TEACHER NAME:  Mr. Ramirez

    E-mail: Steven.Ramirez@sausd.us

    Telephone: (714) 568-7000

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    Department: VAPA / CTE

    Subject: Digital Art


    Period 1 - Prep Period

    Period 2 - Animation / Graphic Design

    Period 3 - Graphic Design

    Period 4 - Graphic Design

    Period 5 - Graphic Design

    Period 6 - Graphic Design


    Course Description:

    Graphic Design

    Building on the skills learned in The Art of Graphic Design I, students will develop 2D and 3D visual communications of increasing sophistication and complexity.  They will learn to critically observe their visual environment, solve design problems, and influence behavior through the use of graphic art.  Through directed projects, they will explore the relationship of graphic imagery to the cultural, political, and psychological dynamics of information exchange.  Students will understand, through their own research, the contributors, innovations, and breakthrough technologies that have shaped graphic art in the 20th century.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of written reflections and critiques in a journal and the development of high-quality graphic art images for their portfolio and presentations  


    This course builds on the skills taught in Art of Animation I. Students’ imaginations and creative abilities are challenged as they apply the elements and principles of art and the techniques used in traditional and digital animation. Over the course of the year, students draw detailed storyboards which are then used for the creation of traditional or computer drawn animations, stop-motion, Claymation, and 3D imagery. This course provides a more in-depth understanding of how and why the elements of art and principles of design are used in successful animated work. The purpose of this course is to further enlarge student understanding of the processes and strategies used in solving art and animation design problems through the application of the elements of art and principles of design. 

    Digital Media Arts Teacher

    Student focused digital media arts teacher with a proven record of improving student learning outcomes.

    Proficient in curriculum design and lesson planning for all modalities to engage students in linguistic, visual and audio modes in order to conceptualize, analyze and apply meaning.

    Experienced in developing consistent lesson plan templates aligned to state and national standards that provide students with links to video instructions, step by step presentations, sample work, objectives, standards and expected outcomes. 

    Support students by scaffolding lessons and adhering to all accommodations with emphasis given to  students with special needs and language deficiencies. 

    Highly skilled at motivating students through positive encouragement and reinforcement of concepts via interactive classroom instruction, observation and consistent feedback.

    Seasoned expert in Adobe Creative Suite plus equivalent online freeware that provides equitable learning opportunities for all students. 

    Teacher Philosophy

    As a teacher I am here to provide a unique environment in which anyone, and I mean anyone, is welcome to express and cultivate their creative talents.  It is my job to provide a diverse, judgment free zone where a lasting, active creative lifestyle can be developed and nourished.  Creativity is a tool, a means to an end, not a brand name or a mold maker, but a tool that can be used by anyone.  In the end, it's all about you the student, your voice, your vision and your choices.  As we evolve and educate ourselves, we will seek to perfect this safe, energetic environment, where everyone feels accepted and respected.  I need you, because face it, my classes wouldn't be the same without you.  You belong!