Homecoming Week – October 2-6

Homecoming week!

We hit the ground running this week and jump right into Photoshop. The students will get started with the paint brush tool, learn layers and the selection tool. They will build a hamburger and their first assignment will be to build a slice of pizza and move the toppings around from layer to layer. We move quickly working with additional tools – marquee tool, healing brush, and spot healing brush tool.

Students will have in class assignments throughout the week to help reinforce what they have learned.

Their first class assignment for their fantasy animal is due end of class Friday, October 6th.


Hope everyone enjoys Homecoming weekend!


Mrs. H

Fall Break

Please have all missing assignments turned in by Friday, September 22nd. After this date missing assignments will not be accepted for full credit.

We have finished lessons on Illustrator and will start Photoshop when we return from Fall Break. The students will have a test on Illustrator on Tuesday. We will review on the Monday after break!

I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing fall break! See you when we get back!


Mrs. H

Wrapping up Typography

First, I want to say, I hope everyone made it through Hurricane Irma safely!

Tomorrow we will be back at school and the students from all blocks will have their Typography test. I will review with them before giving them the test since we’ve been out of school four days.

For the rest of the week, we will discuss using typography in advertisements, practice using tools learned in Illustrator, students will have a choice of picking two items from the list given. DUE DATE: Friday, September 15th.

Next week, we will wrap up Illustrator with the Mike’s Coffee ad



The students have been learning about typography for the past week. We have reviewed labels of the character – Cap line, ascender line, x-height, descender line, stem, bowl counter and serif. The also learned the different classifications for fonts – Serif, Sans serif, script and decorative. They used what they have learned to create their first name in Graffiti and now they are finishing up their Calligram using the program – Illustrator. I will be displaying their Graffiti in the halls this week.

We also reviewed the difference in alignments when using type. Putting text in an object, on a path, rotating type as a line, in a text box using alignment, and using different types families – bold, italic, condensed, light, etc. They can create definition, depth, and detail using fonts.

I am seeing so much creativity in the objects they chose and are recreating using words. It is amazing to see how they have pushing themselves to choose a bit more challenging objects and use what they’ve learned come to life.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!




Printing types, safety & begin Illustrator

Students will go through and learn about the different types of printing presses and learn about safety in the computer lab. They will learn how to be safe using the equipment we have on site – cutter, laminator, printer, etc. They will also review how to dispose of materials and what each symbol means, and how to handle different types of fires and what to use to put them out.

All students must pass the safety test with a 100% to move on in the class.

I am hoping to start into the program Illustrator this week. Learning the basic tools. The selection tool, pen tool, how to create curves, create shapes and more.

Looking forward to a fun end of the week!

History, Ethics, Measurements, and Elements of Principles & Design

We have a busy week ahead…

The students will learn and get a quick review of the history of graphic design. During this time the students worked on pictographs in class as a group and came up with some amazing alphabets/pictures to create a sentence. This assignment was finished by the end of class and we moved into ethics, measurements, and ending the week with elements of principles and design.

Ethics – All blocks – review of ethics, copyright, trademark, registered – using artwork.

Measurements – All blocks – learned measurements used in graphic design – points and picas. Each student was given a worksheet to help reinforce and given examples with a ruler for measuring.

Elements of principles and design – The students reviewed each element/principle and then on their own the looked for ads that used warm, cool, neutral colors, symmetrical balance, asymmetrical balance, unity, rhythm/repetition and pattern, emphasis, contrast and variety.

Next week we will cover printing, safety and jump into our first design program – Illustrator.


Week One

We are off to a great start! My students for all 4 blocks of Intro to Graphic Design have been getting settled into the new school year. Reviewing the syllabus, taking home forms to be filled out, signed by their parents and returned. If you need a copy of the syllabus or forms please let me know.

The first week the students are getting adjusted to using the mac desktop computer, setting up google docs, getting to know you letters , sharing documents, SkillsUSA, Graphic Design Club, Ethics, Careers, History of Graphic Design and created a timeline.

It has been a great week!

Welcome Back!


My name is Tracey Hotchkiss and I am the new Graphic Design teacher at Harrison High School for the 2017-18 school year! I am super excited to join an amazing team of CTAE teachers at HHS.

I will be teaching the Introduction to Graphic Design classes this school year. 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]

Lastly, for day 1 – please report to advisement first! I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!