Finish Project 34
    1. Post as a Gallery to a New Post in WordPress: Title: Liquify Gallery
  3. Project #35: Melting the Camera – Adapted from http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/photo-effects-tutorials/how-to-make-a-melting-camera-scene/
    1. You will need this file (Save and then Open)
    2. Duplicate the Camera Layer
    3. Transform (CTRL + T) the Duplicate layer as shown in the diagram.
    4. Use the Liquify –  Forward Warp tool (Shift+Ctrl+X) to “melt” the bottom camera.
    5. Click the image for a bigger diagram:
    6. Use the Eraser (Hardness = 0) to clean the edges.
    7. Merge the 2 camera layers into 1 by right clicking on the layers.
    8. Then Re-Liquify to make the two layers appear one.
    9. Duplicate the Merged layers then Flip one Vertically to form the reflection.
    10. Set the Opacity of the flipped camera to 70%
    11. Go to Filters –> Render –> Lens Flare to create a flash in the camera.
    12. Show the Tile Background then set the Opacity to 45%
    13. Feel free to add in your own ideas.
  4. 35.B – Finished with everything?  Liquify a picture of your choice, try to use the different liquify styles.