• Digital Art 1 - 4


    Course Title: Digital Art 1, 2, 3, 4

    Subject Area: Visual Arts

    Student Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

    Length of Course: 20 Weeks

    Credit Assigned: 0.5

    Prerequisites: None (without college credit);

    Articulation with Erie Community College for 3 College Credits (GA 131 – Photoshop I) - Prereq: Studio in Art or Teacher Recommendation; fee

    Enrollment Limit: 15

    This course fulfills ½ credit for the Technology requirement at Akron High School. 


    Digital Art 1

    Through this course, students will learn to use the computer to visually communicate their ideas and become better prepared to compete in our ever-changing age of technology.  Students will sharpen their drawing skills, improve their methods of composition, and improve their creative thinking skills.  We will learn to use a variety of equipment and software: Dell computers, scanners, digital cameras, Adobe software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Premiere, etc.), pen and tablet, etc.  Concepts may include digital imaging, photo manipulation, graphic design, basic animation, storage and file management, and copyright/ethical issues.  Course projects are determined by student interest.

    Digital Art 2

    Digital Art 2 is a course where students explore more advanced software. Advanced techniques in the second semester may include creative manual photography and Photoshop, Web page design, multimedia presentations, advanced animation, interactive video games, 3D character design, and video techniques. Course projects are determined by student interest.

    Digital Art 3

    Digital Art 3 is a course where students are encouraged to create personally expressive original art using the methods learned in 1 and 2.  Students will create individually designed projects with tutoring by instructor and through use of graphic design books and online tutorials.  Students will develop more intricate artworks in a concentration area that was introduced in 1 and 2 to develop a comprehensive portfolio.  This might include a photography portfolio, fully functioning Web page, video game, graphic animation with sound, or graphic design product and packaging.

    Digital Art 4

    Digital Art 4 allows students to develop a personal concentration in one or more media from DA3.  This class is recommended for students before taking AP Studio in 2D Design, or in place of it in order to achieve a sequence in the arts.  As a part of this course, students will develop a portfolio of work that can be used for college admissions or AP.

    Goals & Objectives:

    • To study the elements of art and principles of composition through various digital media projects and effectively use artistic planning techniques to apply skills learned in Studio in Art to create more sophisticated artworks.

    • To learn how to use a variety of art media, technology, tools, techniques, and idea gathering strategies to present their work to the public, including print, mounting/matting techniques, and digital methods of display.

    • To understand how to read, write and talk about digital media using a formal critique

    • Understand copyright laws, computer ethics, and technical language.

    • Demonstrate basic camera and hardware care and responsibility, including digital citizenship.

    • Learn about history of digital media and careers in the field


    • No assigned textbook, but may include readings from a variety of sources, including books, Web pages, notes, articles, tutorials, and Power Point displays.

    • Hardware: Dell Multimedia Workstation, Wacom Pen Tablet, Scanning Devices, Canon Rebel Digital Camera, 3D Printer

    • Software: Adobe Creative Suite, including: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere, Adobe InDesign, Meshmixer, SketchUp, Microsoft Power Point, Publisher, etc.

    • Art Supplies Include: Lighting equipment, Photograph Paper, Adhesive, Rulers, Mat Cutter, Mat board, Mixed Media

    • Storage: Network Server, DVD, flash drives, Google Drive

    Time Allotment per unit: (Projects may vary, but this is a general overview for sections 1&2) (Content & sequencing will be based on class interest)

    • Graphic Design Projects Using Adobe Illustrator: 5 Weeks

    • Adobe Photoshop Image Manipulation and Advanced Camera Use: 8 Weeks

    • Vector and Raster Image Combinations for Design: 2 Weeks

    • Printing and Display Methods: 2 Week

    • Gif Animation/Web Button Rollovers: 2 Week

    • Web Page Design: 4 Weeks

    • Flash Animation: 4 Weeks

    • Video Game Design/ Coding: 4 Weeks

    • Video/ Film: 4 Week

    • Independent Final Project: 3 Weeks

    Methods of Study:

    Methods of study include project work, portfolio development, teacher instruction, tutorial work, individual and group critique, written and oral critique, small group interaction, and research papers/power points. A majority of the work will be student driven project work based on problems posed in class based on historical graphic design as well as usage of techniques learned in class.  Students will develop a portfolio of work in digital and print form.  Teacher instruction will often be tutorial work, which includes watch and follow methods to inspire visual and kinesthetic learners.  Critique may be written or oral, individual, small group, or class.  Occasionally, research projects will be included to further student understanding of current graphics concepts.

    Assessment Plan:

    Class Participation & Effort…………..50%

    This grade depends on your active class participation, your constructive use of the entire class period, your concentration/effort, and your clean-up and care of tools, space, and artwork. If course numbers dictate, we may have quizzes that are linked to our final assessment as part of APPR. Quizzes will equal 10% of effort grade.

    Major Projects…………….50%

    Approximately 3 – 10 major artworks will be assigned each marking period.  Rubrics will be explained at the beginning of every new project.  You project must be complete and turned in on time to receive full credit.  Projects can be reworked for a higher grade.

    Extra Credit…………….5%

    Students can earn extra credit through participation in the arts outside of class: including, but not limited to: volunteer work, contests, assisting with maintenance of art tools, etc.  Please see me if you are interested.


    (MP1=50%)+ (MP2=50%)= 100%

    *A Written Local Final Exam MAY be a part of this class, depending on the number of students that sign up for the course.

    (MP1=40%)+ (MP2=40%)+ (Final Exam=20%)= 100%