Graphic Art 1

Graphic Art 1 – 
Distance Learning Version
Natomas High 
Aaron Knight
aknight@natomasunified.org
www.mrknightart.com

Syllabus

Graphic Art 1 – This is a survey course that will focus on basic design concepts, elements, and principles of design and an exploration of the creative process. Students working via distance learning will be building a sketchbook of learning activities that will directly apply to the use of digital media. Upon returning to a traditional school model, students will use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create their projects. Online resources and apps will be utilized when possible. The school district has invested a lot of time and money to support students during distance learning. Students will not be penalized if there are hurdles to access.

Our class will use Zoom.com 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 challenging assignments for students of any skill level. There are no prerequisites for this course and all skill levels will be welcome. This course is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for the visual arts. A full year of the Graphic Art 1 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 1 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, virtual critiques, writing assignments and class discussions.

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 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 1

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” sketchbook
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.
Eraser
A box of colored pencilsCrayons
Black sharpie marker – Fine point and ultra-fine point.Ballpoint pen
Scissors
Gluesticktape
Tracing paper

Art Supplies for Digital Art 1

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” sketchbook
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.
Eraser
A box of colored pencilsCrayons
Black sharpie marker – Fine point and ultra-fine point.Ballpoint pen
Scissors
Gluesticktape
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