Monday, January 28, 2019

Course Profile - Photoshop Lessons

Weird Science... Probably hasn't aged well... but I am going to try to make the connection anyway...

film GIF

Soooo does anyone else remember movies from their childhood, only to go back to them as adults and be like really, parents? That's what I was watching?

Anyway, like the main characters in Weird Science, my students who use Photoshop can conjure up ideas, and create them using the computer.  So far, no one has been able to recreate Lisa, like the movie, but they are usually highly impressed with their results.

For my outline of my course profile, I am going to give you the run down on what I will be attempting to build.

Course ProfileAudience & Course format and tools:

A ROBOT TEACHER... So I can put my feet up.
Okay, kind of... more like, me as a robot, to aid students through their Photoshop journeys.

I will be using/exploring a new program to me, Adobe Animate.  I am hoping to create the character in that program, and then demonstrating steps and lessons in other Adobe programs.
I believe the easiest way for students to access this will be to post it on YouTube.

Course framework & learning objectives with course content:

My first module will be based around introducing Photoshop to new users.  I currently have a lesson, but I am always tweaking and changing things so that students get the most amount of information in the least amount of time.  This allows more time for them to experiment and create.

As I mentioned, I will be now putting that into a video format, hopefully with a character I have created.

The next thing I'd like to explore is Google Classroom. I use the student Google accounts for saving all of the work, but I've never tried the Classroom aspect.  I think that might be a good way for students to hand in their newly created assignments.

This set of videos will be created for grade 8 students, and my grade 11 & 12 when they are first starting out in the Adobe products.

Where does this fit in the Curriculum?

Demonstrate a working understanding of the elements and principles of design as a means of visual communication.
Indicators for this outcome
Investigate, identify, and compare the elements and principles of design.
Critique an existing composition using the elements and principles of design.
Discuss statements regarding design such as, "The elements and principles of design always have been the same, regardless of the medium"; "Design is about making the correct element and principle choices" , or "The principles of design govern how we use the elements".

Demonstrate a basic understanding of layout as an effective aspect of visual communication.
Indicators for this outcome
Investigate and identify the components of layout for a variety of applications such as brochures, posters, business cards, and web pages.
Critique existing applications of layout from commonly found media using the above components.

Develop a basic knowledge of the tools used to create graphic designs.
Indicators for this outcome
Identify traditional and contemporary tools used in graphic design and their purposes.
Explore historic and contemporary artists and how they use(d) various tools.

Compare a variety of design software including file management capability.
Indicators for this outcome
Assess the available software (e.g., purchased, web-based, open source) and its capability to create a graphic design including features and usability.
Create a graphic design to demonstrate both utility of software and effectiveness of communication.
Justify personal software selection through application of agreed upon criteria.
Effectively utilize file management systems of the selected software.

Course modules:

Photoshop Tutorial #1

So students will download the following file from my website, but this time, they will be accompanied by me and the YouTube video.

My Website

(Unfortunately, you can only access with an RBE account.  I post photos of the students, so I try to keep the circle small. There is a quick peek above.)

From there, they launch Photoshop, and will be guided by YouTube as well as myself to learn some of the Photoshop tools & functions.  The lesson usually runs about an hour, or just over.

As far as a finished product, they will submit their "liquified celebrity" to my newly set up Google Classroom.  It's their favourite part of the tutorial and usually ends up looking something like this:

Illustrator Tutorial #2

The next module will be an introduction to Adobe Illustrator.  They are lead through a tutorial where they design a monster.  This will be done by me and the YouTube video I will create. 
Here, they learn the different between raster and vector images, and the importance of a program like this for graphic designers.

Here is an example of a monster they will create in Adobe Illustrator:

Then, the students choose a backdrop for their monster, and will submit that via Google Classroom.

So that is my plan for now! There may need to be some tweaks made and I am interested to see what people think.  I am also hoping that it fits the project... Alec, please let me know if I am way off base!

I am looking forward to trying the new programs and eventually building assignments like these, in them.

Can't wait to hear from you, EC&I 834!


  1. I am actually so excited to see your character. This will be great in your class as it is hard to find a substitute that can work photoshop! Let me know if you need any help with Google Classroom! It is fun to use.

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  3. Good luck! This does look highly engaging. Looking forward to going through your modules myself and building a monster of my own :)

  4. This looks so engaging. My daughter took AP art in high school and learned some very cool things using technology to alter her photographs. We do a bit of photography in middle years and I would love to see my students try some of this. Do you know if there is a cost to Photoshop? I haven't looked into it at all. My students use Adobe Spark. I will definitely be looking into Adobe Illustrator. Thanks for your post!

  5. I think google classroom will be a good fit for the online section of this, have you tried any other online platforms?

  6. This is great! I like how you are using the digital tools and including Google Classroom as a platform. Doing assignments for graphic arts online can help spark creativity in a lot of students. I wish in elementary school we had access a program like Photoshop!