My goal with the intermediate students was to show them ways in which graphic design can be applied to a career. Most of our projects had some real world application to them, this usually required that the students collaborate with each other as well as across departments to get their work out of the classroom and off their laptops. Their assignments required more thought and effort than the intro class, but were also way more fun (at least from my perspective). Because they already had some foundational knowledge, I allowed the intermediate students to play a more active role in the types of projects we did. I was writing the curriculum as the year went along so if a student had a idea they were passionate about all they had to do was present their concept to me and I could usually find a way to make it work. One of these assignments was to create a coloring book by illustrating the pages using Photoshop's drawing tools. This assignment was the result of a student bringing her coloring book to class and letting me play with it.
I first asked them to brainstorm and select a theme for their coloring book; one class chose endangered species and the other chose places around the world (I stupidly forgot to transfer some of the pieces from my work laptop before I returned it so unfortunately the only examples I have below are the endangered species). After helping them set up the format of their workspace, the students used a combination of freehand drawing and scanning and digital pattern making in Photoshop to complete their illustrations. It wasn't the most seamless approach to the assignment, but the experience inspired me to buy some Wacom tablets for the classroom and boy are they game changers. I don't have one for personal use yet, but I do have a birthday in the not so distant future... ahem. Ultimately, the intention was to get them professionally printed and sell them in the school store. If you've followed my journey a little you know that unfortunately I moved away before this came to fruition, but it would have been a wonderful way to introduce the students to the business end of turning your creative pursuits into a career.
Shout out to my lovely students, I still have my copy and yes I use it.