Your assignment is to design a poster, magazine cover, or other print object that characterizes where you see yourself in 20 years. This should reflect the same ideas as the essay you wrote on the subject. Here is an example:
Your design must consist of a minimum of:
Your design must be submitted as a JPG or PDF. Photoshop, Word, or Pages files will not be accepted.
Before you leave Christ the King, you are going to create a website that will collect as many of your projects as we can find. That way, you will have access to your work many years after you leave the school. You can also use it as a portfolio, to point to how your skills have evolved over the years.
One of the most common things people want to do with Photoshop is make a collage; combining two or more images. There are a lot of great examples of this on the site Michael Bublé Being Stalked by a Velociraptor. On this site, images of the popular singer are combined with images of velociraptors, to hilarious effect.
Here are two excellent examples of Photoshop Collages:
Making collages like this requires the use of many techniques to fit images together seamlessly.
In the next few weeks, we're going to be exploring lots of different aspects of Photoshop. For our first lesson, we're going to start with a photograph of ourselves and turn it into a digital avatar using filters.
Understanding layers is the bread and butter of photoshop. Layering is a really simple concept: when you add a layer, you're literally stacking an image on top of an image. This can get confusing though if you don't remember to pay attention to which layer you're on, or what order the layers are in. Here's a few quick things to remember:
If you try to use a "Sketch" type filter, you will notice that the sketch takes a particular color. You can change the foreground and background colors in the main workspace before you go into the Filter Gallery to change those colors.
Happy Pi Day! We're going to explore different aspects of circles and their amazing ratio, pi!
Watch the video below. Pause it whenever you need to think about what you're seeing.
This shows that pi can be thought of as a length. If you unroll the edge of a circle with diameter 1, the length of that edge is around 3.14159. We call that edge the circumference.
Let's do something similar in Sketchpad. Download the file "What is pi.gsp" below. Follow the directions to calculate pi.
This activity shows us that pi is a ratio. It's a comparison of the circumference of a circle to its diameter .
Now we're going to do something similar in Sketchpad. Download the file Circle Area below. Follow the instructions to create a rectangle with the same area as a circle.
You will be creating a website that describes the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Within your group, divide up the facts above. Each team member will find a source for that fact, and summarize what they've learned about it on an index card. For example:
Question: How were the Pyramids of Giza built?
Today, the entertainment world is dominated by video. Capturing the sights and sounds of our world in motion is so easy, that few people still take the time to listen to stories. Stories told in audio only can have a magical quality, somewhere between the worlds of books and video; radio brings you sensory delights of the real world, music and voice, but leaves your imagination free to create the faces, places, and ideas the way books do. Especially when it comes to the human voice, stories on the radio often have intimacy where TV has only awkwardness.
For this project, we're going to ask someone close to us to tell us a story, and then we're going to produce that story in the style of a radio piece, adding music, discussion, and reflection. We'll look for themes that link the stories and publish them in collections.
Many devices are capable of recording audio these days. Digital cameras that record video, phones that take voice memos, and computers with microphones can all be used as voice recorders. Students must identify a device they can use and experiment with using it in advance of beginning this project.
StoryCorps - Good examples of types of stories people tell about their lives
"Our mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives."
RadioLab - Great examples of radio productions with a high degree of editing, music, and reflection
"Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world."
This American Life - This American Life showcases a moderate amount of editing but great summarizing and reflection.
Use the form below to submit your story ideas. You must submit at least three of these.
You can practice this using this boyscout.mp3 file.
Using that file, the garciaa.mp3, or another storycorps.org file of your choosing, practice importing audio into Garageband, editing it, and adding sounds.
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