Our last two weeks of class!

This week I have made sure to update all grades for each class. So if you see a zero, I do not have your assignment. If you need to resubmit a old file you may do so if its from the last six weeks (from October 29th of later). I have told each class to make sure they are looking at their grades to see if they have any assignments are missing.

This week students will have begin working on their final project – Portfolio. Their portfolio will be due on Friday, December 14th and at the latest submitted on Monday, Dec. 17th if we run into printing issues. I have handed out their review packets for their final exam given either on Dec. 20th or 21st. We will review the packet on Tuesday, Dec. 18th. Students know they will be handing them in for a grade even if they are exempting this final.

Until next week….

Mrs. H

Let’s begin Indesign…

The students have started working in the final program they will learn this semester…InDesign. In this program, the students will learn how to create advertisements, a personal newsletter and their final project will be a portfolio. They will also see how the other two programs can be used as well when creating these last projects. This brings everything together. They will use photoshop for to edit images, they will create logos or use fun fonts and then bring what they’ve saved into their layout in InDesign.

All missing assignments will not be accepted after Friday, December 14th. Please take a look at your child’s grades and make sure they are on top on their assignments.


Thank you,

Mrs. H

Wrapping up Photoshop by the end of the week

Students are continuing to work on Photoshop. We will wrap up photoshop before we leave for Thanksgiving break this Friday. They will turn in their Motivational posters, where they chose two quotes they like and mean something to them and work with images to create a two posters in Photoshop. Towards the end of the week the students will  learn how to put images into letters which is also called masking. They will create one in Photoshop and the other they will need to go back to Illustrator to create.

Friday, November 16th, the students will have a quiz on their vocabulary and wrap up the words they learned for Photoshop.

When we return from break the students will begin their final journey in this class by learning how to use InDesign to bring all the pieces together by creating layouts.

I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and restful break!

Mrs. H

Be the Ad

The students have been busy working in Photoshop practicing the tools they’ve learned over the past couple weeks. All classes have finished their Multiple Me project this past Wednesday and today, they handed in their note books and took a vocab quiz. After the vocab quiz, we reviewed what is expected for their next project. The students will be working on Be The Ad. This project each student will re-create an ad of their choosing, we will sit down and discuss and create a plan on how to plan out the project. Students will be taking all photos for their ad themselves or have a friend to help them. They will put themselves in the ad as well. They will learn how to use fonts, how to download new fonts and use them in their advertisement. The due date for this project is Friday, November 2nd by the end of class.

I’m looking forward to posting our class winners next week for the Fantasy Animals!

Until next time…

Mrs. H


Multiple Me Project

The students are starting to work on their multiple me assignment. On this assignment, students will decide how they’d like to tell a story through images. They will take at least 5 images of themselves from the same vanish point. Through these images they will tell a story. I will post a few from each class for my next weeks blog.

On another note: Missing assignments from the last 6 weeks will be accepted up until Tuesday, October, 30th. After this time, I will not accept late work unless you have set up a separate plan with me.

I’m excited to share the students work…until next week.


Mrs. H

Welcome Back from Fall Break!

Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a wonderful break and took the time to relax!

Now that we are back, Monday the students will refresh their skills in Illustrator and create a color wheel. I have asked students to think outside of the box and not just use a wheel to create their assignment. It will be due at the end of class on Monday.

Tuesday each class will begin Photoshop. The will learn how to use layers in photoshop, selection tools, how to fix an image and how to create an image using a cartoon character to create a fun store with an image. The classes will be working on their first project of the Fantasy Animal, where they will combine three animals to create one new fantasy animal. This project is a contest and I will post the winners from each class! Project due at the end of class, Friday, October 5th!

Until next week,

Mrs. H

Wrap-up! Illustrator Final Project…

The students are working on their final major project in Illustrator to finish up the week. Students will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday and a notebook check. All classes will have a couple smaller assignments (color wheel & masking)  in Illustrator to complete when we return at the beginning of the week.

All classes will begin Photoshop after fall break! I know a lot of students are looking forward to Photoshop and learning how to manipulate photos!

Hope everyone has a relaxing and safe fall break!

Mrs. H

Illustrator continues…Yoga Posters

The students finished working on the Calligrams on Friday and this week they will kick it off with the Yoga posters! These two posters will count as two test grades. They will spend a lot of time using text, formatting text, repeating patterns, etc. I look forward to seeing how well they will do on this assignment.

I have spoke to each class to let them know that all grades have been entered into synergy. If your child is missing any assignments you will see a zero for their grade. The students know that have until Wednesday, September 12th end of day to turn any missing assignments from the first week. After this time, I will not accept those assignments and the zero grade will be their final grade for the assignment.

I am at school each morning by 7:30am and all students are welcome to come in and work on their missing work. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.


Thank you,
Mrs. H

Illustrator – Typography

The students will learn about typography. They will review the different types of fonts – serif, san serif, script and display – just to name a few. They will learn the different parts of a character and other terms like tracking, leading and kerning. We will also review text box styles – left and right justified, centered, how to create a run around. Just about everything to do with text.

The students will come up with ideas for their calagrams, and ligature setup/pathfinder tools using their initials.

Later in the week, they will start their next large project – Yoga posters. This project counts for 2 test grades!

Until next time…

Mrs. H

Illustrator continues…Aquos

This week the students will be re-creating the AQUOS poster. We will review several tools and layers before they begin. It should be a great week to see how much they’ve learned and continue to learn when using Illustrator.

I will be entering students grades this week and will have everything up-to-date by the end of the week. The students have been given time to make up and complete any missing assignments each day. All students are aware that if they need extra time or want to come in the mornings for extra help that I am at school each day by 7:30am. I am available Monday & Wednesday after school until 4pm.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me at Tracey.Hotchkiss@cobbk12.org.


Thank you,

Mrs. H