You’ve worked on some graphic design projects either for paid work, school assignments, or on your own. Now you need to showcase your talents so you can land a job, apply to art school or sell yourself to clients. You need to create a portfolio…
Why Do I Need a Digital Art Portfolio?
A portfolio is a showcase of the talent and creativity that you have to offer to who ever is looking at it. It needs to show that you are creative, but also reflect your attention to detail. It is similar to a resume, but showcasing artwork and accomplishments instead of experience.
How Do I Get Started?
- Create a New PAGE in WordPress
- Title: Semester 1 Portfolio
- Create the Following Sections. You may want to format them as Headers in Your Page. The Indented information is what will be included in each section.
- My Work
- Contains a Gallery of 4 projects showcasing a variety of your coursework. (Note: A professional portfolio would have around 12 projects, but as we are only half way through the year, we will be working toward that)
- Reflections on My Work
- Contains a paragraph Describing and Analyzing each of the pieces included in your gallery.
- Challenge Project
- Will include a screen cast and step by step explanation of how to complete a project of your choosing.
- Typing Certificate
- Contains a Certificate from TypingWeb showcasing your typing skills.
- My Work
Your portfolio should show who you are as a digital artists. Art schools look at your portfolio to learn more about your skills and also your personality. Use the following questions to help you decide what projects to include in your portfolio.
Include a picture for at least 4 of the 6 categories.
- Skills/Talents – What do you believe to be your BEST Project.
- Creativity – Which project showcases your most imaginative work
- Interests – Which project incorporates things that you enjoy?
- Ambition – Which project was the most challenging?
- Commitment – Which project took the longest to create?
- Preference – What was your favorite project of the year?
For each piece included, create a TIEA paragraph (4 paragraphs total). I recommend that you follow the guidelines below:
- T – Introduce the Project, what is it called, what is it about, etc. and what category does it fall into (Skills/Creativity/etc)
- I – How did you make the project, what programs, tools, strategies, inspiration did you use?
- E and A- Find examples/evidence in your art work that justify why you chose it for the category you did and explain those justifications.
- (ex. The monopoly project was the most challenging because I had to add in nearly 50 pictures. It shows that my ambition because I did not give up, and every square is filled in)
Prepare a ScreenCast to show how to do one of the following projects in photoshop. Upload to a youtube channel, using screencast o matic. Time limit is 15, but you can be shorter. Include step by step instructions with your screen cast.
- Choose one of the topics below.
- Plan Your Screencast
- Introduce your Topic
- Explain Step by Step how to do your project. (You should type out these steps as you will need to include them in your Portfolio.
- Keep in mind your visuals and what you are saying at each point
- Conclude with a summary of what you just taught.
- Record Your Screen Cast
- Publish your ScreenCast to YouTube
- User: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: greendot
- Add your video and the step by step instructions to your portfolio page in WordPress.
- It helps to work through the project once as a practice round (and write down all of the steps, so that you don’t miss any). Also try to address things that you know will be tricky for your viewers. A rubric is below. Keep in mind that the MAXIMUM time allowed on the free version is 15 minutes. But don’t feel as though you need to use the entire time.
- Creating Mazes in Scratch
- Creating games that keep score in Scratch
- Adding Posts, Pages, with content such as Pictures and Videos to WordPress (Make sure to emphasize the difference between posts and Pictures)
- Changing your theme in WordPress
- Creating a Gmail Account and sending an e-mail with an attachment
- Using Google Docs – Presentations/forms/drawing and sharing them with others
- Creating and Editing Text In Photoshop
- Combining multiple images in Photoshop
- How to draw (a sheep/car/other) in Photoshop.
- How to repair photo (See Assignment #13)
- How to do the Vegetable or Seashells Collage Project with Selection, Crop and Move Tools
- How to give someone extra eyes using the clone stamp and/or healing brush
- How to Recolor images in photoshop
- How to give yourself an extra finger and make it Look Real
- How to work from a Template in Photoshop (such as the Starbucks Cards, Monopoly Game or Nike Shoes
On the FINAL DAY of class we will complete the Typing Certificate at TypingWeb.com
- Login To TypingWeb.com
- Go to the Certification Section
- Complete the General Certification (5 sections)
- Good News: Only 5 pages, Bad News – No Breaks
- If you earned a certificate: click certify score, click view, enter your name, click update, click Print Certificate, Open the file that downloads, save SAVE A COPY as a JPEG and post it to WordPress as a part of your portfolio.
- Then answer the following questions with complete sentences as the caption to your post
- Do you believe that typing practice helped you grow into a faster typer? Why or why not?
- Did you reach the goal of 40 words per minute and have at least 85% accuracy?
Section 5: Semester 1 Exit Survey
|Screencast Rubric – modified from http://www.rcampus.com/rubricshowc.cfm?code=V36647&sp=yes&
Use this rubric to plan and evaluate your screencasts.
|4 Awesome Screencast
|3 Cool Screencast
|2 O.K. Screencast
|1- Re-do Screencast
|Introduction to Screencast – Say what you are going to do.||-Purpose of screencast clearly & creatively stated
-Draws the audience in with compelling questions or exciting hook.
-Screencaster(s) introduced clearly & creatively
|-Purpose of screencast is clearly stated
-Appeals to audience with a question or hook.
|-Purpose of screencast stated (but unclear)
-Lacks appeal or relevance for audience.
-Name stated, but not clear
|-Revise script to include the purpose of screencast
-Revise script to appear more interesting or relevant to audience.
-Make sure to include screencaster introduction
|Visual Quality||-Student finds creative ways to show or demonstrate the term on screen.-Extremely well-rehearsed, smooth delivery in a conversational style||-Every movement on screen has a purpose that supports the description of the term.-Well-rehearsed & almost always smooth delivery||-Some accidental or unrelated movements on-screen.
-Adequate rehearsal, but sometimes mechanical
|-Re-record screencast with movements or actions that support the term.-Practice your presentation until it doesn’t sound like you are reading
-Make sure your voice sounds expressive & rhythmic
|Timing of Presentation||-Screencast length keeps the audience interested & engaged.||-Screencast length is just right (not too long, not too short)||-Screencast length is adequate.||-Rehearse some more. Cut down or add on to best use screencast technology.-Speed up or slow down but make sure it stays audible.|
|Professionalism||-All spoken sentences are grammatically correct.
-No slang or short-hand.
|-Some errors in grammar.
-Some slang or short-hand.
|-3 or 4 grammatical errors
-Grammar or slang interfere with viewers’ comprehension of the term.
|-Need to edit out 5 or more grammatical errors
-Re-record to ensure speech is clear and comprehensible.