I’ll post specifics soon. Here’s some information if you are just curious about what each class is about.

Graphic Art Design 1 – We use Adobe Photoshop CS5 to create original works of art. Most units begin with a few tutorials then creating an original work of art using skills instructed. Adapting cultural styles and art history to digital art is a year goal. You will be supplied the use of scanners, digital cameras to import photos for digital manipulation. We’ll explore how to import your smart phone and ipad images. A few tests, midterm, and final exam. First: importing images, using all eraser tools, and the power of blend modes.

Graphic Art Design 2 – We use Adobe Illustrator to create works of art as well as business type documents. You will need a sketchbook. This class will collaborate with the drama department to produce playbills, cast head shots, and programs. A few tests, midterm, and final exam. First: Sketching, cutting construction paper shapes and making Illustrator shapes that make image like characters. Let’s make a Minion ;-)

Computer Art DesignIt’s a game design and animation class. Make a 1868 flip book and watch/study animated cartoon famous characters. Did you know that Gertie is the oldest animated dinosaur? Game design apps include StageCast Creator, Scratch, Stencyl, and Gamesalad. Think about ideas for platform games, catcher, and a way to reinvent pong. A few tests, midterm, and final exam. First: Importing an actor/character into all 4 game apps we use. Then making the actor/character move left, right, up, down.

GAD 2 summer assignment

 Mr. Burch has selected Alice In Wonderland for the fall play. I can’t wait to see all of the characters on the GHS stage!

So, second year digital art students will use Lewis Carroll’s  wonderful tale to generate several assignments, a collaboration, and weekly chapter discussions of the book.

  • Did you know Lewis Carroll is a pseudonym? His real name? Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
  • Original title of book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

1. This summer download the free book to your electronic device.

If you aren’t able to download, or don’t own a copy of the book let me know. I’ll have copies for purchase. $3.00

2. Sketch some of the characters. Wouldn’t it be fun to draw all the characters in Manga style? Pop Art style? Grunge style?

  1. Think about it and write me by adding a comment about the two questions below:

Alice is well known even among people who have not read the books. There have been many movies and many TV shows with Alice parodies or references. Some examples of well-known ideas from the books include “going down the rabbit hole,” a white rabbit with a watch, the Cheshire Cat who can disappear bit by bit until only his smile is left, the riddle “why is a raven like a writing desk,” “curiouser and curiouser,” the eating of the mushroom and other items to alter one’s size, the Walrus and the Carpenter (, and the cry, “Off with their heads!” Why is Alice such a popular cultural icon?


Final Exams – electives

Seniors. Your early exams occur during class on Monday and Tuesday this week.

GAD 1 – One day Photoshop tutorial assignments continue. Each assignment is designed to function as a review for their final exam. Final exam will consist of 30+  A,B,C questions and also a production exam. Students will be given a set of images and the final image. They will need to put together the image using the set of images.

GAD 2 – Final exam is production. We will also continue adding onto their Dreamweaver electronic art portfolio. Since portfolios include both their first and second year electronic art they will be asked to write about their progress through the two years of study.

Game Design – Creative/Original Frogger production continues this week. Final exam consists of 50+ scantron type questions as well as a production using Scratch app. You’ll be given the game jump start for the final exam production.

May 5-9, 2014

GAD 1 – Learning to use Photoshop’s 3d tools. Let’s make an abstract work of art. Explore a few professional artists who use shapes.

GAD 2 – Creating a dream room using Vue Infinite. Detail will be important.

Game Design – Plans for the physics game were due last week. All students should be into production.

April 28 – March 2, 2014

GAD 1 – Using Photoshop to create an anaglyph. Glasses provided. Then onto learning how to capture perfect upclose photos and applying Pixel Bender filter. They’ll look like oil paintings! Also introducing the shape tool and how to load new shapes.

GAD 2 – Finalize city scape. Then changing the camera angle. Don’t forget to keep updating your Dreamweaver Art Portfolio.

Game Design – Finalize the animated game. Then use some physics concepts that apply those Scratch animation scripts. Pendulums and gears are two of the sprites we will start with first. Then we’ll add something like this:

April 21-25, 2014

GAD 1 – Reinforcing rule of thirds cropping of digital camera images and visualizing a song. Let’s make a CD cover.

GAD 2 – Finalize reflection within independent study artist project started before spring break.Then we’ll look at reflections within the school building as well as city reflection paintings by Charles Sheeler and Richard Estes.  


Game Design class – Assignment: Learn to animate within Scratch using provided .gif file. Then apply a few new scripts. We will then move into how to script simple physics concepts.

After Spring Break, April 21-25

GAD 1 – 21 Eyes were due Friday before spring break. This week. Visualize song. Your goal is  to create a visual for a new CD. We’ll be using Paulo Nuttini’s New Shoes.

***Is the song REALLY about shoes?

GAD 2 – Reflection, independent study idea, and researched reflection artist. Put it all together for a final work of art.

Game Design – We learned that making a Maze game using Scratch isn’t as easy as making it in Stagecast Creator. Let’s move on. This week. Review of basic Scratch scripts. Adapting previously learned scripts to recreate physics, changing appearances so sprite has animated actions,  and adding a few new ideas for villain sprite scripts.

Selfies, Instagram, Pixel Bender, and Recent Acquisitions

GAD 1 used digital cameras to snap a few selfies. Then we discussed the filters popular within Instagram. Students then loaded a few instagram filters into photoshop. Adding images from the classroom’s copyright free folder were included as well as many previously learned Photoshop techniques.

GAD 2 explored a new filter called Pixel Bender. The goal was to include Pixel Bender and other Photoshop techniques to create an oil painting finish.