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Creating Magazine Covers in InDesign

The final activity for the grade 5-6s this term was to create a magazine cover in InDesign that would (hopefully) complement the magazine spread they had just finished last week. For the grade 5s, that meant a magazine on Environment or Sustainability and for the Grade 5s, that meant either a current affairs magazine or a Natural Disasters Magazine.

They were to include their article and byline on the cover as well as a suitable cover image. Like last time, I supplied them with some example magazine covers for them to look at. Unlike last time, however, I told them the examples were there to be used as inspiration, not as something to copy.

The video below explains how I modelled this to the class.

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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