UPDATE: Parents/Students – I am going to be out all week. I have sent emails to all the students in my classes to keep them up to date. As well as, Mr Ward has stepped in to help with any question the students have while I am out. They will be working on the Aquos poster for the remainder of the week and the poster will be due at the end of class on Monday, Feb 12th.


The week of February 5-9, students will work on recreating the Aquos poster in Illustrator. They will use what they have learned in class on all tools to recreate this poster. This poster will count as a test grade/major summative grade.

The students will also work on their skills using the tools they’ve learned through practicing each tool on cartoon pages.



Mrs. H

Illustrator lessons…

This week the students will continue to build their knowledge and learn how to use basic shapes to create objects and merge objects together using the pathfinder tool. They will continue to practice tracing to help perfect the pen tool, merging objects, moving items to the front and back and layers.

Assignments in class this week (Jan 29 – Feb 2nd) are the wrench and screw driver, apple and intro to color theory.


Week 4 Continued…

Safety test is complete! I’m so proud of all of the students!

All classes have started Illustrator! We will continue to learn the different tools and the students will work in class on assignments to help reinforce and practice using the tools.

Tools reviewed in Illustrator – pen tool, shapes, selection tool, direct selection, copy, paste, grouping, ungrouping, resizing, placing objects, etc.

Next week, the students will move forward working with basic shapes, line segments, joining paths, combining shapes, pathfinder effect, raster vs vector and more.


Week 4…back in the swing of things…

This week we are starting off with Safety and Health. We will review standards and procedures on how to be safe in the computer lab, around equipment, etc. The students will complete a work packet and review for the test! The test will be Wednesday, January 24th for all classes! Every students must receive a 100%! This is a requirement to be able to move into Illustrator!

Since we missed last week, I will work them in while using and learning Illustrator.

We will start Illustrator after the safety test on Wednesday.

Mrs. H

Measurements, GOLDS, Elements and Principles of Design

Next week, January 16-19 the classes will learn measurements in Graphic Design, GOLDS (printing processes) and Principles of Design.

On Tuesday & Wednesday the students will learn about measurements in Graphic Design – Points and Picas! They will also learn about pictographs and come up with their own alphabet and create a sentence. We will show in class to see how well we can interpret their sentences.

Thursday – GOLDS (printing processes) we will review different printing processes and how far we come with digital printing. The students will work on a GOLDS worksheet to reinforce what they’ve learned.

Friday -We will wrap up the week with Principles of Design.

Next up…Safety and Health!

Until next time…have a great week!

Mrs. H

First Full Week of Spring Semester

It has been great getting to meet my new students. We have reviewed the syllabus, materials needed and mac 101. The supply list is on the syllabus which you can find on my blog.

Next week, we will start looking into careers in graphics, history of graphic design, ethics and math and measurements. The students will have a few projects in class during the week to help support what they are learning in class.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. H

Welcome to a New Semester!


It’s a new year and time for our new semester to begin! This is my second semester here at Harrison teaching Intro to Graphic Design. I’m excited to meet all of my new students starting their journey into learning and becoming Graphic Designers!

Please feel free to reach out to me by email at [email protected] and remember to report to advisement first! I look forward to meeting you all on Thursday!


Mrs. H



End of the Semester…

Since returning from Thanksgiving break, the students have worked in InDesign. They have created a newsletter which was 4 pages. They incorporated a name plate, folio, headlines, subhead, author to each article, they included images and how to wrap text around the images. The completed newsletter was 4 pages and printed in full color. The students worked hard on their layout and came up with some really great newsletters!

This led us into our final project for the semester that they will wrap up on Thursday of this week. Their portfolio which will show progression from the beginning of the semester, when they started in Illustrator, moved into Photoshop and wrapped up in InDesign.

The students will take a final test next week. We will review on Friday and Monday. I have informed all of the classes that this Friday, December 15th will be the last day I accept any late/missing assignments. I have given each of them more than enough time to submit and resubmit this assignments.

I’m still in a bit of shock and can’t believe how fast this semester has gone by…I’m really going to miss all of the students in the Intro classes. So much talent is these young ladies and men. So happy that several of them decided to move into the second level class…excited to see their talent grow!

Hope everyone has a restful and relaxing Holiday break!

Mrs. H

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of my students a safe and restful break!

I’ve given the students the last couple of days to rework projects/classwork to resubmit and work on missing assignments to make sure everyone can start with a solid foundation going into the last few weeks of the semester.

When we return we will start with a quick review of all the novel covers from each class and then jump right into InDesign. The students will learn how to create a layout in InDesign, place images, place text and use alignment and be able to use multiple page documents. This will be the final program they will learn during this semester.


Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Mrs. H