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.

March 24-28, 2014

Students/Staff cannot use the www this week since SOL testing has begun. We are saving bandwith as well as sending positive thoughts to all bulldogs taking tests this week.

So, no links in this blog :-(

Not to worry…all Bachmann intranet links have been changed until SOL testing is done this week.

Great weather means GAD 1 goes into the courtyard to learn how to use digital cameras in the GHS courtyard. Natural lighting is best for taking selfies. Then you will use Photoshop to create many layers using textures from the F176 shared folder, include the layer palettes options: opacity and blending modes.

GAD 2 – Lets talk still life. Your cupcakes from last week are still lifes. Let’s build a still life using 3D Vue first. Cezanne is a great still life artist but let’s also look at Flack and Fish for inspiration.

CAD (game design) – The Pen tool script. So much, so many, so different scripts. How will you reinvent and wow the Scratch community?

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.

October 15-18, 2013

Hope you have a great day off on Monday!

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GAD 1 – “Food Face” projects will be graded next week.

We are learning how to use Photoshop‘s Layer Masking options and how to arrange Layers so objects appear behind other objects. Artists call it background, middleground, and foreground. A creative project will be assigned this week using all newly learned Eraser Tools as well as Layer Masking.

GAD 2 – Thank you GHS math teacher, Mr. Barry Smith! Mr. Smith assisted this class with belonging to the GHS GAD 2 Edmodo group. Homework will be instructed through Edmodo. There’s an app for iPhone and Android devices. Students were asked to also download the app during Mr. Smith’s instruction. Congrats! All students successfully added text and an image to the Edmodo homework assignment ;-)

This week the class homework Edmodo assignment is to place a micro landscape image into their account. Then we’ll look at etiquette and proper responding to online discussions and commenting during class. The Vue in class assignment has to do with spotlights.

CADalso known as Animation/Game Design. We finished up learning about Manga and Anime. The class enjoyed the Anime movie Princess Mononoke. This week we start game design. We don’t just play games. Students create game actors, plan games, learn about gameplay, and collaborate during the learning process. Just like professional game designers. For a few weeks we’ll use the Stagecast Creator app. Eventually we’ll migrate ideas to Scratch (free), Stencyl (free) and GameSalad (free).

September 23-27

GAD 1 – Students know how to erase backgrounds, add multiple images to create a single image, layers palette importance, save names, and how to put images into drop box for evaluation. You’ve learned the most important Photoshop tools and palettes. We’ll add a few more this week and next. Then we’ll move onto a project I call Food Face. A few years ago a Dutch College University picked up on images posted on this blog and published one GHS art students Food Face image on the cover of their magazine! Using images of their favorite foods students will create a self portrait in the style of G. Arcimboldo. I’ll relate this artists works of art and life to what students study in history classes.

GAD 2 – Let’s look together at what this wonderful group of second year computer art students have been creating so far this year. How might you start a portfolio of your efforts? Green Valley tutorial due by the end of the week.

Animation/Game Design – It’s all about the people who created famous animated characters. My favorites are from the Jetsons. What’s yours?

Week 4 – September 9-13, 2013

GAD 1 – Review of Photoshop tools practiced. Learning proper save names and how to place expressive line assignment into drop box. The many ways to delete and erase in Photoshop.

GAD 2 – Review Render Options and making a template for future use. New, populating terrains with ecosystem brush tool.

Animation (CAG) – Exporting stop motion framebyframe assignment from last week. Proper save name and drop box instructions. Exploring famous cat animation characters.

Week Three, September 3-6, 2013

Please pay your $10.00 art fee for GAD 1 and GAD 2. Students need headphones or ear buds everyday! Follow me on twitter. @KimBachmann

GAD 1 – Students filled in all the names of Adobe Photoshop tools. A very important document that students should have with them during every class. Here’s a completed copy. This week we’ll explore the Brush Tool and how to alter the brush using the Brush palette. There are many other palettes in Photoshop. We’ll also explore how to alter images using the Image>Adjustments pull down menu.

GAD 2 – Students learned how to adjust clouds using atmosphere editor, how to add cloud props from the F176 shared library and how to make and adjust their own clouds. This week we’ll explore the two types of terrains available within Vue Infinite. The assignment? To create a rolling hill scene, similar to a golf course, using at least 4 terrain props. Another challenge is to adjust the horizon line. So, we’ll learn that Vue’s camera can be adjusted.

CAG – We’ve been covering ancient animation devices and some of the animation principles. Each day students make a study card. This weeks study starts with the Zoetrope and the principle called Anticipation.

• the preparation for the action • the action itself • the results of the movement

We also watch cartoons to observe assigned principles. This week Yogi Bear is the focus.


Week Two, August 26-30, 2013

Parents, students need to log into PowerSchool the first 15 minutes of each class. Please help him/her to locate their username and password.

**All students need ear buds everyday.

*$10.00 art fee for GAD 1 and GAD 2.

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CAG (Animation/Game Design Class) – We created animations using the web site This week we will explore the ancient animation device called a Thaumatrope. Students will use the animation web site to make an electronic Thaumatrope. We will also learn how Persistence of Vision enabled the film industry. Goals will be discussed as well as thinking creatively instead of copying a Thaumatrope idea off the internet. Here’s an extra credit option. Another extra credit option here.

GAD 1 – We completed a Comic Life page about individual student interests. They will be posted in the hall. This week we’ll find out what we have in common by studying Italian Renaissance art. Students will choose 5 paintings by five different artists. A Comic Life page will be made to show those 5 paintings. Each painting will need the artists name, date of completion, size, and where the painting is located now. A sixth Comic Life frame/panel will include which painting the student would consider buying and why. I’m “giving” each student 2 billion dollars for their purchase ;-)

GAD 2 – Last week students viewed two videos about Vue Infinite‘s interface. We also practiced moving simple shapes in the 3 dimensions. Students successfully applied colored textures to the shapes. This week we will access Vue’s Atmosphere Editor. In what ways does an objects texture change when the atmosphere is changed? Why? How does this relate to the real world?