Aubrey Garcia

Arts Specialist 


Tech. iNno Assessment

Art is a personal journey and just like anything else, the process involves practice, experimenting, trial and error and of course, creative exploration of one’s own ideas.  

Projects:  4 Projects- 200 Points Each (broken into 3 sections): 

Planning: Thorough plans are in a sketchbook and involve multiple ideas and approaches to the project, metacognitive reflection, problem solving,    exploring artistic voice and creative analogies and application of inquiry. 

Project: Graded based on achievement goals and guidelines specific to each project and technique. 

Process Blog: Submitted through blogger, this is an articulation of the creative process, exploration and experimentation, persistence through challenges and intrinsic motivation to see the project through to the end. 

Activities: 8 Weeks- 25 Points Each
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New techniques, artist inquiry notes are detailed to demonstrate new learning of terms, techniques and concepts specifically related to the projects. Notes are collected every Friday and graded for thorough investigation of each topic.

Light and Shadow Design  

How can light and shadow become a design element? In this project, you will answer this question, composing an art piece using light and objects or paper to create shadows and reflections that become part of the overall design.  The composition will be temporarily displayed as well as photographed to perminately capture the compositional impact. 

The KEY here is that shadows and reflections are a cohesive part of the subject matter that are uniquely and intentionally composed by the artist.  *Happening upon interesting shadows or reflections does not count.  


Experiment and play with different objects and paper.  Come up with 3 different explorative ideas first. 

Play with light and shadow.  

How can you bend and transform light? How can shodows be incorporated into the design?  What kind of backdrop will you need?  How will this be displayed?  And where? 

Achievement Goals: 

  • Submit a proposal of your plan.  This MUST be approved before construction begins.  
  • Objects and light are used to uniquely compose reflection and shadow as the focal point.
  • Overall composition includes balance of negative and positive space, rhythm/pattern, unity and contrast of the space used. Submit a photography of the final design. 
  • Submit a photograph of the design as intended

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Tech. iNno

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We live in a world of technology. It surrounds us and consumes our time and space.  We are also in a day and age where art and aesthetics play a central role in our sensory existence. 

Technology Innovation [Tech. into]  will merge technology and the creative arts giving students the opportunity to explore different forms of digital media to present their ideas and creative individuality.  Digital projects will include experimenting with a variety of technology, video, audio, graphics and design.

Fragments of Life:In this photography project, students will explore perspective, both figuratively and visual.  Taking inspiration from the CUBISM concept of fragmenting perspective and alternating vantage points, the idea is to photograph a scene in multiple points of view, assembling the photographs with fragmented and cut space between.  There will be a clear sense of Rhythmic flow throughout the composition while the element of space creates eye catching contrast. 


Investigate cubism and the principle of rhythm in design/photography. 

Know and applythese concepts to making a great photograph! 

Achievement Goals: 

  • Application of a variety of vantage points in the photographs
  • Compositional assembly of photos involves intentional rhythmic flow as well as a sense of cohesive unity between all the images. 
  • Photographic concepts are explored and applied in intentional photographic decision making
  • Overall artistic voice is achieved in a visual narrative that evokes emption in the viewer

Make a Promo Video

Studying film production, this project will challenge student artists to create a promotional video for a JA club, course or department.  Working closely with teachers, sponsors and JA students, production processes will be carefully followed to create dynamic promotional videos. 


Learn about Film Production  

Familiarize yourself with film composition and Showing Deeper Meaning and types of film frames

 Storyboard and Outline your concept ideas.  Include in your plans:

  • 50 word overview with the main idea, audience and overall emotion to convey (this should come from interviewing the club or sponsor!)
  • Location (be specific.  Why?  Visual Impact)
  • Visual Literacy Composition Plan: color, depth of field, textures, backgrounds and symbolic scene structures 
  • Lighting Plans and Props
  • Key players (actors)
  • Music (You CAN NOT publish copyrighted music.  Use Soundcloud or large band)
  • ​Framing (storyboard the types of frames you will use)


Achievement Goals: 

  • Submit a proposal of your plan.  This MUST be approved and signed off by Sponsor and Mrs Garcia before filming begins: Storyboard and Outline 
  • Intentional Visual Literacy is composed to help support the theme.
  • Lighting, music, props and framing are all intentional to the overall theme
  • The film is carefully edited with seamless transitions, correlating the the music, balanced sound and an overall cohesive storyline. 

This course is designed to allow for personal exploration and growth within the realm of technology and art. Projects for this class each require individual exploration and are not sequential, therefore they do not have to be completed in any particular order.  Each of the projects have their own components of inquiry that are essential to explore prior to beginning the project.  

You choose where to start.  Apply the necessary inquiry and complete the assigned tasks to prepare yourself for success in competing project objectives. If you are new to the studio art world and are looking for a basic place to start, start with one of the photography projects.  If you are already familiar with basic composition and design aspects, the animation project may be a good starting point.  For those who have taken Photography and Graphic Design, go ahead and jump right in to the Light Installation!!! 

Stop Motion Film  Animation brings a world of imagination alive to our minds eye!  It is through animation that we all know a mouse who talks, a man that has spider abilities and can scale buildings and a Skeleton who loves Christmas! Stop motion is a very simple (and sometimes tedious) process of using a series of still pictures to create motion in inanimate objects. For this we will be using the HUE animation program to create a 2 minute stop motion movie. 


Read the Book of Animation that comes in your HUE kit. Try out some of the various simple tutorials to familiarize yourself with the project. 

Check out some stop animation examples.  You must create your own handmade production materials.  Building with legos won't count. How can you make this your own story and different from what already exists out there? 


Achievement Goals: 

  • Thoroughly plan your concept, frames and character interaction in a simple 6-8scene  storyboard.  
  • Your animation must include a handmade element: cut paper, clay, drawings on a white board.... 
  • Compositional decisions are intentional to the storyline and action.
  • STOP MOTION means it can not otherwise be made through traditional video/film capture.