Intro to Graphic Design – August 6-10

Intro to Graphic Design students have had a full week in my class. Everyone is getting settled into a routine, getting used to the procedures and how thing go this semester in the classroom.

A few topics we covered over the past week are:  1) History of Graphic Design/timeline assignment 2) GOLDS/printing processes and 3) Copyright and how it is important.

As we move into next week the students will learn about measurements in Graphic Design, Ethics and take their safety test on Wednesday, August 15th. Once all tests have been completed, we will start our adventure into ILLUSTRATOR!  This is what a lot of students have been ready to do since day one! 🙂  I am thankful for their patience!


Until next time…have a great weekend!


End of our first week back

It was so nice to see the smiling faces return to school! Having my past students stop by to visit me, made my day! It was awesome to see all of you!

As I’ve welcomed a whole new set of faces in all four blocks of Intro to Graphics & Design, we hit the ground running. Our class reviewed the syllabus (link below), created gmail email accounts to turn receive projects/turn in assignments, reviewed Mac 101, and covered Careers through Virtual Job Shadow.

Next week, we will get started on the History of Graphic Design and the students will find dates for events given to them and create a timeline using programs they are already familiar with using. This assignment will take a 2 1/2 classes to complete. They will submit their projects to me through gmail. Hoping to end the week with ethics, measurements, and GOLDS/Printing.

On Monday, if the students can bring their notebook or 3 ring binder with notebook paper that would be great! They will begin to learn vocabulary that they will use during this class and as they continue on the Graphic Design Pathway. If you are looking to donate materials to the class, I would greatly appreciate clorox wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer.

If you have questions please feel free to email me at [email protected] or leave a message on my classroom phone. I do not answer the phone during the day but will do my best to return calls at the end of the school day. I’m looking forward to a great semester with all of my students!



Tracey Hotchkiss


Syllabus Fall 2018 Intro to Graphic Design

Welcome Back! Fall 2018 Intro to Graphic Design

Welcome back!

This fall semester I will start my 2nd year at Harrison and continue to teach Introduction to Graphic Design classes. By teaching the introduction level class, this will help grow the graphic design program at HHS and let Carey Ward teach the advanced/upper level Graphic Design courses so our students will receive a greater understanding of Graphic Design.

Please feel free to reach out to me by email at [email protected]

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone on Wednesday, August 1st!


Final Project – Portfolio

The students will take 14 of the assignments/projects they worked on throughout the semester and create a final portfolio. The project will be 16 total pages with front cover and back cover. Each student was handed a rubric that they are responsible to keep with them and hand in with their final project. The project is due, Friday, May 18th. The portfolio is work 2 test grades.

The students were also given their final exam review sheet today in class. It will be due next Friday as well. For Seniors, they will take their exam next Friday and I can review with them on Wednesday, May 16th.

I can not believe how fast this semester has flown by…



Mrs. H

InDesign…Family Newsletter

This week the students will learn their last program in this Intro class. They will begin to work in InDesign. InDesign is a layout program where they will pull everything they have learned together. The first couple of days we will review the basic functions and get them started on their next assignment. A four page newsletter – they will design a masthead/name plate for their newsletter, come up with ideas for their articles/stories and write each one on their own.

I’m looking forward to seeing the topics each student comes up with and see how much they’ve learned. This project will be due Monday, May 7th at the end of class.

Any missing assignments must be turned in by Wednesday, May 16th for credit.



Mrs. H

Finishing Photoshop

The students have completed their recreation of their advertisement in BE THE AD. Putting themselves in the advertisement and recreating all elements from scratch. As we are moving to the end of Photoshop, the students will use what they have learned on A Novel Approach. They will be given a synopsis of a real novel. They will come up with a new book cover from how they interpret the information.

Next week, the students will have their final project in Photoshop, Multiple Me. They will take 5 pictures of themselves in the same setting. The images will tell a story and using Photoshop, they will place their images in one picture and make it look realistic.

I’m looking forward to sharing some of the students work in my next blog.

Until then….

Mrs. H

Welcome back!

I hope everyone had a relaxing break! We hit the ground running today. The students in each class will be begin their selection on BE THE AD. Each student will chose an existing ad to recreate. They have to put themselves within the ad when they recreate from scratch. Today the students submitted their selections and had them approved. Tomorrow they will be begin to take pictures and recreate the layout.

This project will count as a test grade and is due on Friday, April 13th at the end of class. Each student in all blocks received the information in their gmail account to create their project.

I’m excited to see how well they do on Friday!


Mrs. H

Enjoy Spring Break!


Before we head off to break…I wanted to share the WINNERS of the Fantasy Animal contest from all of my classes.

Block 1 – Alexis Scarpinato

Block 2 – Lawson Willard & Ethan Perlakowski

Block 3 – Jenna McCormick

Block 4 – Michael Faress

Everyone worked really hard on this project using tools they have learned over the past two weeks in Photoshop.



*Please remember if you are missing any work from the past 5 weeks – I need it before Wednesday, April 11th, or I will not be accepting for credit. Unless you have spoken to me and made arrangements.

One last thing…I hope everyone has a relaxing, fun filled Spring Break! When we get back we will refresh on Monday and jump right in!



Mrs. H

Before we head to Spring Break!

This week the students will continue to work in Photoshop. They will learn to use different filters, change hair/eye color and create their own Pop art. 🙂

They will also, get to vote on the best Fantasy Animal created in each class. I can’t wait to see how well they used their Photoshop tools to create a new blended animal. I will select the top 4 from each class then the class will vote on the winner. I will do my best to post the winners before spring break.

Hope everyone has a very restful week and enjoys some downtime!


Mrs. H