Posted on January 22nd, 2020

Nursery rhymes are often associated with historical events and the meaning given to many a rhyme can be seen as political satire. The first really important English rhyme dates back to the fourteenth century. This little rhyme was passed quickly from one person to another, was easily remembered and led to an English revolution - a call for recognition and class equality!

When Adam delved and Eve span
Who was then a gentleman

( To delve means to work and 'span' refers to spinning yarn
there was no class distinction when there was only Adam and Eve )

Animate one of the nursery rhymes using Photoshop and pictures that you find or draw. Avoid illustrations that were created for the actual nursery rhyme. Your interpretation can be symbolic.
Step One- Choose your nursery rhyme. Nursery Rhyme Website
Nursery Rhymes 2
Step Two- Draw out a storyboard.
Step Three- Create your animation.
Extra Credit: Share the history of your chosen nursery rhyme with the class.
History Website
Size: 5"x6 or 6"x5"  72 ppi

25% clarity of story
25% smoothness of animation
25% creativity
25% overall design including type layout. Don't forget C.R.A.P.!

Posted on January 21st, 2020

Develop a character for a product or product line.

The character should relate to the product in some way. It could be through a slogan such as Tony the Tiger's "They’re Gr-r-reat!" The character could be is involved in making the product like Aunt Jemima, Milton the Toaster. The character could also be a cartoon version of the product such as California Raisin or Mr. Peanut- what the character is made of such as Pillsbury Doughboy or is run by such as the Energizer Bunny.

Step 1-Brainstorm ideas for your character. What it her/his name? How will the character relate to the product? What will the character look like? What will the advertisements have the character doing? * Hint You will do an animated advertisement using your character next.

Step 2- Draw your ideas for your characters.

Step 3-Then draw out a story board for am animated advertisement that uses your character.
Include a panel for each major action in your advertisement. Include any words and also the company name and logo. 3pts.

Step 4: Create drawings in illustrator for your animations. Copy and past them into Photoshop (or Photoshop if you want to paint) Copy and past them into Photoshop. Anything copied and pasted into Photoshop will appear on one layer. To separate drawings onto different layers, copy/paste them in separately.

Step5: Animate your advertisement . Set the timing and save it as an animated gif. Make sure that the story line is clear and that the timing is appropriate for the content. 10 pts.

Posted on January 10th, 2020

ACX Teens is where high school students in grades 9–12 can explore an artistic skill like filmmaking, video game development or fashion design.

Posted on January 10th, 2020

Video game sprites are characters, blasts, or other effects that are used in video games. You will be using Photoshop's animation capabilities to create your own video game animation scene.

Here is an example of a video game character sprite sheet that has a character drawn in many different positions. When the drawings are placed together (in some cases on top of each other) they depict different actions such as running or jumping.
Assignment: Look on the internet for video game sprites and backgrounds.  This is a 5 period animation project. You can do one long animation or several shorter ones.

If the sprite sheet is in "Index Color" mode you will have to convert it to RBG before you will be able to work with it in can unlock the backgroung layer by dragging the lock to the trash.
Steps to convert Index color to RGB color: Go to Images/ Mode/ then switch from Index to RGB.

Posted on January 6th, 2020

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