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Graphic Design Fundamentals

Graphic Design Fundamentals

Liberal High School Fall 2017


Teacher: Ms. F. Schievelbein



Graphic Design Fundamentals at Liberal is designed to follow the Kansas Department of Education’s Visual Arts Pathway Program.

             Graphic Design Fundamentals provides a basic understanding of the graphic design process. Topics include analyzing the design elements and principles, exploring industry tools, software and equipment and learning composition techniques to develop a quality product.

 (from the Graphic Design Fundamentals Document found at,AV,Technology,andCommunications.aspx )


Art Projects:  During the semester there will be several projects done during class time.  Class time projects will have to be made up if days are missed, even if the absences are excused.  Art skills and principles build on each other and successive assignments will require understanding of previous projects.  Read all handouts and ask questions to make sure the project objectives are understood.  ALL PROJECTS MUST BE HANDED IN ON THE DUE DATE.  Late projects can never earn full points.


                Class Critique: Students will be expected to participate in class critiques and commentaries     about the projects.

                Assignments:  With each Art Project there may or may not be additional assignments or             material covered including but not limited to Art History. 

                Tests:  Depending on project scheduling there will be tests during the semester and a final.


Sketchbook:  Each student will create an idea book.  These can be created using digital software (Photoshop, Illustrator/Paint) or using manual tools (pencils, pens, paper).


**Supplies needed:  At least one 4g or larger thumb drive (USB drive)


** Please remember students are responsible for any computer or equipment used in the Art classroom and for the Art classes.  If they break it they will be responsible for repairing or replacing the equipment.  This includes pencils, portfolios, brushes, pens, rulers or any other tool used.


Expected Class Behaviors:

            Be respectful of classmates, teachers, art tools and materials, building and rules.

            Everyone participates in class CLEAN-UP TIME – put everything back in its place and                                keep all areas (desks, sinks, counters, floors) picked up and clean.

            Pass materials and tools to others.  NO THROWING THINGS IN THE ART ROOM!

            Speak with kindness – no negativity or foul language, respect our differences.

            Do your BEST – Make your best effort and turn in work – minimal work equals a low                                 grade.  Not handing in an assignment is an automatic Zero and every day late is a                        10% reduction in grade.

            Practice, Practice, Practice is what makes one’s art better.  Do all Sketchbook Exercises.

            Keep an open mind for understanding of artworks – even if you don’t like it.

            Follow ALL expected School-Wide Behavior Guidelines.

            YOU are responsible for any equipment used in and for class from pencils to computers.

            If you miss a class you will need to make up lost time – talk to Ms. Schievelbein

            Talking is allowed only while working – Class time is when we work

            CELL PHONES NOT USED IN CLASS per school policy. 

            NO FOOD IN THE CLASSROOM!  Food residue on fingers and materials damages artwork.

            Everyone’s work is their own. NEVER COPY or CLAIM another person’s artwork as your                             own.  It will earn an instant Zero for the project.


Grades will be assessed using the Art Rubric & the Project’s unique set of Criteria. Each Project has a set of criteria to meet the State’s competency expectations for this course.


Your overall course grade will consist of the following types of assignments and approximate percentage breakdown:

Projects 45%

Sketchbooks 30%

Additional Assignments 15%

Tests/Quizzes 10%


Projects & skill development exercises are for the development of a student’s drawing skills & problem-solving abilities.


Participation & sketchbooks are for the development of a student’s leadership & communication skills as well as to develop the student in the area of employability, ethical responsibilities, health & safety habits.

Written Reflections are for the additional academic knowledge skills of adapting language for audience, composition of focused writing and analyzing.

This syllabus is a general planned schedule outline but may be changed if circumstances arise, such as but not limited to: missed school days or school wide events.  

ALL Students must have a USB Flash drive (Memory Stick) and Sketchbook


                                                            Sketchbook available from teacher for $2.00 (or Wal-mart)


The following are OPTIONAL items students may purchase/supply for their work.  If a student purchases supplies it is their responsibility to keep track of them.

White Polymer Eraser                                                                         Kneaded Eraser                                               



The following items are RECOMMENDED for everyday use in the Art Classroom.

Mechanical Pencils                                                          Pocket Folder