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March 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35 created a copy of their line work, then flipped and fitted the halves together, creating a completely sym - metrical face. Once the appropriate layers were merged onto one layer, students could play with color. By simply locking the transparent pixels on the layer with the line elements, they could use a variety of tech - niques to color the animal heads. Fearless Creation Students were ecstatic with the results and almost mystified that a humble technique could produce such a dramatic effect. I was happy that in addition to reinforcing some of the principles of design, I was also able to gently introduce the four main steps of the design process: research, analy- sis, exploration, and finalization. Two students approached me afterward and shared that they were tions made the completion of the project less daunting, since many gasped and had doubts when I showed them a finished sample. Since students would eventually transfer their work from Illustrator to Photoshop for the finishing touches, it was only necessary to construct one side of the head. They used the brush tool to draw out two separate line structures for each section with a size of .25. Next, they selected both lines and applied a controlled stepped blend. Layering Faces Once students had completed their line work and made any necessary adjustments, they transferred the heads into Photoshop. I directed them to trim any stray edges on the inner half of the face and make a completely straight edge. They happy with the class because they weren't good at drawing. I had to explain to them that they did indeed draw; they just used a different tool to do it. One student replied, "This is my kind of drawing then. I didn't know I was so talented!" I continue to believe that traditional meth - ods need to be taught in conjunc- tion with modern techniques, but through my chosen medium, I feel I am able to reintroduce students to the joys of creating without fear or preconceived notions. Kasmira Mohanty is a digital arts instructor at Huntington High School in Huntington, New York. kasmiramohanty@gmail.com W E B L I N K andreaminini.myportfolio.com wewanttolearn.wordpress. com/2015/10/07/moire-patterns/ Jake Torregrossat. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35

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