CAD – Game Design

I’m compacting curriculum through the use of instructional videos. Next week we will learn how to create a scrolling background in Scratch. The class will brainstorm ideas besides a starfield. Leaves in the wind? Raindrops scrolling down instead of left/right? Dust? Then scripts will be shared to make the background/stage scroll and adding other game elements like shooting…firing…launching. It’s been awhile since we have designed game on paper first so we will do that again. Students are proficient at paper pencil planning so that stage of the assignment should go quickly.

View the video and other information below. starfield 

GAD 2 – portfolios next week

First and second year student art has been saved as a .jpg image. All images are now in a folder (on students’ desktop).

Now we will use Dreamweaver to arrange all images and add text.

I’m introducing a bit of .html instruction.

Students will also be introduced ways to decorate their Dreamweaver web page. YES, students will leave with a CD that can be uploaded to web sites or submitted to colleges. The portfolio will open just like a web page!

GAD 1, more learning about Fonts

We will start the CrimeStoppers poster Monday/Tuesday. Learn about which fonts are Serif and which are Sans Serif. All type is either category. Serif means feet. This font I’m using is Sans Serif. No little “feet” at the bottom of the font. Print this image out as a study guide for future quiz. Copies available in class Monday/Tuesday.

February 24 – 28th, 2014

GAD 1 – Completed Pen Tool “Art Transforms” assignment. Then we will start learning how to manipulate Text when using Photoshop. The goal is to create a unique work of art using only text.

GAD 2 – Completed Rube Goldberg water sculpture animation due to drop box. Continue independent study and hand in another work of art focused on your study.

Game Design – Completed catch game due. Test on Tuesday. Eleven questions. Study guide provided in class and is posted on previous blog post. Then we’ll learn about the Scratch Pen Tool and various ways to manipulate the scripts.

Great things going on next week

First…apologies. I had severe flu like symptons Feb 3-7. Too many absences. Great subs though! And Ms. Scott (asst. principal) made sure subs were contacted and in place. Instruction also continued since my intranet lessons were in place. I’ll grade everything this weekend. MP3 interim grades will be up to date by February 10.
Instruction February 10-14
GAD 1. Students learned how to use a difficult Photoshop tool. The Pen tool. Making shapes and creating a silhouette should have been completed and handed in this week.
Onto, the Harlem Renaissance. Adapting the Pen Tool to create an original work of art.
GAD 2. We went on a mini field trip today. Out in the courtyard is a drain spout. We researched Rube Goldberg then students submitted sketches for a kinectic sculpture that moves (physics) when it rains. Soon each sketch will be visualized using Vue software and animated. I wonder whose design will be chosen to be made by a CTE class or a Goochland artisan?
Game Design (aka CAD 1) Did your son/daughter mention we started using Scratch to make games and design games? Its a free app. Download to your computer and instruction can continue during absences. Assignment was due Thursday to make/remix a Pong game. It’s like ping pong but computer like.
On Monday we will focus on some text tools and create a fun name animation. But first, we’ll use a new way to give input to each student’s Pong game.