Section Three - Overview

Why do you need to Sketch

Sketching gives people the freedom to consider every wild idea without the fear of making a mistake. This is a creative, generative process that can not only discover great ideas but create better teamwork. With lots of ideas on the table teams down into fuller, more amazing decisions in our products.

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Level One / First Year Students

Adobe Illustrator – Hours: 20


Student Goals:
Introduce students the basic computer drawing skills

Adobe Illustrator is one of three software pieces every designer must know how to use.

Student Objectives:

Adobe Illustrator
Provided with multiple lectures, examples, study guides, guided practices and student resources, the students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of computer design software (vector image artwork - Adobe Illustrator) by producing a completed digital photo manipulation project that shows the use of 8 or more tools. (i.e.; type tool, path tool, clone tool, etc.)


Theory Tasks:

701 Identify the anatomy and classification of type.

702 Identify typographic styles.

703 Manipulate type through character and paragraph formatting.

704 Choose and apply appropriate typeface.

Skill Task:

505 - Utilize a basic functions of a vector-based drawing program.

506 - Utilize intermediate functions of a vector-based drawing program.

604 -  Produce thumbnails, roughs and comprehensive.

605 - Design a logo.


Exploratory Project:

Stained Glass - Oil Pastels



Basic Adobe Illustrator

Level Two / Second Year Students

Figure Drawing - Full Body Drawing

Basic Drawing Tools – Hours: 20


Student Goals:
Students will draw the Figure

As children, we generally learn how to copy from photos, but as we make our way into college our subjects become more dimensional. Drawing a live figure in front of us is a much harder technique.

Student Objectives:
After completion of the lecture and the class exercises, the students will develop a final figure drawing that shows all the percentages of a greyscale, from 100% white to 100% black, with all of the shapes and lines built up by contrast to a finished drawing of portfolio level.


 Theory Task:

901- Prepare and present a portfolio.

906 - Participate in critiques of commercial art projects. 


Skill Task:

304 - Apply anatomy concepts in drawing.

306 - Produce illustrations using various media.

307 - Illustrate using value.


Exploratory Project:

Caricature Illustration 

Level Three / Third Year Students

Fun With Photography & Photoshop

Photography/Video – Hours: 20


Student Goals:
Students will be introduced to the concepts of SLR camera operations and the use of the composition in Photography

Basic photography skills are so important in today’s digital design world. Whether its a photo for a website or a product shot for an advertisement. Photography is a must-have skill in today's design world.

Student Objectives:
By June, the Visual Communications students, along with lectures, guided practices, multiple projects and various technique examples, the students will be able to set up and complete a studio photoshoot with little or no assistance, as documented in their portfolio.


 Theory Task:

901- Prepare and present a portfolio.

906 - Participate in critiques of commercial art projects.


Skill Task:

801 - Operate digital camera and accessories.

802 - Compose a photograph through the lens.

803 - Differentiate lighting options and their effects.

404 - Stabilize the camera.

805 - Download and manage digital images.


Exploratory Project:

Children's Book Illustration


Classroom Zoom Hours - 1PM to 1:30 PM - Monday - Thursday

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Office Zoom Hours - 2PM to 2:30 PM - Monday - Thursday

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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


Central Montco Technical High School

821 Plymouth Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462


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