Adrian Kurzac, Digital Photography
In AP Photography, students learn to use digital cameras and Photoshop to create long exposure timelapse photographs that capture their community in action.
In Art One, students learn to combine art and math skills, such as color management, color separation and alignment, in screen printing to create their own multicolor designs. In Graphic Design, students apply the same skills but also gain real-life career experience through our partnership with the Entrepreneurship class. This partnership gives students the opportunity to learn the business, along with the creative and production side of design. They also get to see their shirts in the school store worn by different school and sport groups.
Personal Stories of Immigration
In Art One, students explore how to tell a personal story of overcoming adversity using color theory, symbolism and visual metaphors while looking at artist Keith Haring. In this piece, the student discussed her family’s personal experiences of immigrating to the United States and the challenges she faced once she arrived.
Amanda Check, Illustrator
In Graphic Design, students explore their drawing skills in Adobe Illustrator by creating a design with a theme within an image that focuses on the positive/negative space relationship.
Erik Norman, Illustrator
In Advanced Graphic Design, students complete a micro internship in which they work with a staff member to complete a design that addresses a need in the school. Here the student worked with the Entrepreneurship teacher to design the brand, identity, logo and signage for the student-run Brewhaha coffee shop in Rolling Meadows High School.
Franky Flores, Photoshop, IL Regional Art Show
In Graphic Design, students learn in Photoshop how to render three dimensional shapes with depth to create fictional space scenes.
Lesley Garcia Illustrator
In Graphic Design, students learn how to combine digital photography, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create lowpoly portrait compositions that focus on using fields of color and geometric shapes to create three dimensional form.
In Art One, students research the artwork of artist Elizabeth Catlett and her beautiful woodcut portraits for inspiration for their own linocut portraits. Students work to incorporate line, movement and positive/negative space to create a representational self portrait.
Michael H, Pencil Drawing, Arts Unlimited
In Art One, students experiment with color pencils to tell a personal story about a transition in their life. In this piece, the student discussed his swift and unexpected move from St. Petersburg to Chicago, along with his wild nightmares that initially followed.
Painting with Light
In Photo One, students study the effect of light in photography by experimenting with long exposure and painting with light.
In Art One, students create plaster blocks and use the reductive method to reduce the block down to a design. For this project students looked at form, color and movement to create sculptures that were influenced from their own personal or cultural memories. This student looked to the vibrant colors and spiritual designs she remembered from growing up in Thailand.
Street Art Portraits
In Art One, we look at contemporary artists who address social justice issues like street artist Shepard Fairey and Banksy. Looking at these provocative and influential artists, students turns discussions into passionate debates and challenges regarding whether something is perceived as art versus graffiti, legal versus illegal, and the many gray areas in between. For the portraits, students use a mixture of traditional and digital technologies to create stencils that are then layered together with spray paint.
Shirt Designing and Printing
In Advanced Graphic Design, students work on t-shirt design challenges that closely follow relevant design and production careers. Depending on the project, students work collaboratively or independently to create and produce t-shirt designs. During our weekly roundtable meetings, students critique work, propose new designs, and construct timelines for their projects.
Students Drawing with iPads
In Art One, the iPad has greatly enhanced the curriculum, the quality of student work and their grades. Here you can see how students use the iPad to learn about drawing. The iPad provides students with innovative ways to enhance their products, such as providing them with the ability to make projects more personal by using their own colored photos, allowing for zooming in and out, adding grids, maintaining consistent lighting and the option to take class projects home.
In Advanced Graphic Design, students learn how to use typography and page layout and then work with a client to design posters that advertise District 214's events. The entire process from scheduling a client meeting, designing, figuring out cost, and printing is completely handled by the students. These two examples, both by students planning on studying design in college, represent our Summer Enrichment Program and Student Film Festival.