Do you speak...

Do you speak...

We’re cranking into our first real project and things seem to be going well for the most part- but there’s a bit of a problem for some of you… You simply don’t start at the beginning. I’m seeing students jumping around the tutorials (impossible), jumping around the directions and policies on the student pages (unwise) and otherwise just having this really unorganized kind of workflow.

I need you guys to all do me a huge favor. Let’s try this for just a month and if it doesn’t work, we’ll try something else. I want you to trust me.

Those of you who have had me in the past know that I will get you there, but I also know you’re used to it not being so organized in here. Quite frankly, I think many of you hoped for another year of taking advantage of the situation and having a “relax” class. I told you last year that would not be the case. Dig in. Take this time to actually truly grow and learn as an artist. It is still a lot of fun, but instead of enjoying your time in here and having nothing for the rest of your life to enjoy- switch it around. Work on your art in here and have a skill (and probably even some art- and quite possibly a career) that you can enjoy for the rest of your life. I want you to enjoy yourself in here and have a great time- but I want it to be enjoying the work you’re doing- not just talking to your friends. Talk while working. Encourage and challenge one another to greater things. Don’t get so stuck in the conversation that you’re not doing anything productive. This is important.

Those of you who are new to my class- I need you to trust me. I’ve had 10 years of very successful programs. This current program (with Mr. Moya and Mrs. Mavrookas) is the best in the world at getting students certified in the Adobe ACA tests. Our students win contests and get free software, prizes, even cold hard ca$h! I need you to follow the directions in these posts and when I send you to a page, read the whole page. Start at the top and read down to the bottom. If the text is a link, click it and read what’s there or watch the movie. Don’t skip around. Skipping around on this site or with these videos is like skipping around in a book… at the end you’ll have done all the work of reading all the words, but you won’t have the enjoyment of knowing the story. It’s all the work without any of the joy.

I don’t ask much of you guys. In return for what I do ask of you, you will never have homework, you will never write reports or take vocabulary tests on technical terms. You get to pick your own projects and work at your own pace (as long as you’re working). You’ll never be lectured to and we do fun hands on stuff. In 9-10 weeks you’ll be industry certified in an important piece of software for your future, and you’ll most likely recieve college credit for this class.

And all you need to do is just come in here and read these posts and watch the movies, then just explore what they’re talking about. Follow the simple instructions I give and have fun doing it. I know this class is different. It’s supposed to be. I want to teach you how to LEARN, not just how to use these apps. My goal is not to teach you how to use programs, but to teach you how to teach yourself something new.

And it all starts with learning to read the simple instructions that help you move forward… like these.

Make sure that you have your portfolio downloaded and configured on your computer. (instructions on CT1 and CT2 pages). I expect that your files will be saved in the folders that are inside that portfolio. That portfolio is your grade for last week. As long as you have it downloaded, configured, and you are doing your journal entries, you have an A for the week! Be sure to copy the first week’s journal entries (the one on the enneagram and career research) into the new journal as explained in week 0.1. Many of you either didn’t pay attention to that last paragraph or didn’t see it. Read every word, gang! You’re responsible for what’s in these posts!!!