Think. Plan. Create... One Portfolio Piece At Time.

Two Week Assignments:

​The Main Assignment Is worth 100 Points - (Example - Adobe Illustrator Project)

The goal of the Main Assignment is to develop the core skills of the program. During the 2 week section, these projects will require the majority of your time. We have approximately 2 hours in class 5 days a week for a total of 20 hours. The projects are structured to allow you the time to push your creativity and develop a portfolio piece. Most of these projects are designed around using the technology in the program.

The Homework Assignment Is worth 75 Points - (Example - Drawing From Observation)

The goal of the Homework Assignment is to develop the traditional skills of the program. All of these projects are structured to allow you the time to push your creativity and develop a portfolio piece at home. All of these projects are designed so you don't need anything more than the traditional supplies i.e; pencils, markers, paints, etc.


The Exploratory Assignment Is worth 50 Points - (Example - Positive & Negative Space)

The goal of the Exploratory Assignment is to develop the traditional skills of the program. All of these projects are structured to allow you the time to push your creativity and play around with different mediums and concepts outside of the program task list. All of these projects are designed to explore and have fun learning or trying something new.

Section Overview:

The mission of the Visual Communications Program is to inspire, educate, and fully prepare our students to become exceptional artists & designers.  Through a unified curriculum that incorporates a broad spectrum of disciplines integrating art, technology, and academics, our students are prepared to go on to college and careers with industry-standard mastery in the major of their choice.  With a commitment to promoting strong ethical values and professional demeanor, we strive to foster a sense of community among our students, staff, and parents.

Section One - Day  1 - Orientation

Classroom Policies:

The following are rules that are supplemental to those in the student handbook and apply specifically to behaviors and situations within the Visual Communications classroom:


The school internet/intranet policy will be strictly observed.  Computers are not to be used for amusement purposes. Absolutely no music or games may be downloaded to a computer. Any internet searches should directly relate to an assignment. Failure to observe computer regulations may result in suspension of a student’s computer privileges.


Day's 6 & 7

Day's 2 & 3

Shading Technigues:

Pencil sketching has long been a popular art form, and it’s no wonder why. Sketching with a pencil is versatile, portable, and requires only a few basic art supplies. With just a few tools you can create an incredibly detailed and beautiful work of art.


There are many styles in which you can sketch with a pencil, all ranging from simplistic lines to complex drawings and sketches. Learning a variety of different sketching techniques can take your pencil drawings to a whole new level, bringing greater depth and refinement to the artwork you create. Here, we share a variety of pencil sketching techniques to try in your next creation. Read on to discover our top sketching tips and techniques.

Career Task List:

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via illustrations and other forms of printed media. Includes instruction in concept design, layout, paste-up and techniques such as engraving, etching, silkscreen, lithography, offset, drawing and cartooning, painting, collage and computer graphics.

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Basic Shading:

If you want to master pencil shading techniques, it will take some practice. This is because different pencils create marks that are noticeably different from one another, and understanding which pencil does what is extremely important.


My best advice to learn shading is to go out and experiment with multiple pencils and explore different methods. In this article I'll share my insight to help clarify the learning process. Hopefully you'll be inspired to try shading with intent – and create drawings by employing a range of shading techniques.

Career Paths:

There are jobs to do with art and design in many industries, whether you actually want a career as an artist or designer yourself or would prefer to look after works by important artists or help others appreciate art.


Art careers come in all shapes and sizes. There are art industry jobs creating original works, selling and promoting them, and displaying them to the public in museums and galleries. There are jobs teaching others about art and jobs helping people to express themselves through art.

There are also lots of art related jobs outside the world of art. Artistic vision and design skills are needed in areas such as architecture, fashion, media, film and theatre. Here we're concentrating on visual art and design careers, but take a look at the rest of the arts and creative careers section if you’re interested in other areas such as writing, acting or music.

Day's 8 & 9

Test - Overview Information

Basic Pencils:

Pencil makers use abbreviations to indicate the type of graphite used in each pencil. Although they sometimes vary by brand, the abbreviations usually follow a basic formula.

Pencils are marked with H's and B's: the H means hard and the B means black. These letters can be used alone or in combination with one another, such as the HB pencil. The HB is equivalent to the American Number 2 pencil you've used for years. A Number 1 pencil is the same as a B pencil.

Many pencils also have a number associated with them. This indicates the degree of hardness or blackness the graphite produces. Pencils are graded from 9H to 2H, H, F, HB, B, and 2B to 9XXB. Not all pencil makers produce every grade.

Day's 4 & 5

What Is Visual Communications?

Website Designed By Steven Bross - Visual Communication Instructor

Visual Communications

Is A Central Montco Technical High School Program

Tel: 610-277-2301

821 Plymouth Road • Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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