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


A Novel Approach…

Wow! Time is flying…and it is finally starting to feel like fall! 🙂

On Monday, we will start our A Novel Approach. The students will see what it is like to be like a true graphic designer working on a book cover. They will be given a synopsis of a book and title. They will need to research and get the feel of what the book is about from the synopsis and create a book cover. The will have 3 working days to complete the project – due date Wednesday, November 15th at the end of class.

Thursday and Friday are catch up days in class. The students will be able to complete missing assignments/projects that they are improving or have yet to turn in. They have until 3:30pm on Friday, November 17th to turn any missing assignment. After this time I will not accept an assignment from the first 12 weeks.

I hope everyone has a restful and joyous time with family during the Thanksgiving break!

Mrs. H

Be the Ad and more on Photoshop

The students will be wrapping up their tutorials on vignettes and double exposure images. They have time to complete missing assignments and get up to date.

Tuesday is a teacher work day! No homework.

The students will work on tutorials and practice different effects in Photoshop. Friday, they will go back to Illustrator to refresh some simple skills/tools they’ve learned earlier this semister.

Until next week….

Mrs. H

Be the Ad…Photoshop and Illustrator

This week the students will use what they’ve learned in Photoshop and Illustrator to recreate an ad from scratch. Nothing borrowed from the internet. You must have a logo, text, image of person (you) and background. The idea with images need to be approved by me before you begin.

This project is worth 2 test grades. This will be one of your biggest projects for this semester. Please take your time and really work hard. I can’t wait to see your creativity come to life!

Next week, more Photoshop learning vignettes and masking.

Photoshop – Fantasy Animal & Multiple Me

Exciting week for the students working in photoshop. Creating their fantasy animal and voting for the most creative, realistic combo animal. Congratulations to my class winners – Block 1 – Lawrence Shadd, Block 2 – Noah Schelling, Block 3 – Matthew Karnatz and Block 4 – Ian Duncan.

The classes are wrapping up the week with their multiple me project. The students took five different photos of themselves to try and tell a story once the put all of their pictures into one image. I’m exciting to see how creative they are with this project.


Next week, they will be assigned BE THE AD…details to come Monday!

Have a great weekend!

Photoshop – how it works…

We will continue to learn the different tools within photoshop to let the student be more creative with their projects. They will learn the color replacement tool vs the paint brush blending option vs adjustment layers hue/saturation. I will explain how important it is to duplicate layers to make sure they do not ruin your original digital photo.

They will work on two in class projects this week (this may have to be adjusted since we have PSAT on Wednesday and only a half day on Thursday). One will be of themselves and the second they will be working on the pop art project. I am looking forward to seeing how creative they will get with these new projects and the more they get comfortable using Photoshop.


Have a great week!

Mrs. H