Monthly Archives: September 2019

Photoshop Project


  • Contrast – difference between color, value, size
  • Desaturate – make colors more muted (more black or white added)
  • Displacement mapping – gives the surface a sense of depth and detail
  • Filter – individual algorithms that alter the appearance of an image
  • Gradient – specifies a range of position-dependent colors, usually used to fill a shape

Graffiti Project

  • Download this brick wall image to use (source: Pixels)
  • Do not download a font. Find one you can use in Photoshop. Be sure it has a bold option.
  • Pick ONE word to turn into graffiti. Size it as large as possible on the wall.
  • After first day, be sure to save your work and screenshot. Add the screenshot to your Padlet.

Nov 12 & 13 – Stay focused & productive!

  • Wrap-up Graffiti Project. Export & upload impact to your padlet. Reflect on what you enjoyed about this project and what you found challenging (Tuesday)
  • Double-check your reflections to see if they are thorough & meaningful. Update/add as needed (Tuesday)
  • Complete self-evaluation and goal statements (Tuesday)
  • Review self-evaluation and goal statement with Ms. Wilkens (Wednesday)
  • Create your buttons (Wednesday)
  • Do a challenge (Tuesday & Wednesday)
    • Do another graffiti project, but use an image instead of or in addition to text.
    • Create a custom brush with Processing and create a work of art.
    • Create a logo using shapes in Illustrator.
    • Take a selfie and try out the different filters in Photoshop.
    • Create a funny, but appropriate image, using layers and transparency in Photoshop.

Nov 14 – bonus day (8th grade only)

Nov 18 – New Art Groups – meet in 7/8 Commons

Illustrator Project


  • DPI – dots per inch
  • Font – typeface, size and weight of text
  • Path – a line or curve with anchor points
  • PPI – pixels per inch
  • Serif vs. Sans Serif
  • Typography


  • Experiment with text on a path
  • Create a shape -> Shape Tool
  • Create a curve -> Pen Tool
  • Draw a path -> right-click on Shaper Tool and select Pencil Tool
  • Experiment with Text on each of these objects
  • Right-click on Text and select Text on a Path
  • Select a point on the path of shape, curve or drawing.
  • Move text around and try out different fonts, sizes, colors.
  • NOTE: Need an inspirational quote for your text? Check here.

Take a screenshot of your experiment. On your Padlet share file and reflect: What did you learn? What is your plan for your button?

Create Unity Day Buttons

  • Create a circle and try out gradients.
  • You will create buttons with text on a path inside circle. No uploading images! You can create an image in Piskel or Photoshop.
  • Button 1: Imagine, Discover, Create
  • Button 2: Find a quote to use:
  • Button 3: Your own quote (appropriate & not too silly)
  • For each button you create, be sure to export separately as a .PNG
  • Upload each to your Padlet and reflect: What did enjoy about this activity? What did you find challenging?
  • Finished early? Create something in Piskel, Photoshop or Illustrator OR explore Processing.