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Drawing Robots In Illustrator

Given that I’m hopeless at drawing, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Illustrator is not a widely used program for me. I do know some cheats, however. And one of them is drawing, using shapes and lines.

To that end, I showed the student a picture of a robot that I wanted them to recreate as accurately as possible. I showed them the tools they needed (mostly the shape and line tools) and how to manipulate the shapes by either size, rotation or weight. We looked at how to copy and paste elements (such as eyes, arms and legs) to save time and also to look accurate.

This tutorial is part of a larger post over at Confessions of a Media Arts Teacher where I go into the lesson plan in more depth.

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Teaching Colour Theory with Adobe Color and Adobe Illustrator

I introduced the idea of colour theory to my grades 3-6s by showing them the website Adobe Color at http://color.adobe.com

We explored the website and the various colour rules. I then got them to create their own colour swatch by creating their own colour theme and then writing down the RGB values of each one.

From there I had a file ready for them to open in Adobe Illustrator where they had to fill in the boxes with their colours and give it a name. The final result is what you see below.

Ocean Breeze

Here is the tutorial video of how I went about this.

This tutorial is part of a larger post over at Confessions of a Media Arts Teacher where I go into the lesson plan in more depth.

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