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              Adobe Illustrator               


Cuesta DIstance EducatIon — SPRING 2019

Instructor: Patty Arnold   Contact Information: Email pattyarnold@earthlink.net


Photography www.pattyarnold.comLinks to an external site.

Book Design:  www.menageriedesign.net

parnold_sm.jpgWelcome to Art 255 Foundation of digital Graphic Art — Adobe Illustrator. This is a 3 unit course that provides an introduction to Illustrator. I currently teach part-time at Cuesta College, and have taught classes for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (online) and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. You will also notice that I have 2 websites as I am an exhibiting photographer and have a small business designing books and websites. Illustrator is a constant companion in my work whether it is teaching, photography, or commercial design. I have used and loved this program since 1989. You will see in the samples above that I prefer to design the titles for book covers with Illustrator as well as the logos and spot illustrations, but I also combine photoshop and illustrator for some of my photography and this combination is critical to a book in progress that I am writing as well as illustrating titled Monsters of Math.

Note: All students receive an e-mail address that can be accessed through Gmail (my.cuesta.edu). If you do not want to use this e-mail you can login into your Gmail account and set the default e-mail to be forwarded to any e-mail of your choice (check myCuesta for information). Make sure you either check your mycuesta email daily or setup forwarding to the email you prefer to use.

The best way to contact me is by email: pattyarnold@earthlink.net

I will hold virtual office hours and post the times in our classroom once we get going. I will respond to your posts and emails within 24–48 hours. I will be checking on the classroom daily and the next week’s lessons and lectures will be uploaded by Sunday of the previous week so that the new weeks will start on Monday.

Course Information:

CRN: As of 3/28/18 this information is unavailable. Update to come.

Presents primary instruction in digital drawing and illustration using Adobe Illustrator. Students will learn how to edit and create drawings and illustrations, use drawing and image creation tools, type, layout, and organizational features, filters, and format images for print, web and other digital media.

Required Textbook:

illustrator2018.jpgAdobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a Book (2018 Release

ISBN-13: 978-0134852492
ISBN-10: 0134852494

Here is a link to the material available on Amazon or contact the Cuesta Bookstore. Make sure you have your book and software and are ready to start class.

https://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Illustrator-Classroom-Book-release/dp/0134852494/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522275411&sr=1-1&keywords=illustrator+ccLinks to an external site.

Required Software  (VERY IMPORTANT): Before class begins

Purchase and install on your computer Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 you also may use a slightly older version but instruction will be based on CC 2018 so you may find some things you can’t do as the tools have changed. You can turn in your assignments in either version. A good source for this software is https://foundationccc.org/CollegeBuysLinks to an external site.

or check on Adobe’s site directly for the student rates http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.htmlLinks to an external site.

We will be using Cuesta’s Distance Education site: CANVAS. Here you will upload your completed lessons from the book, post discussions and your special creative projects.

Computer Requirements

Adobe Illustrator ONLY will be needed for this class although I may show or discuss Illustrator integrated with other programs in the creative suite. Make sure you have installed Illustrator and it will run on your system either Windows or Mac OSX.

Online class browser requirements/minimum computer specifications can be reviewed at http://www.cuesta.edu/Links to an external site. student/aboutacad/distance/faqs_technical.htmlLinks to an external site.

Canvas course access instructions with login info can be found at: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/docuLinks to an external site.ments/distance_ed_students/Canvas_Quick_Reference_Links to an external site.Students.pdfLinks to an external site.

Technical Support

If you are having technical difficulties with the course web site, please contact Technical Support. Please call 805- 546-3100 ext. 2802 during the hours of 7:30 am–9:00 pm, Mon.–Thu. and 7:30 am–4:00 pm Fri. Or send an email to support@my.cuesta.edu Include your name, class, section number (CRN), instructor’s name. Describe the problem you are experiencing. This information will be sent to a technical support individual at Cuesta who will get back to you within 48 hours (usually a response will be much sooner).

Your Skills

You need experience navigating and using your operating system. This course will NOT help you with Windows or Macintosh operating systems, nor is the instructor able respond to computer questions not specific to Adobe Illustrator, or the course content. Additionally knowing how to upload and download files, attach documents, use e-mail, and word processing software are critical skills in an online course environment.

If you are uncertain about your abilities, then you may want to enroll in DIST 101: Introduction to Online. If you have little or no experience with computers — a good “on campus” class is CAOA 266. Cultivate a willingness to trouble shoot and be willing to seek technical assistance.

Course Policies and Procedures

Expect to spend at least as much time in this course as you do in a traditional class (otherwise it wouldn’t be worth 3 units—would it?). Academic courses, such as this, with a lab component require 2 hours of lecture plus 4 hours of lab each week for a 3 unit course spanning 18 weeks. This is 108 hours so expect at least 6–10 hours per week plus time for special projects. It will go fast and you will accomplish a lot in a very short time! For your creative assignments I will post project instructions and the grading criteria so that you will know what is expected. You will also be required to post to the discussion and critique areas and your posts should be about 150 words. For critiques you will need to explain what is working well and what you would do to improve on the projects for at least two of your classmates.


Online classes also demand dedication in time for reading posted materials and writing independently in the discussion forums. In many ways it is more than an online class. You will be a part of a community and you will need to participate to be successful. The nice thing about online classes is that they can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, but you have to put in the T.I.M.E. It is recommended that you login to this classroom 3 to 5 times per week, along with working on your assignments offline.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Art 256 the students should be able to:

Successfully apply basic illustration software operations, integrating basic drawing and observational techniques, and apply the visual elements and principles of design to the two-dimensional format.

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