Projects

Overall Objective: Students will create a Sketch Book Journal and complete the daily drawing lessons. Inspire sketching / Journaling as well as re-enforcing speed drawing and still life drawing. Still Life Drawing Class: Students will create a sketch book in class that will hold all of the weeks still life assignments. Student will be required to draw 7 different […]

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Using this exemplar rubric student will be designing their own custom optical illusion design. This design will test the ability of each student to develop forms that look as if they are jumping off of the page. This organic design takes precision, concentration, & creativity. The student will be graded on use of:  line & form, color […]

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      This design will automatically be entered into next years CP cover planner competition. The middle school staff will be selecting 4 designs from this years 6th and 7th grade class to have a chance to be on the cover of next years planner. This would mean your art work will be published! […]

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The American Academy Parker campus will open an art exhibition featuring all middle school artwork at the Parker campus beginning January 25, on view until February 12. The art exhibit will feature nearly 250 works by all students, including pen & ink illustration, pencil shading drawings & graphic design. Please feel free to stop by […]

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I recently received a great tutorial suggestion from a reader named Brigid who asked if I could create a guide to creating an origami style illustration. We’ll use Adobe Illustrator to tackle this design for its advanced shape editing abilities and make particular use of Smart Guides to perfectly align our vector paths. Once the […]

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How to Create a Semi-Realistic Apple Watch Illustration in Illustrator What You’ll Be Creating In the following steps you will learn how to create a semi-realistic Apple Watch illustration in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to create the metallic frame and the screen using simple rectangles, basic vector shape building techniques and […]

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Parents & Students, If you would like to participate in Original Works Art Room Fundraiser and did not receive a green baggy containing the paper and order forms. Please contact Mr. Riggs asap and he will give you a packet with blank paper. Return all of your orders by October 25, 2013 to the front […]

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2015 Douglas Co. District Winners for American Academy

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After some trial and error I’ve come up with a 3 step process that ends in a nice effect that works on just about any portrait. Here’s a look at what we’ll be creating. I’ve used an assortment of watercolor brushes available here at WeGraphics, including the free set linked below.   Step 1 – […]

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8th Grade students @ American Academy were given the opportunity to create some commercial design and they knocked it out of the park… The students in the photograph did the photo shoot for each product. Nice work!

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How to Draw Realistic Hair You just might be wondering “I’ve mastered realistic bodies, but gosh! How do I do hair?” These simple steps with help you make your creations have realistic hair Steps After you draw a simple head and shoulders think about what type of hair style you want your creation to have […]

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Dear  Students When studying for your web terminology exam please be familiar and understand the information provided below. I have personally formatted the exam around the info I have posted on this page. The exam will be 20 multiple-choice questions. worth 100 points.

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  Traditionally the double exposure effect is produced by photographers using nothing but their camera to combine two separate photographs to create an abstract and surreal image. However, we can also mimic the effect in Photoshop, which actually gives us more control over the final output with the ability to adjust and preview the effect […]

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Have you ever wondered what Mister Riggs does for a living besides teaching art & design. Since 2004 I have run my own small business branding company. You could say it is a passion of mine. My wife and I develop websites, host, logo development, and design anything else that might help a small business succeed. We love what […]

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  The effect we’ll be creating in this tutorial is a realistic topographic map. My original tutorial involved manually drawing the outlines, but this new technique generates much more complex designs with ease. I’ll also show how you can customise the effect to create a range of map styles, and convert the design into a […]

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  1. START WITH A GOOD PHOTO. Find an photo that I was happy with. Using Photo Booth.. (Photo booth) 2. SET UP YOUR ILLUSTRATOR FILE. Create a new Illustrator file. Since this was going to be used as an avatar, I used a web profile. I also set up my artboard at 600×600 pixels. Perhaps one of […]

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Students are instructed to create a logo using there initials. RULES 1. Students create a square in Ai with a dimension of 4″ by 4″. 2. In that square students create a vector design using their  initials. 3. Students must create a powerful design using the limitations of the square as their boundaries. Powerful means: […]

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8th Grade {Eye} Project we can all probably draw the human eye, we draw the oval shape with the iris and pupil. I consider that to be a basic sketch of the eye. Before you draw a realistic eye you must first study what it really is. I will post a closeup picture of an […]

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    Photography Club Dates in January 2015  Class begins every day at 3:35 & Ends at 4:35    A few items about the club:  Starts at 3:35 sharp after school. Ends at 4:35 Sharp after school. I will take all students down to the main office and dismiss to their cars from that location. I […]

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