Digital Art & Design Syllabus

  • COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Welcome to Digital Art!  This course will introduce you to the theories and practices of digital art and design.  We will begin by learning the various aspects of digital photography and image composition, followed by a photo manipulation unit that will introduce you to Adobe Photoshop.  You will then learn design, layout, and drawing skills using Adobe Illustrator.  Finally, we will explore creating video slideshows and graphic design to close out the term.

    PROJECTS GRADE:  When each project is introduced I will show you successful and unsuccessful examples of past students’ work.  I will also show you the specific criteria that I will be grading the project on – things like compositional design, craftsmanship, creativity, and more.  If you are hoping to get a good project grade I suggest you pay close attention to these criteria and ask questions while you are working for how your project can be improved.  Any suggestions that I give to you during work time is meant to help you improve your grade, but it is your choice whether you choose to follow these suggestions or not.  In addition to technical requirements, each project will be assessed a creativity grade that will depend on how much variety and effort you use in your approach to the subject.

    TURN-IN PROCEDURES:  On the day that your photos are due you are expected to submit them using the class Public drive as well as complete and turn in a written “Critique Sheet” that Mr. Kravig will use for grading.  Failure to turn projects in on time or with the correct amount of required photos will result in grade deductions.  In addition, until you give Mr. Kravig a complete Critique Sheet your grade will be entered as “0 – Missing” and a deduction of 10% of your grade will result from late submissions.  To ensure you get the best possible grade make sure you meet all project requirements, save files in the proper location, turn in a completed Critique Sheet, and meet the assignment deadline!

    LATE WORK:  As mentioned above, late submissions will result in a 10% deduction from the assignment grade.  The only exception is if an excused absence prevented you from turning in work on time, but in these instances the student will only have the same number of excused days missed to get their work turned in.

    REQUIRED MATERIALS:  You are required to bring the following items to class every day:

    • Pencils to write and draw with
    • Folder to store project hand-outs and critique sheets
    • USB Drive to save files on (Optional, but be sure to back up your project files every day!)

    PERFORMANCE (BEHAVIOR PLUS ATTENDANCE) GRADE:  This class requires you to create art, but that is only part of what is expected of you.  The other portion of your grade will come from your daily behavior and how often and punctual your attendance is.  One of the biggest obstacles facing today’s youth is the ability to identify what is and what is not appropriate in a shared social setting.  In our country every student has an equal right to receive an education in the public school system, but when the negative actions of individuals occur it can interfere with these opportunities and create a classroom environment that is no longer productive.  Every action you make has a consequence, and in a shared space like this class these consequences can affect many – so think before you act! 

    The following rules were devised to help maintain a positive and effective classroom where students can feel encouraged to learn.  Failure to abide by these rules will result in a deduction from your weekly performance grade.  Each week you will start with “5 Performance Points” and if you go the entire week without breaking any rules you will finish with a 100% Performance Grade.  If you break any of the following rules, however, you will lose 1 point per offense and if all 5 points are lost in a week you will be given a 0% for your weekly Performance Grade and also be written up for Disciplinary Referral for your actions.  I will enter brief explanations for these deductions next to your grade in Skyward (so parents please check grades regularly and feel free to contact me if you have concerns).  Simply put, it is very important that you take responsibility for your actions and be prepared for the consequences that will result in any negative behavior!


    1. Come to class prepared and ready to create art!
      1. Be on time, have your materials ready, and be seated quietly once the bell rings so you are ready to receive instruction.
      2. Any food or non-sealed drinks should be disposed of before sitting at your computer.
    2. Listen and follow the teacher’s directions for work time.
      1. When Mr. Kravig is giving instruction there should be no talking to seatmates, no checking phones, surfing the web, etc.
      2. When Mr. Kravig is finished giving instruction you are expected to go to work.  This means your phones should be silenced and put away.
      3. Listening to music on headphones is allowed but volume must be kept low so it does not distract other students and you can still hear ongoing class instruction as it arises.
      4. Absolutely no video, FaceTime, YouTube, or video game playing – no excuses!
    3. Remain in your assigned seat unless on assignment, getting supplies, using the bathroom, or asking Mr. Kravig a question.
      1. You should never be wondering around the classroom without an educational reason.
      2. You should never leave the classroom without asking Mr. Kravig for permission first.  In these instances you are also required to take a hall pass and fill out the “Restroom Sign-Out” sheet.
    4. Respect your classmates and your teacher’s desire to take part in the educational process.
      1. Be quiet while working so that everyone can hear instructions during work time.
      2. Raise your hand before asking a question or making a comment.
      3. Use appropriate, non-offensive language – no profanity!
    5. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
      1. Neither romantic nor violent intent is an appropriate excuse for you to touch your classmates.  Although common sense for most high schoolers, every once in a while I’ve had problems…