The graphic arts program teaches students to express their ideas visually. It invites students to communicate ideas using art and typography through software applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, iMovie, InDesign and Flash. The program goals are to:
Ground students in graphic design principles, concepts, and practices
Teach students to use computer-based graphic arts software
Generate appreciation for graphic design as a vehicle for self-expression, civic engagement, and marketing
In the 6th grade, students are immersed in graphic design principles and concepts. They begin navigating design software and tools through projects, including self-portraits, collage, book jacket designs, and advertisements.
Seventh and eighth grade graphic arts majors expand their skills, vision, creativity, and grasp of design concepts and principles through extended and refined usage of the software. They design poster, logo, package, websites and delve into animation to create more complex designs.
In each grade, students connect their work to language arts as they tie their designs to poems, stories, etc. Students exhibit their work during the annual end-of-year arts showcase.