Who is Bachmann?

First name: Kim. kbachmann@glnd.k12.va.us

Married 30 years to Dennis Bachmann.

Born in Chicago, Illinois.

Moved to Denver, Colorado at age 5.

Bachelor degree: Art Education from Colorado State University.

Undergraduate media focus: ceramics and fiber arts.

Moved to Virginia about 25 years ago.

Masters degree: Art Education from VCU.

Certification in Distance Learning Instruction from University of


Created all GHS computer art and game design courses about 12

years ago.

At old high school taught “traditional” art courses.

Total teaching years? 34. Grades 1-6 and 9-12.

Virginia Art Education Association: central region co-president for 2

years and web master for 2 years. Presented numerous workshops at

VAEA conferences and coordinated CRVAEA Piankatank raku workshops.

Week of January 28th, 2013

GAD1 – Learning how to use the 3D tools in Photoshop. Then the study of effective poster design to include typography and the Photoshop Character Palette. Click here for information. Start now by reviewing typography terms and uses here.

GAD2 – Inserting buddha scan into Vue or using it within a Scratch game.

Game Design – Finalize Pong game and submit to drop box Monday/Tuesday. Pico Board scripting also required within this game assignment. Then we’ll learn Physics scripting. Making gears rotate, creating costume for a pendulum and a few other basics to use within  a game.

Snow Day = locate college and after school ARTS & game design opportunities

VCU – rated #1 public university arts & design in the country. here

Virginia Tech – Studio art and visual communication design programs. here

Interested in game design as a career? George Mason University requests the following when you apply.

The portfolio should include 10-15 examples of your work, at least half of which must be from studio art courses.  Examples may include drawing, painting, sculpture, 2 or 3D digital art, prints, animation, models, characters, music, websites (URLs), or game levels.  Applicants may include game design documents, scripts and stories, or game code (Script, C++, JAVA).  The portfolio must be neatly organized and clearly labeled with name and desired major on the outside.  
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November 12-16, 2012

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GAD 1 – Using research to create 4 original postage stamps. Introduction to Photoshop Character Palette.

GAD 2 – A new way to make Terrains.

Game Design – Apply scripts to a Sprite so it moves with keyboard arrow keys. Complete planning an instructional game. Suggestion, healthy eating but other ideas are welcome.

October 15-19, 2012

GAD 1 – Sketches were due late last week for an original surrealism  work of art using Photoshop. Each student is to include 3 of the 4 terms within their one work of art. Levitation, scale change, tranformation. Two visual resources were available to assist students with their two sketches. This week one of those approved sketches will go into production. I’ll continue to stress how to show one object behind another (we learned this on the Green Gremlin practice assignment) and basic composition. Study guides were handed out last week. If you lost your Photoshop Toolbar handout you can print it out from my previous Study Guides and handouts post.

GAD 2 – Three groups were formed. Each group finalized the art web portfolio rubric. Students considered the best font size, font family type, color scheme, and layout using several best practices portfolios provided by instructor. Each student sketched their idea using their groups rubric. MP1 test is on the toolbars within Vue. Study guides were offered. You can still print one out from my previous Handouts and Study Guides post.

CAG ( animation) – Rotoscoping is a slow process but students are speeding up as they become more comfortable with Photoshops tools and the animation palette. On Friday CAG produced a quick group stop motion video. The student director titled it The Great Wreck. Other students were asked to make a plan for next weeks video. I’ll introduce the same process to the Day 1 class. MP1 test for these two classes will be the 1/2 way point of their Rotoscoping video.


Art Fee

All GAD 1 and 2 students are asked to pay the $10.00 art fee. I’ll place a comment on the report card if you are wondering if this fee has been paid.

This fee provides a digital camera for every 2 students and scanners for every 2 students. When you have 130 students using those two pieces of equipment almost daily, equipment needs to be replaced. Teenagers are a bit “rough” with these devices. Rechargeable batteries need to be replaced. With new technology camera 2-4GB storage cards are becoming a must.

Digital Art students have won numerous honorary and monetary awards and notable recognitions in the past. Last year approximately 20 students won state and national awards/recognitions. Three years ago two students had their creations printed in a popular college magazine located in The Netherlands. Approximately $1800.00 was awarded to digital art students at GHS last year. Most of those submissions had to be in printed format. The printers are 10 years old and doing great but ink cartridge costs and quality photo grade paper costs have increased.

Parents, if you would like a collection of your students art I can send that to you on a CD that is playable both on PC or Mac. Your student can save the images in .png format and I’ll supply the CD.