Tracey Hotchkiss

Welcome to Intro to Graphic Design & Graphic Design & Production



Intro to Graphic Design – Illustrator

This past week students have been using Adobe Illustrator. They have learned how to select, move objects, use the shapes tool and use the pen tool. The students are practicing to help re-enforce what they’ve learned this week and master… Continue Reading →

Graphic Design & Production – let’s begin..

Some of my level two students I have not seen in over a year. It is so nice to have them back in my classroom for another semester! We started out our class with a review on Lab Safety and… Continue Reading →

Intro to Graphic Design – Copyright & Safety

This week the students will learn about Copyright and be prepared to write a paper on the Graphic/Street Artist Shepard Fairey. They will decide if he violated copyright laws when creating his President Obama Hope poster or if they feel… Continue Reading →

Intro to Graphic Design – History, Principles & Elements of Design

As the students adjust to our class, they have shown me a little bit of their creativity while learning about the history of Graphic Design, creating a timeline and understanding Elements & Principles of Design. Each student has created a… Continue Reading →

Welcome to Intro to Graphic Design – Spring 2020

Block’s 1 and 3  are both Intro to Graphic Design. When we meet on Monday, I will speak to the students about my blog where to locate the blog, materials that they will need for this class and what they… Continue Reading →

Happy Thanksgiving!

Students have been given their last assignment in Photoshop – Be the Ad. Students selected from Album covers, movie covers/posters, book covers or advertisements from a magazine. Students will make their decision on what ad they will recreate before their… Continue Reading →

Fantasy Animal – Photoshop

Students will begin their first major assignments in Photoshop today. They will choose a natural/realistic background and three animals that they will blend together to create a new fantasy animal. I always love to see how creative students can be… Continue Reading →


Today the students completed their final challenge in Illustrator. They were given the challenge of designing a t-shirt design using what they’ve learned in Illustrator to create their design. They could choose one color or full color design. I am… Continue Reading →

Wrapping up Illustrator…

Students are finishing their creative color wheels and snail tutorials by the end of class today, Friday, October 11th. Students have a Vocab #3 quiz on Monday, October 14th. Next week, they will start one of their last summative assignments… Continue Reading →


Students have been working on their Yoga posters, they will learn the difference between point type, area type and type on a path. Students will create two art boards in Illustrator and work on the two posters. This project is… Continue Reading →

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