Masters School of Art

Christian Center for the Arts

Adobe Illustrator - Class Description

Level: 3; Age requirements: 12 and up; Format: Class; Prerequisites: Computer Art 102 or permission from the instructor; Instructor Permission: Yes

 

DESCRIPTION:

Adobe Illustrator is a vector image creation program, which allows you to create shapes that have sharp edges no matter what size they are printed at.  One helpful way to think about it might be cartoons versus photos.  Cartoons have smooth edges and gradients and are composed using more basic and scalable shapes.  Whereas photos have much more complex shapes and loose their clarity when made much larger than their original size.  Illustrator is used a lot by graphic designers and illustrators for things like comics and some books.

 

OBJECTIVES:

To learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create art and designs that can be used and sold.

 

SUPPLIES:

A 2+ GB (gigabyte) Flash Drive will be needed to store the student's work.  Flash drives are available at just about every office supplies store for $15+.  Students will also be paying for their own printing costs, which will likely be $25 and up.  Printing costs will vary depending on size, quantity, quality, etc.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

We'll start off the class learning the basics of the program and then gradually move to more complex images.  We'll probably try out creating posters, playing with fonts, making characters and landscapes, and maybe something like a comic strip.

Here are a couple of examples of the kinds of things that may be created in class:

 

REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS:

Check schedule to determine time of class. Students are responsible for showing up on time and making work up outside of class.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT:

Students will not be graded (unless in college); however, they will be evaluated through level of skill performed in class on whether or not they can continue on to the next level.  Students will also be expected to keep track of their own projects, which will be kept on their flash drive.  The school and teacher will not be responsible for their loss or deletion.

 

HOW TO SUCCEED:

Computer art combines creativity with technical expertise, so students will need to be prepared to explore possibilities, think "outside the box", be curious, and think "big picture" as well as focus on details.  Successful students use Photoshop and Illustrator as tools for art and not merely toys.  Students should also build the habit of looking for designs they like, analyzing why they are appealing and practicing incorporating those ideas and principles into their own work.