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T3 Reflections

Daily Reflections

May 13 Reflection: Big Idea, Big Why 
What is the big idea or question you started with for your project?
How is that idea or question reflected in your artwork? 

May 14 Reflection: Time & Learning
Describe the process of your work on this project.
What new technical art skills did you have to learn?
Did you use your classroom time wisely? Why or why not? 

May 16 Reflection: Challenges
Describe a challenge you faced during this project and how you overcame it?
Describe a risk you took?

May 17 Reflection: Final Project
Describe what makes your artwork thought provoking? 
Describe how your artwork is original and expresses your point of view?

Illustrator Challenges

Days 3 & 4: Fill a Shape with Text

Skills you need to learn/practice:



  • Layer one – shape
  • Layer two – text (below)
  • Highlight and select both
  • Select Object > Envelope Distort -> Make with Top Object
  • Select Edit envelope
  • Use Direct Selection tool
  • Find an anchor and start pulling


  • Create text
  • Adjust font as desired
  • Use Selection tool
  • Right-click -> Create Outlines
  • Select Object -> Envelope Distort -> Make mesh -> 3X3
  • Move into place with Selection tool
  • Adjust with Direct Selection tool

Days 1 & 2: Spirograph Challenge

Photoshop Challenges

Day 1:

Days 2-6

Logo Challenges

Days 5 & 6:

Days 2, 3 & 4:

  • How to create a logo: part 1
  • Pick a food and find an image that you can deconstruct.
  • Open Illustrator and select Print for profile. Also make sure orientation is landscape.
  • Select File – > Place to add your food image.
  • Lock this layer in place by selecting Window -> Layers -> click to lock layer.
  • Then click Create New Layer button.
  • Go on to How to create a logo: part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6
  • At the end of each day, be sure to take a screenshot of your work so far and reflect on your padlet.
  • Also be sure to save your work in Illustrator under your folder on your computer.

Day 1:

  • Beginning Graphic Design: Color
  • Color Calculator – pick a color scheme
  • Go to Illustrator and make different shapes to represent each color in your color scheme. Fill with color.
  • Experiment with arranging shapes, raising and lowering, moving around the screen, making shapes with sharp edges and with rounded.
  • Experiment with adding text.
  • Think about principles of graphic design as you are laying out shapes, colors & text:
    • Proximity
    • White space
    • Alignment
    • Contract
    • Repetition
  • Export your design and upload to your padlet and reflect.

Unity Day Project

Create Unity Day themed images for buttons.

  • If you are using Piskel and you want to add text, it will be easier to add text using another image editor. So, first export image (600×600) from piskel. If you are on a Mac, you can open image in Preview, then select Tools -> Annotate -> Text. You can then add text, move, change size, font & color.

Upload your designs on this padlet.

Self-Assessment: Get paper copy of self-assessment from Ms. Wilkens and complete! You will go to Ms. Koscielny next Visual Arts day.