Graphic Arts
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Graphic Arts Curriculum Map

Description Sequence Standards Vocabulary

Instructor: Harrell
Office: Room 701
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 3-4 PM
Phone: 735-3501


Course Description:
In this course, you will learn about the basic elements of design, and how those elements affect
perception, with an emphasis on how design affects people in a commercial environment. In step
by step lessons, you will learn the most important topics of Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe
Illustrator CS3, and Adobe Photoshop CS3. You will first learn how to get started with InDesign,
including how to work with text and set up a document, how to work with frames, and how to
work with colors. Then, you will learn how to get started with Illustrator, including how to create
text and gradients, draw and compose an illustration, transform and distort objects, and how to
work with layers. Finally, you will learn how to get started with Photoshop, including how to
work with layers, make selections, incorporate color techniques, and place type in an image.
Numerous outside projects will accompany the projects provided in the text. You will be
expected to store all projects and project descriptions for incorporation into your electronic
course portfolio.

Text: Chris Botello, Elizabeth Reading The Design Collection Revealed, Course Technology,
Project files: Instructor will provide instructions for obtaining the Project files.
Software: Microsoft Office XP, Internet Explorer 7, Adobe InDesign CS3, Adobe Illustrator
CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3, and Windows XP will be used.
Handouts: Additional handouts may be required. Instructor will provide information on obtaining
this material.

Course Sequence

Material Covered
Essential Assignments

General knowledge and introduction

Graphic Design in Everyday Life- The
Design of Everyday Things

Principals of Design

Evaluating Design

• Hardware and software overview
• Set up iGoogle pages- docs, reader,
calendar, to-do list
• Locate and subscribe to RSS feeds
pertinent to Graphic Arts (art sites,
tutorial sites, commercial business
• Digital photo manipulation using MS
Paint and Irfan Viewer
• Graphics file types
• Resolution and file size
• Print vs. web graphics
• File storage
• Online storage and graphics sharing

Re-sizing, color swapping and effects

Personal Ad

Principles of Design

File types

Exploring the InDesign Workspace • Explore the InDesign Workspace
• Change Document Views
• Navigate Through a Document
• Use InDesign Help
Design and Group Projects
Working with Text • Format Text
• Format Paragraphs
• Create and Apply Styles
• Edit Text

Design and Group Projects


Setting Up a Document • Create a New Document
• Create Master Pages
• Apply Master Pages to Document
• Place Text and Thread Text
• Modify Master Pages and Document
• Create New Sections and Wrap Text

Design and Group Projects

Travel Brochure

Working with Colors • Work with Process Colors
• Apply Color
• Work with Spot Colors
• Work with Gradients
Design and Group Projects
Illustrator: Getting Started with
• Create a New Document
• Explore the Illustrator Window
• Become Familiar with the Welcome
• Creating Basic Shapes
• Apply Fill and Stroke Color to
• Select, Move, and Align Objects
• Work with Guides
• Transform Objects
• Make Direct Selections

Design and Group Projects

Events posters: plays, concerts, community events

Illustrator: Creating Text and
• Create and Format Text
• Flow Text into an Object
• Position Text on a Path
• Create Colors and Gradients
• Apply Colors and Gradients to Text
• Adjust a Gradient and Create a Drop

Design and Group Projects

Holiday Greeting Cards

Illustrator: Drawing and Composing and
• Draw Straight Lines
• Draw Curved Lines
• Draw Elements of an Illustration
• Apply Attributes to Objects
• Assemble an Illustration
• Stroke Objects for Artistic Effect
• Use Live Trace and the Live Paint
Bucket Tool
Design and Group Projects
Illustrator: Transform and Distort
• Transform Objects
• Offset and Outline Paths
• Create Compound Paths
• Work with the Pathfinder Palette
• Create Clipping Masks

Design and Group Projects

Black History Project

Illustrator: Working with Layers • Create and Modify Layers
• Manipulate Layered Artwork
• Work with Layered Artwork
• Create a Clipping Set
Design and Group Projects
Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop
Logo Design
Purpose of Logos
Color and logos
logos and marketing/advertising
Packing and Displays
size and color
• Start Adobe Photoshop CS3
• Learn how to open and save an image
• Use organizational and management
• Examine the Photoshop window
• Use the Layer and History palettes
• Learn about Photoshop by using Help
• View and print an image
• Close a file and exit Photoshop
Logos Business Business Card
Advertising Mailer
Product Container
Business Project
Working with Layers • Examine and convert layers
• Add and delete layers
• Add a selection from one image to
• Organize layers with layer groups and
Making Selections • Make a selection using shapes
• Modify a marquee
• Select using color and modify a
• Add a vignette effect to a selection
Design and Group Projects
Incorporating Color Techniques • Work with color to transform an
• Use the Color Picker and the
Swatches palette
• Place a border around an image
• Blend colors using the Gradient Tool
• Add color to a grayscale image
• Use filters, opacity, and blending
• Match colors

Design and Group Projects

Web and PDF Portfolios

Placing Type in an Image • Learn about type and how it is created
• Change spacing and adjust baseline
• Use the Drop Shadow style
• Apply anti-aliasing to type
• Modify type with the Bevel and
Emboss style
• Apply special effects to type using
• Create text on a path
Design and Group Projects



Visual Art Standards 9-12 Proficient
1.0Artistic Perception- processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through
the language and skills unique to a given art.
Develop Perceptual Skills and Visual Arts Vocabulary
1.1 Identify and use the principles of design to discuss, analyze, and write about visual aspects in
the environment and in works of art, including their own.
1.2 Describe the principles of design as used in works of art, focusing on dominance and
Analyze Art Elements and Principles of Design
1.3 Research and analyze the work of an artist and write about the artist's distinctive style and its
contribution to the meaning of the work.
1.4 Analyze and describe how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of a
particular principle of design.
Impact of Media Choice
1.5 Analyze the material used by a given artist and describe how its use influences the meaning
of the work.
1.6 Compare and contrast similar styles of works of art done in electronic media with those done
with materials traditionally used in the visual arts.
2.0 Creative Expression- Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Visual Arts
Skills, Processes, Materials, and Tools
2.1 Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the
principles of design.
2.2 Prepare a portfolio of original two-and three-dimensional works of art that reflects refined
craftsmanship and technical skills.
2.3 Develop and refine skill in the manipulation of digital imagery (either still or video).
2.4 Review and refine observational drawing skills.
Communication and Expression Through Original Works of Art
2.5 Create an expressive composition, focusing on dominance and subordination.
2.6 Create a two or three-dimensional work of art that addresses a social issue.
3.0 Historical and Cultural Context- Understanding the Historical Contributions and Cultural
Dimensions of the Visual Arts
Role and Development of the Visual Arts
3.1 Identify similarities and differences in the purposes of art created in selected cultures.
3.2 Identify and describe the role and influence of new technologies on contemporary works of
Diversity of the Visual Arts
3.3 Identify and describe trends in the visual arts and discuss how the issues of time, place, and
cultural influence are reflected in selected works of art.
3.4 Discuss the purposes of art in selected contemporary cultures.
4.0 Aesthetic Valuing- Responding to, Analyzing, and Making Judgements about works in the
Visual Arts
Derive Meaning
4.1 Articulate how personal beliefs, cultural traditions, and current social, economic, and
political contexts influence the interpretation of the meaning or message in a work of art.
4.2 Compare the ways in which the meaning of a specific work of art has been affected over time
because of changes in interpretation and context.
Make Informed Judgments
4.3 Formulate and support a position regarding the aesthetic value of a specific work of art and
change or defend that position after considering the views of others.
4.4 Articulate the process and rationale for refining and reworking one of their own works of art.
4.5 Employ the conventions of art criticism in writing and speaking about works of art.
5.0 Connections, Relationships, Applications- Connecting and applying what is learned in the
Visual Arts to other art forms and subject areas and to careers
Connections and Applications
5.1 Design an advertising campaign for a theatre or dance production held at a school, creating
images that represent characters and major events in the production.
5.2 Create a work of art that communicates a cross-cultural or universal theme taken from
literature or history.
Visual Literacy
5.3 Compare and contrast the ways in which different media (television, newspapers, magazines)
cover the same art exhibition.
Careers and Career-Related Skills
5.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the various skills of an artist, art critic, art historian, art
collector, art gallery owner, and philosopher of art (aesthetician).
Media Support and Services Pathway Standards
Students in the Media Support and Services Pathway prepare for careers that involve creating,
designing, and producing multimedia products and services, including the development of
digitally generated or computer-enhanced media used in business. Organizations of all types and
sizes use digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs, Web sites) to communicate with existing and potential
customers. Media support experts can find jobs in organizations doing such work as creating ebusiness
Web sites.
B1.0 Students understand the effective use of tools for media production, development, and
project management:
B1.1 Know the basic functions of media design software, such as keyframe
animation, two-dimensional design, and three-dimensional design.
B1.2 Use appropriate software to design and produce professional-quality images, documents,
and presentations.
B1.3 Analyze the purpose of the media to determine the appropriate file format and level of
B1.4 Analyze media and develop strategies that target the specific needs and desires of the
B1.5 Understand the development and management process of a show (e.g.,
television programs, musicals, and radio programs).
B1.6 Know the basic design elements necessary to produce effective print, video,
audio, and Web-based media.
B1.7 Use technical skills (e.g., pagination, printing, folding, cutting, and binding) to produce
publishable materials.
Tech standards
1.3 Organize work into a meaningful folder structure.
2.2 Produce a publication that applies good design principles.
5. Discuss copyright, email etiquette, Web site viewing, and privacy issues related to responsible
use of technology and describe personal consequences of inappropriate use.
Binary numbers
Graphing and x, y coordinates
(12.2) Students analyze the elements of America's market economy in a global setting.
(12.2.8) Explain the role of profit as the incentive to entrepreneurs in a market
(12.4.3) Discuss wage differences among jobs and professions, using the laws of
demand and supply and the concept of productivity.
2.0 Communications
Students understand the principles of effective oral, written, and multimedia communication in a
variety of formats and contexts
(2.1) Analyze the structure and format of functional workplace documents, including
the graphics and headers, and explain how authors use the features to achieve
their purposes.
English/Language Arts
(2.3) Verify and clarify facts presented in other types of expository texts by using a
variety of consumer, workplace, and public documents.
(1.8) Design and publish documents by using advanced publishing software and
graphic programs.
(1.8) Integrate databases, graphics, and spreadsheets into word-processed documents.
(1.4) Produce legible work that shows accurate spelling and correct use of the
conventions of punctuation and capitalization.
(2.4) Deliver multimedia presentations:
a. Combine text, images, and sound by incorporating information from a wide
range of media, including films, newspapers, magazines, CD-ROMs, online
information, television, videos, and electronic media-generated images.
3.0 Career Planning and Management
Students understand how to make effective decisions, use information about careers, and manage
personal career plans:
3.1 Know the personal qualifications, interests, aptitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to
succeed in careers.
3.2 Understand the scope of career opportunities and know the requirements for education,
training, and licensure.
3.3 Develop a career plan that is designed to reflect career interests, pathways, and
postsecondary options.
3.4 Understand the role and function of professional organizations, industry associations, and
organized labor in a productive society.
3.5 Understand the past, present, and future trends that affect careers, such as technological
developments and societal trends, and the resulting need for lifelong learning.
4.0 Technology
Students know how to use contemporary and emerging technological resources in diverse and
changing personal, community, and workplace environments:
4.1 Understand past, present, and future technological advances as they relate to a chosen
4.2 Understand the use of technological resources to access, manipulate, and produce
information, products, and services.
4.3 Understand the influence of current and emerging technology on selected segments of the
4.4 Understand effective technologies used in Web site development and Internet usage.
4.5 Know procedures for maintaining secure information, preventing loss, and reducing risk.
5.0 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Students understand how to create alternative solutions by using critical and creative thinking
skills, such as logical reasoning, analytical thinking, and problem solving techniques:
5.1 Apply appropriate problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills to work-related
issues and tasks.
5.2 Understand the systematic problem-solving models that incorporate input, process,
outcome, and evaluation components.
5.3 Use critical thinking skills to make informed decisions and solve problems.
5.4 Understand how financial systems and tools are used to solve business problems.
7.0 Responsibility and Flexibility
Students know the behaviors associated with the demonstration of responsibility and flexibility
in personal, workplace, and community settings:
7.1 Understand the qualities and behaviors that constitute a positive and professional work
7.2 Understand the importance of accountability and responsibility in fulfilling personal,
community, and workplace roles.
7.3 Understand the need to adapt to varied roles and responsibilities.
7.4 Understand that individual actions can affect the larger community.
8.0 Ethics and Legal Responsibilities
8.2 Understand the concept and application of ethical and legal behavior consistent with
workplace standards.
8.3 Understand the role of personal integrity and ethical behavior in the workplace.
9.0 Leadership and Teamwork
Students understand effective leadership styles, key concepts of group dynamics, team and
individual decision making, the benefits of workforce diversity, and conflict resolution:
9.1 Understand the characteristics and benefits of teamwork, leadership, and citizenship in the
school, community, and workplace settings.
9.2 Understand the ways in which preprofessional associations, such as DECA—A Marketing
Association and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and
competitive career development activities enhance academic skills, promote career choices, and
contribute to employability.
9.3 Understand how to organize and structure work individually and in teams for effective
performance and attainment of goals.
9.4 Know multiple approaches to conflict resolution and their appropriateness for a variety of
situations in the workplace.
9.5 Understand how to interact with others in ways that demonstrate respect for individual and
cultural differences and the attitudes and feelings of others.




1. aspect ratio
2. background
3. background color
4. bevel and emboss
5. bitmap
6. blur
7. browse
8. brush
9. brush strokes
10. burn
11. canvas
12. canvas size
13. clear
14. clone
15. clone stamp
16. color overlay
17. count tool
18. crop
19. custom shape tool
20. custom shapes
21. cut
22. desaturate
23. deselect
24. despeckle
25. direct selection tool
26. distort
27. dodge
28. drop shadow
29. duplicate
30. elliptical marquee
31. eraser
32. extract
33. eye dropper
34. fill
35. filter
36. filter
37. foreground color
38. free transform
39. Gaussian blur
40. gradient
41. greyscale
42. hand tool
43. healing brush
44. history brush
45. image size
46. import
47. inner glow
48. inner shadow
49. jpeg
50. lasso
51. layer
52. layer style
53. line tool
54. liquefy
55. magic eraser tool
56. magic wand
57. magnetic lasso
58. magnify
59. marquee
60. mask
61. mask
62. merge
63. motion blur
64. move tool
65. navigator
66. noise
67. notes tool
68. opacity
69. outer glow
70. paint
71. paint brush
72. paint bucket tool
73. panel
74. paste
75. patch tool
76. path selection tool
77. pattern stamp
78. pen
79. pencil
80. pixel
81. pixelate
82. polygonal lasso
83. quick selection tool
84. rectangular marquee
85. red eye tool
86. render
87. rotate canvas
88. ruler
89. saturation
90. shape
91. sharpen
92. sharpen
93. slice
94. smudge
95. sponge
96. spot healing brush
97. step back
98. step forward
99. stroke
100. style
101. stylize
102. texture
103. undo
104. undo
105. vector
106. vector mask
107. vertical text
108. window
109. zoom