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Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education. _Most of the students graduating from the program _continue their education.
 

Steve Bross

Commercial Art Instructor

sbross@cmths.org

610-277-2301x332

Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

www.cmths.org

610-277-2301

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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ADOBE 1/2
Photoshop

ALBUM COVER DESIGN PROJECT

OVERVIEW:

The Return of Vinyl Records!

Vinyl records, a format that was once considered old and outdated is now new and trendy again. Over the last 10 years, there has been a large increase in vinyl album sales due to collectors of classic vinyl as well as today's popular music artists offering their new recordings on limited edition vinyl. Equally as important are the advances in technology like USB record players that play and record vinyl albums to MP3 format making old recordings into a new clearer, digital format. Personally, I like the hiss and crackle of the original vinyl recordings...

 

Assignment 1: Idea
Research, Brainstorming, and Roughs. You are responsible to submit thumbnails and rough sketches to give the instructor an idea of what you want to accomplish. You must hand in multiple thumbnails and then a completed rough from your best idea selected by you and the instructor. You cannot move on to Assignment 2: until this is complete. Take a look at new vinyl records as well as class designs from famous artists. This is the time to think of what genre/artist you're going to focus on. You have a variety of choices:

  • Hip-Hop/Rap

  • Classic/Hard Rock/Metal

  • R&B/Blues

  • Pop/Top 40

  • Etc, Etc

You must also consider the type of album:

  • A greatest hits album  

  • A follow-up to an existing album

  • Rare tracks/B-sides

  • Theme album (Live recording/Concept/Soundtrack/Holiday or Party)

 

Assignment 2: Create your album!

Once you have you idea, it's time to design. Create your album designs using Photoshop, Illustrator, and even hand drawn images that can be scanned in.You can also use Photography to combine with other mediums. You are only limited by your imagination. YOU MUST USE AT LEAST 2 MEDIUMS. For example:

  • You can use a drawing scanned into Photoshop and adding filters to the images (drawing + computer)

  • Finding images online and bringing them into Illustrator to draw on top of (photo + illustrator)

  • You can take photographs and do creative effects in Photoshop (photo + photoshop)

 

Assignment 3: Final Layout

Take your various designs and create a final presentation with all of you pieces on one document. Be creative, maybe you can find pictures of record shops or record players on a table to put into your final design.

 

 

Goal - Complete the final ad to the level of professional finish. This level of work is what is called your final design and layout, this should be done at your best level...PORTFOLIO

- The Album front and back sizes are 12"X12" inches square @ 150dpi

- If you're making a record sleev you need to find a high-resolution image of a record. The record and sleeve are also 12"X12" @ 150dpi

- For the poster design, it is on 11"X17" paper. The file size is 11"X17" @150dpi.

- Stock Images can be pulled from the Web and need to be at least 1000 pixels wide or high

- Photoshop may be used to enhance the photo's you take or get from the Internet

- You must combine multiple mediums (ex: traditional art + computer)

- Combine your designs into one final presentation on an 11"X17" paper. The file size is 11"X17" @150dpi.

 

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FIRST YEAR STUDENTS:

Album Cover Front and Back + Record with Sleeve

Create an image for the front of the album. It should include the band name on the front. You will also create a design for the back of the album. The design can carry over from the front or be different. For example, the band can be on the front and the back can have pictures a concert hall they recorded the album at. You must have a song list that includes an "A" and "B" side. 4 to 6 songs for each side will do fine. In addition to creating the front and back of your album, you also need to create a record sleeve that the record fits into to prevent scratches. The theme of the sleeve should be the same as the front and back of the album and you want to have a record near or coming out of the sleeve to show what it's for. Do not copy the front of your album and paste it on the sleeve!

 

EXTRA TIME:

Internet promotional Splash Page + T-Shirt + Billboard Design

If you have the time you may continue on with this campaign.

The web pages must be 1920X1080 pixels @72dpi.

The Billboard size is 8"X16" inches @150Dpi

HOMEWORK:

Assessment:

Students must be prepared to make a major commitment. It is our assumption that students entering the program are here to lay a foundation for a career in a design field and will be required to meet rigorous and stringent standards. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, are required as is the ability to read and analyze. Serious students will find that the program will provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the job market or advance in education.

 

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Year Two, Project Overview:

- Artist  MC Escher

Develop a reflective pencil drawing using the style of MC Escher. The drawing should show an understanding of the style of this artist and Surrealism movement. The work must have a reflection in it. For example, a self-portrait looking into a chrome door handle, other reflective surfaces like plastic and glass (store window). Also raindrops and puddles work well. You may work from pictures that you've taken for the assignment.

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Experimental Project:
Project Name: Monchromatic Portrait

Project Overview: 

Monochromatic painting can teach artists powerful lessons about how light and color can create shapes in a composition. Painting in various shades of a single color can inform and improve your more advanced, color-rich work by helping you identify contrast versus relying on hue to build a piece.

 

This exercise will teach you how to paint in monochrome in a simple, controlled method: by making your own paint by numbers piece. It’s not only a fun project, but it will teach you valuable lessons about composition, contrast, and shape.

 

While acrylic is the medium used for this tutorial, you could easily replicate the effects using any opaque or semi-opaque paint, such as gouache, tempera or oil paint. Watercolor paint is not suggested due to its natural translucence and variation of color.

 

Specifications: Using the supplied materials create a monochromatic portrait of a friend or family member.

 

EXAMPLES