Intro to Graphic Design Class Handbook | Mrs. Wong | Room 200H

Contact Info

  • awong@natickps.org
  • www.mrswong.org

After School Hours/Extra Help:

  • Monday & Tuesday, 2:20 - 3:20pm, Room 145/200H
  • Red Day CDS, Room 200H
Mrs. Wong's Spring 2020 Schedule
Jacob C., Poster for a Cause, 2015


This is an introductory, project-based class for those students interested in graphic art and design. This course will focus on print media and illustrate how the use of effective design helps to convey ideas and messages to an audience. Through the creation of various projects such as a collage, book cover, and magazine spread students will learn the basics of the Adobe visual design suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign). Other topics covered in the class are typography and graphic design history. This class will prepare students with the knowledge needed to move up to Advanced Graphic Design where they will create specific print design projects, work collaboratively, and prepare to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exam.

Semester Goals:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate introductory level proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Students will be able to apply the Elements and Principles of Design to create successful designs and layouts.
  • Students will develop design vocabulary and critique their own and others' designs.

Enduring Understandings:

  • Graphic design is an integral part of our daily lives.
  • Subtle and overt messages are conveyed to us through design.
  • Visual culture influences our everyday choices, opinions and ideas.
  • Copyright exists to protect artists and designers.

Essential Questions:

  • What forms does graphic design take in our daily lives?
  • How do artists use design to convey messages?
  • How does our visual culture affect the choices we make?
  • How does copyright function to allow for protection as well as artistic freedom?
Book Cover Redesign, 2017

Programs Used in Classroom:

  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
  • Adobe InDesign CC 2019

Materials Provided by Students:

  • Designated class folder in Google Drive
  • Flash Drive
James D., Current Event Collage, 2016


Unit 1 - What is Graphic Design?

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Graphic Design Profession
  • Lesson 2: Keyword Building Presentation

Unit 2 - Photoshop

  • Lesson 3: Nameplate Project
  • Lesson 4: Basic Photo Editing
  • Lesson 5: Blending Modes & Color Replacement Self-Portrait
  • Lesson 6: Current Event Photo Collage
Color Replacement Portraits & Current Event Collages (From top clockwise: Yutong Z, Jack D., Emily G., Sophia C., Alicia O.)

Unit 3 - Illustrator

  • Lesson 7: Introduction to Typography - Type Anatomy Exercise
  • Lesson 8: Introduction to Typography - Jonathan Hoefler episode of Abstract
  • Lesson 9: Physical/Virtual Texture Illustration
  • Lesson 10: Flag Redesign
Physical/Virtual Texture Designs (Top - Aiyina M., Bottom - Alicia O.)

Unit 3 - InDesign

  • Lesson 11: Poster for a Social Cause
  • Lesson 12: Book Cover Redesign
  • Lesson 13 (Final Project): Magazine Layout
Social Cause Poster & Book Covers (Clockwise from top: Camilla S., Juliana G., Emilly B., Juliana G.)
Emma L., Current Event Collage 2019

Classroom Expectations

In the Classroom:

  • Absolutely no food or drink in the classroom. Drinks are allowed if in a sealed, screw top container. We have a lot of expensive equipment in the room and food and drink spills can damage the equipment. If you have any trash at your station, throw it away before you leave. Food is non negotiable. A lot of students use the lab equipment and I don't want to risk any allergens being on shared surfaces. Additionally, food is a quick way to ruin equipment.
  • Be respectful of others. Our classroom is a small community and those around you deserve respect and fair treatment. Be positive, supportive and helpful. Listen to your peers when they speak in class - what they have to say is important! Only ONE person should be talking at a time. Tolerance is key not to mention that disrespect is rude and will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior, inappropriate language, negativism, and put-downs are not allowed in this room. You can't expect people to work on your team if you treat them poorly.
  • When the teacher is talking - all eyes up. Pause what you are working on and focus on what is being shared with you. When the teacher is talking, no one else should be. Your attention is required so you do not miss any important information and your peers can hear the teacher as well.

Work Ethic:

  • Come in on time and ready to work. You should check the board when you come in to see what is going on in the classroom for that day.
  • Spend the entire class working on projects each day. Students are expected to be engaged in the assigned work. Use your class time wisely. Ask questions, experiment, and push yourself.
  • It is highly recommended that you backup all your work to a flash drive or Google Drive. You are responsible for all of your work so if something happens to your file, you will need to make up the missing work.
  • No cell phones. Keep them out of sight and out of mind. School policy will be followed regarding students who have their phone out during class.
  • No video games. You are in the lab to do your classwork. There is always something to do for our class and playing video games is not an acceptable use of your time.
  • When absent, check Google Classroom and/or our class syllabus for the current assignment.
  • Plagiarism - Misrepresenting others’ work as your own is intellectual dishonesty. Because research and learning are often best done in groups, collaboration with classmates on many of our assignments is expected. However, all work must be individual and research or any written work must be written in your own words. You will receive a zero for any project or class work that is plagiarized.

Classroom Equipment:

  • This is not your personal space or your room. Don't leave your stuff laying around. If you take it out, put it away again.
  • Login to the iMac with your period number. For example, for Period 5 your login is period5. There is no password.
  • Please use the classroom iMacs responsibly. If you break them, we no longer have them to use. Be sure when you arrive and when you leave there is a keyboard and mouse at your station.
  • Don't change wiring set-ups, cable configurations, equipment set-ups, or backgrounds unless you ask me first. Again, this is not your personal space.
  • Do not move any of the lab equipment without instructor permission.
  • Do not open or alter student files, move or use student documents.
Emily G., Current Event Collage, 2017


Grading is based on projects and in class work. If you miss one or more classes, you are responsible for speaking with Mrs. Wong about making up work. Students may use feedback to resubmit assignments for a better grade within two weeks of the grade appearing in iPass. If planning on resubmitting, students should meet with the teacher to discuss their plan. When the work is complete, it needs to be resubmitted through Google Classroom. Resubmissions are NOT allowed for forgetting to submit required items alongside the original project turn-in (such as works cited or written components). 

Grading Weights:

  • Projects (70%) are the final product you will turn-in at the end of each unit. We will have multiple days for each project and they will be lead by instruction and a multitude of resources to help you along. All projects will have rubrics available with requirements for proper turn-in.
  • Classwork (30%) includes smaller in class assignments, thumbnail sketches, and reading assignments.

Late Work:

  • If absent, missed assignments must be made-up within an appropriate amount of time. If you are absent, please meet with Ms. Wong to discuss a plan for when work will be submitted.
  • Work that is not received at all will receive a grade of zero. All assignments should be submitted to Google Classroom on the due date. On the date an assignment is due, any work not submitted will be entered into iPass an N. From that date forward, the student will lose 5 pts off their maximum grade for every day the assignment is not submitted.

Why Is My Grade Low?

  1. Not completing class assignments.
  2. Turning in work late.
  3. Poor work ethic.
  4. Plagiarism

Notes from the Student Handbook:

  1. Final Exams & Seniors: Students will take semester and final exams when scheduled to do so. Seniors may be exempt from the semester exams in January and May at the teachers’ discretion if the student achieved a minimum grade of an A- for the two quarters in the semester.
  2. Incompletes: A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given to a student who has unfinished course requirements because of extenuating factors such as protracted period(s) of illness. It is expected that the incomplete work be completed within ten (10) days after the close of a marking period; however, should a waiver be needed for extended time, the student should contact the Vice-Principal who will discuss the matter with the department head involved. If the work is not completed within the specified time (includes waiver where granted), the incomplete grade will become an F; otherwise the teacher will report a regular grade.
  3. Sports Eligibility: Natick High School requires that students receive a minimum passing grade of D- or above at the close of the marking period (end of each term) prior to the beginning of a season and during said season.
  4. Cell Phones: Natick Public Schools promotes the use of Technology as an effective environment for learning. However, given the degree to which unregulated use of cell phones and other personal electronic devices may interfere with teaching and learning the following regulations will apply. Cell phones and personal electronic devices other than a student’s assigned laptop must be turned off and not visible during the school day in classrooms, hallways during class time and all bathrooms. Cell phones may be used in the cafeteria, courtyard, library, and hallways during CDS and passing time.
Camilla S., Name Composition, 2017


Student work from Intro to Graphic Design class