Happy Holloween – Intro to Pixels

    • Objective: Student will understand the concept of a pixel and use the pencil brush tool to create a pixilated replica of a picture.
      • What: Explore the concept of a Pixel and begin working on {PFinal – Pixelated}
      • Why: Pixels are essential in how we view digital art, creating a pixelated replica allows us to “travel back in time”.
      • What if: You will be successful if you select the image that you want to pixelate, and begin exploring methods for pixelating this project by hand and in photoshop.


  1. Typing Practice
  2. Intro To Pixels Presentation
  3. Assignment #16 {PFinal_Pixelated}
    1. Select the initial image you want to Pixelate (you may use a photo or google images)
    2. Use these instructions-FILE!
    3. Save as 16_Pixels#_Name as a .PSD to your digital arts folder.  ALWAYS SAVE THIS PROJECT AS A .PSD until you are ready to post to wordpress.
    4. Copy and Paste your Photo into the file
      1. Use CTRL+T and Layer Options to Align it Under the grid in the appropriate size.
    5. Use Graph Paper to create a hand drawn pixelated version of your photo.
    6. Use the Pencil Tool to fill in each grid to create a pixelated effect.
    7. What will be due:
      1. 1 Hand Drawn Pixelated Image
      2. New Post: {PFinal-Pixelated}
        1. 3-5 Photoshopped Pixelated Images that are all part of one theme.
        2. Hide all layers except for the drawing layers, then save the image as a JPEG.
        3. You may create a Gallery, or combine all of the pictures into one image (in photoshop).
        4. Caption:  TBA

The Six Fingered Hand…


  • Using a photo of their own hands, students will apply the lasso tool and transformation tools to create selections, duplicate layers, resize objects, and rotate objects.
    • What: Making our six fingered hand
    • Why: To develop our skills at editing and manipulating photos.
    • How: Incorporate the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, Selection and Layer tools to make a realistic image in photoshop.
    • What if: You will know if you are successful you are able to create and publish a realistic 6-fingered hand.


  1. Typing Practice at TypingWeb.com
  2. Status Update – Google Form
  3. Intro To Layers and the Magnetic Lasso – Demo File
  4. Assignment #15-6 Fingered Hands
    1. If you need a sample hand (because your photo is gone, click here)
  5. Work Time: (Work on your hands)
      1. Communication – Voice Levels 1-2 Whisper and low volumes.  Only audible in your helicopter zone.
      2. Help – Ask your helicopter zone or raise your hand for Mr. Levin  – “Mr. Levin, I need assistance with ________________(be specific)
      3. Activity – Assignment #14 – Working in Photoshop
      4. Movement – Let Mr. Levin know if you need to get up for any reason.
      5. Participation – Work on the photoshop projects, help your neighbors, follow the instructions below to remain on task.
  6. Post your 6-Fingered Hand to WordPress {P5-6 Fingered Hand}
    1. Include a credit line: ArtistName/ArtName/DateCreated/ProgramUsed/City
    2. Caption:
      1. Option 1: Imagine if someone was blind, describe your picture to them using as much detail as you can.
      2. Option 2: Provide step by step instructions on how you created your six finger hand in photoshop.  Be as detailed as you can.
  7. Challenge Project (Up to 10 pts extra credit)
    1. Using what you learned in assignment 14, find an animal picture on Google and change it to have extra heads, limbs or other body parts, or combine it with another animal.
    2. Post to WordPress as {PExtra-Animals} with an explanation of how you created your project.
  8. Finished Early or Need a Break?  Choose one of the following activities:
  • Homework for another class
  • Read a book
  • kahnacademy.org practice (Remember, each 10,000 points is a bonus point for this class)
  • Typing Practice/Typing Games
  • Contribute to the Things To Draw/Write Books

Monsters in Photoshop


  • Given a four guiding questions and access to the Tim Burton online gallery, students will create a 6-8 sentence art critique and post it to their WordPress.
  • Students willintegrate a variety of photo adjustment tools (healing brush, clone stamp, smudge) to transform a picture of themselves into a monster and add a 6thfinger to their hand in Photoshop.
    • What: Today we will explore Tim Burton’s Monsters in his gallery, then use photoshop to create our own monsterous face and hand.
    • Why: With holloween approaching, we can use the skills we are learning in photoshop to create and critque  scary artwork.
    • How: We will use a form to design our critique, and the Healing Brush, Clone Stamp and Layer tools in photoshop to complete the assigned tasks for today.
    • What if: You will know if you are successful you are able to post edited photos to photoshop as a gallery, along with your paragraph critique of  your choice of Tim Burton’s artwork.



  1. Typing Practice at TypingWeb.com
  2. Make sure you have your photos saved to your computer.
  3. Check out the Tim Burton Online Gallery
  4. Create an Art Critique following all four steps
    1. [P4 – Monsters]
    2. Complete this form, then copy and paste all of your answers to make a paragraph as your post.
    3. Publish the Post, but leave it open because you will post parts of Assignment 14 to this post.
  5. Assignment #14 – Monsters and 6-Fingered Hands
    1. Work Time: (Start on Monster, If finished try to figure out the hand)
      1. Communication – Voice Levels 1-2 Whisper and low volumes.  Only audible in your helicopter zone.
      2. Help – Ask your helicopter zone or raise your hand for Mr. Levin  – “Mr. Levin, I need assistance with ________________(be specific)
      3. Activity – Assignment #14 – Working in Photoshop
      4. Movement – Let Mr. Levin know if you need to get up for any reason.
      5. Participation – Work on the photoshop projects, help your neighbors, follow the instructions below to remain on task.

Finished Early or Need a Break?  Choose one of the following activities:

  1. Homework for another class
  2. Read a book
  3. kahnacademy.org practice (Remember, each 10,000 points is a bonus point for this class)
  4. Typing Practice/Typing Games
  5. Contribute to the Things To Draw/Write Books

P3 – Basic Photo Corrections

Objective: Students will use the clone stamp and spot healing brush to repair two photos and post them to WordPress as a Gallery or Slideshow.


  1. Typing Practice
  2. Watch the Dove Commercial  (Is this good for society?)
  3. New Vocabulary – Add On to your Glossary Page  (Dashboard, Pages, All Pages, Edit)
    1. Healing Brush – You can use this tool to repair scratches and imperfections on images. It blends the damaged area with a source (ALT).
    2. Clone Stamp – Copies source (ALT) information from the first selected area to the second.
    3. Jpeg – File type most often used for photos and when publishing other files as images to the web.
  4.  We Do – Two Tutorials
    1. Using the Clone Stamp to repair this torn photo and remove the sprinklers with the spot healing brush.
    2. Using the healing brush – Natural Healing
  5. Challenge – The Rock Climber
    1. Challenge: Remove the graffiti and holes in the rocks using the spot healing brush and clone stamp tools.  (Click the Challenge link then SAVE then OPEN the file)
      1. Remove the holes in the rocks (on both sides) and the graffiti (DJ)
        1. Use the Clone Stamp or the Spot Healing Brush
  6. New Post: {P3 – Photo Corrections}
    1. Save all 3 as Jpegs and post them to WordPress as a SlideShow.
    2. Watch (again) and Write – Do you think using photoshop is moral (right or wrong)?
    3. Caption: One TIEA Paragraph (6-8 sentences)
    4. Publish your post
  7. Getting Ready for Next Class:  Take a picture of your self and upload it to your Digital Arts Folder.
  8. HW: Bring a picture of yourself if you did not take one in class today.

Selections in Photoshop


Students will the quick select, crop and move tools to make create a collage out of separated images.


  • Typing Practice
  • Finish and Self-Score and Peer Score your post from P1
  • New Vocab – Add on to the Glossary page(Layer, Move Tool, Selection, Marquee, Lasso)
    • 5th Period needs to get words from last class as well.
    • Introduction to Selections and Discussion of Vocab.
  • Assignment#12 – Selections in Photoshop
    • You Will Need this Start File
    • Annotate the Tutorial as you follow along.
      • Circle Key Terms
      • Ask Questions
      • Talk to the text
      • Box main ideas
      • Highlight/Underline key steps
  • Start Files
  • Post your finished collage with the following Caption:
    • Caption – Explain what each of these tools does, what are they useful for, and why would you want to use them.  (Move Tool,  Quick Select, Ctrl+D, and Crop)


Welcome to Photoshop

Objective:  Students will experiment with basic Photoshop tools to draw a sheep facing to the left and Critique the Artwork using 4 steps in a new post.


  1. Typing Practice – Focus on shift key, accuracy and not looking at the keys!
  2. Finalize and Close Google Unit
    1. Here is a Sample Grading Form for the Google Final Essay
  3. Move ALL files into a Q1 Folder inside Digital Arts
    1. New Seats for Some Periods
  4. Introduce Photoshop Interface
    1. Reset Settings
    2. Default WorkSpace
    3. Navigate ZOOM/Pan
  5. Introduce Photoshop KEY Vocabulary (Top 5 Words) – Create a New Page “Glossary” for Important Vocabulary!  (Images are encouraged as supplements to your definitions)
    1. .psd
    2. Default Workspace
    3. Zoom
    4. Pan
    5. “Upload as a .jpeg to WordPress”,
    6. Credit Line – Artist Name/Title/Year/Medium/Size/Location
  6. Project – Create a New File
    1. 11_Sheep_YourName
    2. Preset: Default Photoshop Size
    3. Click OK
  7. Use the Brush tool and Color Picker to Draw a Sheep Facing to the Left or a CAR Facing to the Right?
    1. Save File as a .jpeg  (note: this is only for finished projects, and it decreases the quality)
  8. Collective Artwork – Arron Koblin
    1. Flight Paths
    2. The Sheep Project
    3. Want to learn more – Watch The Ted Talk here
  9. How to Critique Artwork:
    1. Description, Organization, Interpretation, Judge
      1. What do I see? How is the work organized? What message does this artwork communicate to you? Is this a successful work of art?
    2. Find Something in Arron Koblin’s Gallery – And watch/experience a lot of it.
  10. New Blog Post [P1 – Sheep and a Critique]
    1. Upload your Sheep or Car as a .jpg to WordPress and include a modified Credit Line
      – Artist Name/Artwork Title/Creation Year/Medium (Digital Image)
    2. Caption is your Critique of Koblin’s Artwork
      1. Topic Sentences–Describe what you see, who is the artist, what is the title of the art, when was it made, what type of materials, etc.
      2. Information about the Art–How is this work organized – What shapes, colors, sizes, effects, patterns, etc do you notice
      3. (Evidence/Examples)–Interpret the message – Why was this art created, what makes it worth spending time?  What components of it are specially significant?
      4. Analysis/Judge the Art – What do you think?  Is this art successful (aesthictically pleasing, awe inspiring, sends a strong message)  Why or why not?
  11. Finished Early – Check out The Exquisite Forest and try to make your own contribution.

Vance/Rogers Agenda

GFinal – Is Google Evil

  1. Objective:  Students will integrate knowledge of Google Forms and WordPress to publish their 5 paragraph essay to WordPress as a new post, complete with conclusion and bibliography.
  2. October Typing Test (Midterm)
  3. Show Mr Levin your score, then complete this form:
  4. Google Form Gallery Walk
    1. Fill out as many forms as you can in 10 minutes!  Try to get everyone.
    2. We will go over how to review your data AND edit your form.
  5. Create a New Post: GFinal – Is Google Evil?
  6. Copy and Paste all of your G2-G6 (except G4) posts into the final post.
  7. Review your posts then create a conclusion paragraph that answers the following questions.
    • SO WHAT?
    • NOW WHAT?
  8. Add on a biliography then get the MLA Citations for the following sources from easybib.com
    1. Google Privacy Policy – http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/
    2. Is Google making us Stoopid? – http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/upfront/debate/index.asp?article=d100410
    3. If you quoted anything in your paragrapghs, you must do an in text citation
      1. Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name).
  9. At the very end of your essay – Embed this code so that we can give feedback on these easily

    1. Essay Closure – Give/Get Feedback On Essays – Pick two people from this period to skim their essay and give feed back using the form.

Is Google Making us Stupid?

Students will analyze part of a news article to determine if using google is making us stupid.


  1. Typing Practice (Short) – Typing Test is Next Class.  (Easiest MIDTERM ever!)
  2. Test your link here – if it doesn’t work, compete the form at the bottom.
  3. Video:  Does google discourage deep thinking?
  4. Read The Article and think about if you agree or disagree with what Carr or Norvig is arguing and why.  Then create a post (G6-Does Google Make us Stupid) and answer with a counter-argument paragraph that includes the following(You may use the frame below or create your own paragraph)
    1. Topic Sentence: Many people [believe/argue/feel/think/suppose/etc.] that [state the counter-argument here]
    2. Introduce Evidence: For example, [Author] has written, [title] to argue [summarize their argument]
    3. Rebuttal: However, [explain why they are wrong]
    4. Analysis: Connect this paragraph with your ORIGINAL THESIS
  5. Click here for the Is Google Making Us Stoopid?

Next Class:

Organizing it into a rough draft with a conclusion, bibliography and so on.  You will read your own “essay” and at least two other students’ essays and provide feedback so that they can finalize it by Monday.

Is Google Taking over the World?

Objective:  Students will use Google Forms to collect information in the same style and determine if google is truly trying to control the world.


  1. Typing Practice
  2. Go to http://drive.google.com and revise your Privacy Policy Presentation.
    1. Make Sure to complete the last slide as a group!
    2. Then revise your Posts for G3 and G2 as necessary
  3. Check your Grades on PowerSchool then complete this GoogleForm.
    1. View and Analyze the Results.
  4. Make Your own google form at Drive.Google.com
    1. Make sure to include a title.
    2. Your form must have 5 total questions.
    3. Include at least 3 different TYPES of questions
    4. Select a Theme for your form.
    5. Embed your form onto your WordPress Site (G4 – Google Forms)
    6. Gallery Walk of Forms – Fill out as many as you can in ten minutes
    7. How to view and analyze the data.
    8. Edit your post, underneath your form summarize the responses.
      1. How many responses did you get?
      2. What patterns did you notice?
      3. Did anything surprise you?
  5. News Flash – Google Updates Privacy Policy (BE AWARE THIS IS FAKENEWS)
  6. New Post (G5 – Body Paragraph)
    1. Create a solid body paragraph that supports your argument for Is Google Evil?
    2. Focus on one topic, but be sure to include information, evidence and analysis.
    3. If you use online sources, be sure to include a link to the sources, later we will look at creating a bibliography.

G3 – Google Docs and Your Private Information

Objectice:  Students will collaborate to create a Google Presentation summarizing Google’s Privacy Policy.


  1. Typing Practice
  2. Get caught up from yesterday:
  3. Today:  Introduction to Google Drive
    1. Docs
    2. Spreadsheets
    3. Presentations
  4. Group Project
    1. Create a Google Presentation summarizing the
    2. Click Here for Presentation, then click File Make a Copy
    3. We will go over the Introduction together, then you will work as group to do the other 3 sections.  Recommendation:  1 pair take each section.
  5. G3 – Google’s Privacy Policy
    1. T – Talk about the privacy policy
    2. I – Introduce the evidence or give more information
    3. E – Give examples or quotes from the source (privacy policy)
    4. A – How does your evidence support your answer to the question IS GOOGLE EVIL?