Design & Illustration Program

Art & Humanities Academy

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center

Instructor: Lisa Rader (gro.cchap|redarl#gro.cchap|redarl, 382.1012 ext. 1044)

Meeting time: 12:10 - 2:10, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Wed. remote work)

CCV Course: ART-1111-VC02: Graphic Design I (Enroll Spring 2019: 1/22-5/6)

Class Motto: “Art People Use.”

Description Design & Illustration is a one-year graphic design and illustration program. Through projects, students create illustrations and 2-D designs intended to communicate with an audience.

This program is designed to have students apply their ideas to real-world scenarios and explore careers in the arts. Students create portfolio-ready work through the use of traditional materials (charcoal, watercolor, pastel, etc.) as well as non-traditional materials (spray paint, collage, experimental art media) in combination with technology (computers, digital cameras and scanner, electronic drawing tablets) using industry-recognized software such as Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator). Careers in the arts are investigated and students complete a variety of tasks to prepare them for their professional lives. The program culminates with a professional-ready, physical, 'hard copy' portfolio and a digital portfolio. Top performing students receive dual enrollment credit through Community College of Vermont.

The year is dedicated to four main art disciplines and how they apply to design and illustration problems:

Foundations of Art Making & Thinking: Drawing

Printmaking & Color Theory

Typography & Text as Art

'Remix/Remake' & Portfolio Completion

Each student gets his/her own computer and user account.

Credits one embedded fine art and two program credits upon completion of the one-year program. Dual enrollment credit may be received through CCV (Community College of Vermont); details will be reviewed in class. View more info. about CCV/HCC Dual Enrollment Program

Philosophy Emphasis is placed on learning the creative process, personal expression and cultivating a vibrant imagination. No two student works look alike and no two students arrive at the end result in the same way. Traditional art materials are used in non-traditional and new ways and are combined with computer approaches. Experimental approaches are encouraged.

Class Guidelines

Through democratic process you will set the studio classroom guidelines, which will be stated at the front of the classroom. These guidelines ensure that each student can work to have a studio environment in which they can thrive. They will also be the guidelines that are used in the foundations class.

In short:
1. Show up, on time, ready to start work at the beginning of class
2. Be prepared to work (mind and body)
3. Have assignments ready (at the time they are to be ready)
4. Respect yourself and others (people and spaces)


Our school assesses student achievement using proficiency-based grading on a four point scale. Assessments may be found by accessing the class wiki site or accessing your JumpRope (online grade book) account. Information will be sent home later in the school year on how to access your grade report online. Until then, if you want to see your progress, see your teacher and she/he will print out a report for you. Because the Hannaford Career Center is its own school, you will not be able to access the VisCom class through your home school portal.

Students' final assessments will be based on the following learning target areas:

1) Research & Test

2) Ideate & Develop

3) Create & Evaluate

4) Complete

5) Connect & Relate

Detailed learning target statements can be found on the attached/linked document 'VisCom Learning Targets'

Late and Missing Work:

Meeting deadlines is crucial in the world of work. It is expected that you will make every effort to turn in work on deadline. Should you miss a deadline, it will be adversely reflected in your Habits of Work assessment. You have two weeks to make up late or missing work (unless otherwise arranged with your teacher). If you need help making up the work, see your teacher to create a plan for completion — we want every student to succeed!

Odds and Ends:

All work will be deleted from the school server and from the students' individual computers at the end of the year. The student is responsible for saving any important files!

Student Resources & Opportunities:

• FREE student handbooks are available in the classroom or through the HCC Guidance Office.

All homework or in-class assignment sheets will be available ONLINE at:

• Students can receive extra help before and after class. Arrangements may be made with the teacher for students to use the Vis. Com. computer lab during a study hall if the student is a MUHS student or a home schooled student.

• Mr. Adaman and Ms. Payne are available in room A202 when Ms. Rader is not available or the classroom is locked. The classroom lab there has the Adobe Creative Suite software that we use in our VisCom classroom.

• HCC has a Guidance Counselor (Ms. Logee, x1007) that is available for additional career and college counseling. She is happy to meet with students and/or parents.

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