Hello, I am the technology instructor here at Hoover in the Visual, Technical, and Performing Arts Department. I’ve been a teacher at Hoover since 2001, teaching classes in Computer Art, Multimedia Art, Digital Photography, and Design. I’ve also taught Studio Art, Beginning Computers, and Stage Tech. Previous to teaching, I worked as a graphic designer for a Design and Photography studio for tech industry clients. I graduated from San Jose State University with degrees in Art and Industrial Design.
Graphic Design: This is a year-long course for 8th grade students. The focus of this course will include the study of design from the various fields of Graphics, Photography, Industrial Design, Packaging, and Art History. Students create projects using Adobe Illustrator for drawing and illustration, and Adobe Photoshop to support using photographic images and for photo illustration. Students will be using their own artistic creativity to produce various projects and will also study how design encompasses all aesthetic aspects of contemporary society. Art/Design history will be explored with short writing assignments. Weekly keyboarding practice is also assigned to strengthen student computer skills. Additionally, current events from CNN Student News will inform students on news in contemporary media. Students will also have an introduction to code-writing from online sources.
Game Design: This new 1-semester class, offered to both 7th and 8th graders, is designed to give students an introduction to Game Design. The approach to teaching Game Design uses various resources that include an introduction to code writing, as well as using some game-maker sites developed for students at the middle-school age range. The code writing resource is the building block to developing game design as well as building future career paths. In this class, students will learn aspects of making a game, developing logic, strategy, and creating environments, besides creating challenges to users. They will also do research on games, and present their findings to the class through presentation software. Students will also learn basics in computer drawing, using Adobe Illustrator software, to draw and create characters and environments for their own game concepts. Art history and art appreciation will be included in a weekly writing portion to this class. Additionally, keyboarding practice is assigned to develop student computer skills as well as weekly current events review from CNN Student News.
Digital Photography: This year-long class, offered to 8th graders, is based on creating and editing images from photographs. The class will begin with students learning to use Adobe Photoshop, a photo-editing and illustration software. Due to it’s complexity, we will be taking time to learn the tools to enhance and alter photos first. After gaining skills with Photoshop, students will learn to use digital cameras for our projects. Different types of photographic subject matter will be used for projects. Some of those projects will take us outside for photo projects, while other images can be taken in the classroom. Those images will be used for final digital enhancement in Photoshop. Finished projects will be unique, using student developed skills and their own creativity. Additionally, Art and Photography history will be explored and be will be used as a basis for many of our projects, and as a weekly writing assignment to this class. Weekly keyboarding practice is also a part of this class to strengthen student computer skills. Current events from CNN Student News help keep students updated on news in contemporary media.
- It is strongly recommended that students bring their own earbuds or headphones for my classes. If students prefer, I can store these items for use in class only, for safe-keeping.
Goals I hope to instill in my students include:
- Familiarize students to using technology
- Teach students to use specific software
- Incorporate technology to advance academic advancement
- Encourage students towards career paths
- Expand visual arts creativity and appreciation
- Projects - 50%
- Classwork - 20%
- Effort/Participation - 20%
- Quizzes/Tests - 10%
- Note: Late work is accepted - no penalty, but it is highly recommended that work be turned in on time so that students avoid falling behind.
1st - Verbal Warning
2nd - Seat move (temporary)
3rd - Writing Reflective Paper at another classroom
4th - Seat move (permanent) and/or phone call home
5th - Behavior referral + phone call home + visit to Mr. Bell, Assistant Principal of Discipline
Herbert Hoover Middle School
1635 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 535-6274 x 134