Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Where to find your course outlines and work for the year in each class

On our google site:
Book mark this if you haven't already.

If you hover over the NCEA Visual Art levels' 1 - 3 button, you get to see the course outlines drop down. you can select to see one of those there. 

Otherwise, if you want your class page, click on the blue tab directly. it takes you here:

You should all know what line you are in by now. Clicking on the correct line, will take you to your own class resources, including our shared google sheet, which also has your blog addresses on it. Because of the nature of google sites at this point, unless you have editing permissions for the whole page. you will only be able to VIEW this sheet from here. However, you do have it in your google drive in 'shared with me'. 

This is where all the feedback we have talked through in class should be recorded. It means you can always go back to it. Now that you know how to find it, I would like you to make sure you are always actively using it. 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

First drawing task 2017

Think: Facebook,Image result for facebook logo png Snapchat, Instagram, Google, McDonald's, Nike, Adidas, Burger King, Guns N' RosesImage result for Guns and roses logo, Hornby High SchoolImage result for Hornby high school logo
...every "thing" has an easily recognised image associated with it.

Logo: What is it?

A Logo is a design symbolising ones organisation. It is a design that is used by an organisation for its letterhead, advertising material, and signs as an emblem by which the organisation can easily be recognised, also called logotype. Logotype is a graphic representation or symbol of a company name, trademark, abbreviation, etc., often uniquely designed for ready recognition.

After looking at the logos (google) for all of the items listed above, you need to come up with 15 - YES 15! - different ideas for your your own logo.

15 pencil sketches on one A3 page. Space them evenly

Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Postive Space
Negative Space

Photo your work and blog!!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Website design

Click on the link below and read the 10 rules of website design...

Top ten ideas for website layout book mark this page - you need to refer to it often.

Check out the following work done on websites by other students. Bottom half of the panel in both cases.

Top half in this case:

Now start your thumbnails, collect your imagery and begin your layout!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Level 2 External Exemplar 2.3

Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established design practice (2.3)

The task for this extract requires students to develop a DVD menu solution for a specific client.

The student explores appropriate design approaches (1) and then generates a range of resource imagery that is relevant to the identified theme (2). They then move systematically through the concept (3) and developmental stages (4), which are accompanied by ongoing critical evaluations (5), to produce an original and successful outcome (8).
The initial outcomes (6) present sufficient clarification of their ideas at a level appropriate for Merit. The subsequent pictorial advancement (7) shows sufficient extension of stylistic and layout ideas to meet the requirement at Excellence to extend these ideas.
Each image presents a new idea (4) (6) (7) that builds upon consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of the preceding work. The final design (8) clearly reflects the approaches of the identified models, without being derivative. This implicit application of established practice within a body of original student work is required for authentic clarification (Merit) and extension (Excellence) outcomes.  
For a more secure Excellence, the student could further refine the hand drawn elements in the final sequence (9). For example, by adjusting the levels these elements could become pure silhouette forms. Alternatively the forms could be entirely rebuilt digitally using pure geometry and true curves. This would enhance the stylistic unity of the final outcome (8).

Level 2 Internal exemplars Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to design (2.2)

Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to design (2.2)


Taken directly from NZQA - please read and look at each numbered picture associated with what they are talking about in regards to each picture below: 
This student has presented a consistent application of the particular design conventions associated with each activity. This shows purposeful use of the particular characteristics and constraints of each approach, for example, the treatment of text as image (1) (2), and the use of font size and placement to reinforce a message (3).
The initial exploratory works (4) reveal sound exploration of the use of typographic conventions to enhance the content of each phrase. These include the use of font selection, weighting, size, colour, placement, and digital effects.
The success of the ‘Daydreaming and Futility’ design (7) shows a critical selection of these conventions to support the ‘leisurely relaxed’ theme. The typographic features are further enhanced by the intelligent decisions of restrained colour and visual simplicity.
For a more secure Excellence, the student could ensure that all evidence demonstrates more consistent depth of critical selection and technical application. For example, the ‘Tulips’ (5) and ‘Skittles’ (6) outcomes could have a stronger connection between visual style and the meaning of the words.
Further consideration of impact and legibility for the word ‘futility’ (7) may strengthen this outcome in terms of the conventions of book cover design.

Level 2 Assessment

Titile:Version ASInternal/externalcredit valueFinal assessment date:
2.2Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to design291310Internal4week 6
term 3
2.3Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established design practice291315Internal4week 9
term 3
2.4Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within design291320external12October 4pm

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Design checklist - are you on target?

Check list Design Level 2  and 3 term 2
To be done:
Brief typed up and (blu-tacked) onto folio boards
Top left hand corner – 15cm x 15cm or so

Inspiration printed and placed (blu-tacked) on folio board
15cm x 44cm of pictures you have gathered from the internet, photographed yourself or hand drawn.

New area measured up to contain logo concept drawing and developments.
30cm x 60cm – lay logos out evenly and neatly. Start with concepts then place developments on, then make your final larger. Put titles of logo concepts, developments, and final on as headings of each area.

Meeting with teacher to look at modifications for developments and settling on final logo by Friday 3rd June.
Bring all your work laid out on folio. Here you will receive ideas to move forward with final logo.
Email teacher this week to make appointment for critique or

Starting on next piece of work eg. Poster, flyer, DPS, website, billboard etc.
More info to come to the design blog to help with this:
Back to drawing and research. Based on your brief you will be given an artist model to research. You will need to complete workbook pages of thumbnail sketches of drawings of your design. At this point you may bring back some traditional art making methods to create back ground textures and hand drawn design. You may be cutting and pasting colours or textures from magazines. Alternatively you can utilise illustrator or photoshop to layer and recreate some imagery from your inspiration.
3 A3 pages of research and drawings… thumbnails, annotations, showing design layout ideas, texture ideas, font ideas.
Week 10
Level 2: Board 1 due  
Level 3: Board 1 plus half of board 2
Planning for other designs becoming clearer and more developed.