Graphic Art 2

Graphic Art 2
Natomas High 
Aaron Knight


Graphic Art 2 – This is a survey course that builds upon the skills developed in Graphic Art 1. All Graphic Art students will be focusing on building a design sketchbook. Graphic Art 2 students will focus on research, in-depth idea creation/revision, sophisticated use of the elements and principles of design, etc. Upon returning to a traditional classroom setting students will focus on the use of electronic media (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.) Students in Graphic Art 2 will be expected to show competency using Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Photoshop. Students with access to online resources and apps will be encouraged to use the technology. Students that have hurdles to accessing technology will not be penalized. The teacher and the student will work together to find the best solution to achieve a result that satisfies the assignment.

Our class will use to conduct class meetings. During class students will be given instruction, demo and materials. Our class will use breakout rooms in Zoom for students to work on assignments independently and in small groups. 

My goal is to provide students with challenging assignments at an intermediate skill level. This course is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for the visual arts. A full year of the Graphic Art 2 course will satisfy your 10 credits toward your elective units, or technology units, or Visual and Performing Art (VAPA) units. 5 credits for Fall / 5 credits for Spring.

Students that are enrolled in Graphic Art 2 are required to show effort to engage in applying the skills, techniques, and knowledge provided in this course. Students will have many opportunities to demonstrate understanding via their art projects, learning activities, critiques, writing assignments, and one-on-one discussions with the teacher. Each student will develop real-world skills to solve design problems common to the graphic design industry. Each student will be mentored in developing a portfolio of work that could be presented as proof of competency in a job interview.

Graphic Art 2 students will be expected to self-assess, develop ideas beyond their first solution and work in a “series” (3 or more pieces dealing with the same idea) for each project.

There are no fees for this course. Natomas Unified School District will supply all necessary materials for students to earn a grade. Students must be respectful of our classroom equipment (Chromebooks). Supplies for this class are open to what you have available. A supply list is provided only for students that choose to purchase for themself. 

Grades – Student performance is evaluated based on effort, following directions, completing projects on time, originality, creativity, craftsmanship, attendance and attitude. Final grades will reflect growth or lack of growth in these areas.

Art Supplies for Digital Art 2

2020 – 2021 

Natomas High School

As we begin the 2020 school year from a distance you will need to find, borough, or purchase a few basic supplies. Your grade is not dependent on these supplies. If you are unable to obtain these supplies you will need to complete your assignments as best as you are able, with whatever supplies and materials you do have available. Having basic supplies will make your projects more meaningful, and the instructions will also make more sense.

Once we all get back into a classroom setting I will be able to supply our classroom with materials. Until then…

           Materials and supplies                                         Alternatives

9” x 12”
You could also use blank 8.5” x 11” printer paper
and 3-ring binder.
The binder should NOT be used for other classes, or else your work
will be very wrinkled.
Drawing pencils – HB, 2B and 6BYellow #2 pencils will also work.
Pencil sharpenerrazorblade
12” RulerThe straight edge of a bookbinding would also work.
A box of colored pencilsCrayons
Black sharpie
marker – Fine point and ultra-fine point.
Ballpoint pen
Tracing paper

California Common Core State Standards for Visual and Performing Art – Proficient Nine Through Twelve-Proficient – Content Standards (CA Dept of Education)

Advanced Nine Through Twelve-Advanced – Content Standards (CA Dept of Education)

English Language Arts Standards

English Language Arts Standards K-12

Media Art State Standards