VCE Visual Comminications

Unit 1: Introduction to Visual Communication Design

Outcome 1: Drawing as a means of communication

Activity 1

Curriculum

Key knowledge

  • presentation drawing methods for the purpose of refining conceptual designs using manual and/or digital methods.
  • drawing methods to represent three-dimensional forms, such as paraline (isometric and planometric) and perspective (one and two point)
  • manual and/or digital methods suitable for creating drawings

Key skills

  • apply three-dimensional drawing methods to represent the form and structure of objects
  • select and apply media, materials and techniques to draw and render forms

Digital tools

SketchUp

Google SketchUp or SketchUp Pro
Available on eduSTAR www.edustar.vic.edu.au

Why

  • Create a 3D digital presentation from their orthogonal drawing and digitally render it.
  • Export as JPEG files or print using a 3D printer if available.

Lesson plan

Key knowledge

  • presentation drawing methods for the purpose of refining conceptual designs using manual and/or digital methods.
  • drawing methods to represent three-dimensional forms, such as paraline (isometric and planometric) and perspective (one and two point)
  • manual and/or digital methods suitable for creating drawings

Key skills

  • presentationapply three-dimensional drawing methods to represent the form and structure of objects
  • select and apply media, materials and techniques to draw and render forms

Learning intention

Students design a stationery organiser, which is manually drawn orthogonal and then digitally as a presentation drawing to scale and rendered. Students develop knowledge and understanding of reading an orthogonal drawing and recreating it as a digital presentation drawing.

Description

Students will be working from a manual orthogonal drawing of a stationery organiser to create a digitally rendered 3D presentation drawing to scale.

How will digital technologies be integrated into this lesson?

  • Students will create the digital presentation drawing working in SketchUp
  • Relevant resources are shared with students on a password protected school website. A Global2 blog could also be used.

Why

  • Students develop knowledge and understanding of reading an orthogonal drawing.
  • Students can create a 3D digital presentation from their orthogonal drawing and digitally render it.
  • SketchUp allows students to work to scale, view their drawings from all angles and to apply shadows along with various textures.
  • Drawings created in SketchUp can be exported as a JPEG allowing them to be easily manipulated in other software programs.
  • Extensions for SketchUp also allow for designs to be 3D printed.
  • An online space (website or blog) allows students easy access to support materials at school and home.

Preparation

  • Check that students have SketchUp on their computers.
  • Vic Government school teachers – talk to your school technician to ensure students have SketchUp Pro from eduSTAR
  • Ensure students can access the screencast, which provides students with clear instructions on how to create and manipulate forms in SketchUp in creating stationery organiser. It provides students with an overview of what is expected and how to work to scale. Students are able to watch it if they get stuck or pause at certain points if they need. It allows students to export their digital drawings as JPEG files, which can then be further manipulated or put into another software program.

Prepare a classroom demonstration on:

  • Opening the ‘product design and woodworking’ in millimeters and how to put in measurements to work to scale.
  • How to apply colours/textures, clean up drawing and explore different styles for presentation including how to open the ‘large tool palette’ found in ‘view’ at the top of the screen.
  • How to export work as a JPEG file.

The following resources may assist in preparation:

Tip: if you have students who are proficient in this software – ask them to lead the classroom demonstration.

Lesson procedure

  • Students watch screencast on how to draw a stationery holder using SketchUp, supported by teacher or student led classroom demonstration. An option is to have students follow a classroom demonstration.
  • In SketchUp students open up a new product design and woodworking document in millimeters.
    1. Using their manual orthogonal drawings, students create a 3D digital drawing to scale, working directly from their orthogonal.
    2. Shape and line tools are used to create basic shapes with the measurements typed in.
    3. The push/pull allows students to create thickness and, to exact measurements.
    4. The tape measure allows to mark out and check the measurements during drawing. There are different tools to zoom in, pan and orbit around the drawing to see it from all sides.
    5. Use the paint bucket to render stationery organizer.
    6. Add shadows and explore different styles to achieve various effects and to clean up endpoints. Also remove axes lines to improve presentation.
  • Using the orbit tool, export four different views of the stationery organiser that will be arranged onto an A3 page with a title.
  • Students save work, including their full name in the title and email to the teacher or upload to school learning management system.
  • If a 3D printer is available, SketchUp can print using an extension.

Further Information

Student work

Activity 2

Curriculum

Key knowledge

  • observational drawing methods for the purpose of showing form, proportion, surface textures and relationships between objects.
  • visualisation drawing methods for the purpose of making visible design ideas and concepts.
  • presentation drawing methods for the purpose of refining conceptual designs using manual and/or digital methods.
  • drawing methods to represent three-dimensional forms, such as paraline (isometric and planometric), perspective (one and two point).
  • rendering techniques for depicting the direction of light, shade and shadow and for representing materials, texture and form.
  • manual and/or digital methods suitable for creating drawings.
  • a range of media and materials to support different drawing purposes and drawing methods.

Key skills

  • apply drawing methods that are suitable for the purposes of observation, visualisation and presentation.
  • use manual and/or digital methods to create drawings for different purposes.
  • apply three-dimensional drawing methods to represent the form and structure of objects.
  • select and apply media, materials and techniques to draw and render forms.
  • apply design thinking to generate alternative ideas and reflect on their suitability.

Digital tools

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator

Global2

Student blogs

Why

  • Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop allow students to generate digital visual communication presentations using industry standard software and tools.
  • Blogs provide an online space where students can display their work. Students can control whether the blog is private, shared or public.

Lesson plan

Key knowledge

  • observational drawing methods for the purpose of showing form.
  • visualisation drawing methods for the purpose of making visible design ideas and concepts.
  • presentation drawing methods for the purpose of refining conceptual designs.
  • drawing methods to represent three-dimensional forms.
  • rendering techniques for depicting the direction of light.
  • manual and/or digital methods suitable for creating drawings.
  • a range of media and materials to support different drawing purposes and drawing methods.

Key skills

  • apply drawing methods that are suitable for the purposes of observation, visualisation and presentation.
  • use manual and/or digital methods to create drawings for different purposes.
  • apply three-dimensional drawing methods to represent the form and structure of objects.
  • select and apply media, materials and techniques to draw and render forms.
  • apply design thinking to generate alternative ideas and reflect on their suitability.

Learning intention

On completion of this unit students should have successfully applied a range of manual and/or digital drawing methods to suit various purposes. Students will generate observational, visualisation and presentation drawing. They will explore a range of media and materials to support different drawing purposes and drawing methods.

Description

Students will create a folio of works, which explore different digital technologies. For the task outlined below students will firstly manually draw a series of household pegs using a range of media. These drawings will then evolve into digital presentation drawings which will be displayed on their blog.

How will digital technologies be integrated into this lesson?

  • Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop will be used consistently to allow students to generate digital visual communication presentations.
  • Student work is displayed in their online portfolio, in this case a student blog. A website or Global2 blog could also be used.
  • Manual drawings will be scanned for digital use.

Why

  • Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop allow students to generate digital visual communication presentations using industry standard software and tools.
  • Files can be saved as a PDF for easy management.
  • Blogs provide an online space where students can display their work. Students can control whether the blog is private, shared or public.

Preparation

  • Check that students have the Adobe tools on their computers.
  • Prepare a teacher demonstration on:
    • Completing observational drawings
    • Photoshop tips and tricks (for example, using the pen tool, magic wand tool, crop tool and brushes) with a discussion on how to change the aesthetic appeal of a drawing using digital technologies.
    • Using Adobe Illustrator

Tip: if you have students who are proficient in this software – ask them to lead the classroom demonstration.

Lesson procedure

  1. Students are asked to bring in a collection of household pegs from home.
  2. Students watch a series of video tutorials, which discusses various manual drawing techniques (see resources).
  3. Students complete a series of observational drawings (at least five) using a range of methods, media and materials. Some student may wish to use a drawing tablet.
  4. Students scan their observational drawings and save it with appropriate title.
  5. Students watch a teacher led demonstration based on Photoshop tips and tricks and discuss how to change the aesthetic appeal of a drawing using digital technologies They are provided with a list of Photoshop tutorial links to explore in their own time.
  6. Students open up Adobe Photoshop. They go to file> new> International paper> A4. Then they open up their scans.
  7. Students use the crop to frame their drawing, they then use the magic wand tool to add colour to their drawing.
  8. Students now transform their observational drawing into digital visualisation drawings they use the line tool, brush and pencil tool to add new aspects to the drawing (horns, spikes, textures etc.)
  9. Students save their work as a PDF ready for printing.
  10. Students check they are ready to print their work and once they have been approved they print. As a class discuss paper quality and properties, and the importance of looking after your printer.
  11. Their work is submitted to the blog. They are required to briefly provide an evaluation of the methods, media and materials they used. Various evaluation tools and techniques can be used eg: POOCH, PMI, EVALUATIONS etc.
  12. Students are now required to select their most successful drawing and transform it into a promotional visual communication presentation.
  13. To generate the visual communication presentation students open Adobe Illustrator. They go to file> new> A4. Then they go file> open and select their Adobe Photoshop Peg design.
  14. Students follow teacher instructions and generate a visual communication presentation that promotes their unique peg.
  15. Their final visual communication presentation is submitted to the blog and printed on A3 smooth pearl paper.

Further information

Learning platforms/digital portfolios:

Drawing websites

Apps

Inspiration

Curriculum

Student work

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