Visual Communication Victoria

2017 annual conference

VISCON 2017 - VCV  CONFERENCE November 24th & 25th, Swinburne

Update your skills, network and be inspired at VisCon 2017

VCV Annual conference Friday 24th & Saturday 25th November

corp 3v cmykwebSwinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn

Keep your eyes on the VCV website and emails as further information is provided. Bookings are now open.

Put these dates in your diary now!

The conference provides attendees with a broad range of opportunities to network with other professionals, both teaching and industry, and hear and learn from others. Participants will see a showcase of new and innovative art, design and technology materials, methods and media. In particular, there will be a range of workshops and discussion/information sessions aimed at increasing your understanding and skills in the teaching of Visual Communication Design.

1 day country member - $249
1 day member - $279
1 day non-member - $379
1 day student teacher - $105
1 day non-member country - $379
2 days country member - $328
2 days member - $372
2 days non-member - $449
2 days student teacher - $145

Conference Program

Friday Keynote. Click for details

Michael HendersonAssociate Professor Michael Henderson - 9:15 - 10am

Faculty of Education, Monash University

Twitter: @mjhenderson

Michael is an Associate Professor in Educational Technology in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Michael spends most of his time being enjoyably frustrated with educational technologies. He argues that technologies are not simple solutions and cannot be simply parachuted from one classroom to the next - but with them we can playfully design opportunities for learning – for both students and teachers. His research spans early childhood through to secondary and tertiary settings and he has recently published a new edited collection on “Teaching and Digital Technologies: critical issues and big ideas.” He leads the Learning with New Media Research Group and is a lead editor of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Over the past decade Michael has provided expert advice on a range of digital education topics including social media and risk taking, design thinking and creativity to Australian and international agencies, and is currently co-leading the UNESCO sponsored EDUsummIT working group for creativity and digital technologies.

Keynote: The wicked problem of digital technologies: the need for playfulness

What would happen if we were more playful in thinking about digital technologies in education? Digital technologies are often talked about as solutions – artefacts and practices that can be simply parachuted from one classroom to the next to solve problems or improve outcomes. While there is the potential for great results, they are rarely achieved without considerable skill and orchestration by educators who can adapt to the ripples of complexity caused by inserting new technologies and practices. For some of us this is a challenge we can thrive on – constantly adapting and innovating. For some of our colleagues, and for some of our students, it creates a difficult and sometimes an insurmountable barrier. Every day, and perhaps even more so with the changing curriculum, we are faced with the ‘wicked problem’ of bringing together the potentiality of technology with the complexity of education, not least the diversity of students, teachers, schools and policy. However, this is not something we can or should shy away from. Instead we can celebrate the wicked complexity of digital technologies in education and use the opportunity to leverage new ways of thinking, teaching and working. In this keynote I will talk about the wicked problem we face, and how we can borrow from design thinking to simultaneously engage in critical, optimistic and pragmatic futures. In addition, I will talk about the potential flaw in design thinking and how playfulness might hold the key - for teaching, learning and even school reform

Friday Morning workshops. Click for details

FM1. David Morrison. An Approach to Unit 3

David is a teacher of VCD, a VCAA examiner and the past President of VCV.

The workshop will focus on Unit 3 Outcome 1 and how to manage time and content. There will be some resource sharing and practical tips using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. An overview of Outcomes 2 and 3 will be included looking at how best to implement content.

Unit 3/4

FM2. Mark Wilken. Advanced Marker Rendering Studio Workshops

Mark has worked extensively as a Product Design Consultant and Lectures in this discipline at the Swinburne National School of Design and, on occasions undertakes guest lecturing at both interstate and overseas institutions. He runs the highly successful Studio Workshops one-day program which specialises in Advanced Rendering Techniques using the Copic range of products.

In this VCV workshop, participants will be shown advanced rendering techniques and undertake a series of exercises using a range of product to generate outstanding visual images. Materials and equipment for this workshop has been provided by StudioCopic.

FM3. Georgia Doherty. VCE Creative Typography Brief

Georgie is a VCE Vis Com teacher at Waverley Christian College. Coming from an Industry background in textile design she found a love for educating young creatives. She is always searching for new ideas to take hand drawing sketches into digital platforms for final presentations. Adobe IIlustrator and Indesign are where she feels most at home.

Ever wondered how to create your own font? Want to learn about the anatomy of typography and how to use your drawings to design your own alphabet? This design process begins with visualisation drawings and design thinking techniques to turn our topic of 'mundane objects' into creative lettering. We will then edit these drawings in illustrator using the pen tool, brushes, adding colour, texture and effects to manipulate each whilst paying close attention to typography conventions. Final presentations will reflect an alphabet poster formatted using Indesign. All files, step by step tutorials and examples of work are provided. This unit is suitable for Unit 2 students. Resources also provided for hand rendering type unit for Year 7/8.

Target - VCE Unit 2

Resources provided for 'Creative Type Unit' for Year 7/8

Beginner

FM4. James Taylor. Game On

James has taught in a range of both government and independent schools over the past 20 years. He is currently teaching at Box Hill High School. James has been a long-time contributor to VCV conferences and Units 1 - 4 seminars.

Want to inject a little excitement into your teaching? Want to help you students engaging in learning VCD? With so much focus on serious business of curriculum development it can be hard to find time for the serious business of having fun. Recently, James has been on a quest to develop a wide range of activities to use with his classes across all areas of VCD. Participants will come away with a host of games and activities. Why not come prepared to share a few of your own?

Years 7 – 12

FM5. Jo Condon. Design elements and principles

Jo is a Melbourne based, freelance creative who specialises in visual marketing, communication design and photography for design-led clients. With a background in science, Jo maintains a keen interest in science communication and derives inspiration from the natural world.

Participants will live the communication design dream: honing knowledge of design elements and principles, applying it to real world briefs, and critiquing design outcomes in a relaxed and informative atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on the value of feedback during the design process. Participants will leave with a content cheat sheet and new ideas for the classroom.

Workshop content will be applicable useful for students of all years, 7 – 12.

FM6. Meegan Triance. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Introduce the users to Adobe Illustrator through a range of tutorials - open, create, save, print.

Run through the interface and explaining the different toolbars and learn how to use specific tools. Shapes, pen tool, pencil tool.

Explain what layers were and how to change the layers, merge layers and flatten layers.

Focused towards year 9-12, beginner

FM7. Sean Walsh. Introduction to InDesign

Sean is the owner of Short and Suite, an Adobe training business that offers tailored, one-on-one training. They regularly run courses in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator across a broad range of industries. This training can be delivered at their Collingwood studio or on-site.

An Introduction to Adobe InDesign essentials. An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop essentials.

The workshop will demonstrate InDesign's key tools for creating industry standard layout and design. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and discuss how InDesign can be used within a class room environment.

This lesson would be suited to design teachers across all levels.

This workshop is suitable for beginner level.

FM8. Debbie Mourtzios. Rendering - the exam

Debbie is a freelance illustrator, exhibiting artist and printmaker. She has experience teaching graphic design and has worked in the graphic design and publishing industry and the tertiary education system. Debbie loves to draw using a range of media to explore forms.

This session will use past VCAA exam rendering questions to explore the most effective and quickest method for rendering surface materials in a short time frame. Participants will render a range of past exam rendering questions using a range of media to explore the form of the object.

No drawing experience necessary

Useful for all year levels, but targeting year 11 and 12.

FM9. Marcus Veernan. Playground Ideas : Community Design

       Ceo of Playground Ideas. Marcus has helped communities in 85 countries to design and build playgrounds

How to use community feedback to design a playground (or anything else!)

Starting with a blank slate is difficult when creating anything. CEO Marcus Veerman has created a community consultation model that creates a whole picture for which to create a design.

Teachers will participate in a hands on workshop to create a community consultatyion, map at the school, refine the ideas and then use our Drop and Drag online designer to create an awesome, tailored playground.

FM10. Simone Taffe. Branding and identity Design

Simone Taffe is Associate Professor in Communication Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Simone lectures in the areas of branding and identity design and inclusive and participatory design. Simone worked as a graphic designer and design manager for over fifteen years. This experience includes seven years as design manager for the City of Melbourne, overseeing the council’s branding program. Simone has also managed branding projects for the leading Melbourne design consultancy Flett Henderson Arnold (now Futurebrand). Simone's research addresses co-design and its influence on the communication design process.

This workshop will introduce you to branding and identity, drawing from university class exercises, student sample projects and industry experience in corporate branding. It will also introduce to you co-design techniques in branding as a model of inclusive design for future designers. The workshop mainly aims to give you ideas for high school student projects however it may inspire you take up future studies in branding or work as a branding freelancer. It will include: a sample lecture on branding; ice breaker games to discover the power of brands that surround us; a review of university branding briefs and how they could be modified for high school levels; a look at brand value words, moodboards, personas, positioning maps; techniques for developing a broad range of brand ideas by categorizing hand drawn sketches upfront and how to extend a brand across a range of contexts without badging the same mark on many applications.

Useful for year 11-12

FM11. Rehana Patrick. Logo Design Basics: Adobe Illustrator for beginners

Rehana is a leading teacher and Leader of the Visual Arts Faculty at Star of the Sea College, Brighton, where she has taught Years 9 - VCE Visual Communication and Design for the past 18 years.

The need for simplicity in logo design leads to exploration of shape, colour and type as key features. Participants will use Adobe Illustrator tools to trace and create simple shapes from complex images, explore design elements of line, shape and colour, then add type into the mix, exploring type styles to suit, and bring them together.

Any year level, but quite good as introduction for Year 9 -10

Friday Afternoon workshops. Click for details

FA1. Ric Roberts. Encountering 3D printing and (unbelievably simple) CAD for 'non-believers'?

Ric has taught all kinds of Visual Arts and Technology subjects including Vis Com, Media, VET IDM, Coding and STEM. Currently employed at St Alsoysius College and writing for VCAA.

We will begin to translate the skills we presently use in junior and intermediate Vis Com for drawing forms, onto very simple CAD software. We will work with forms to produce a simple 'model' in CAD space using TinkderCAD. We will learn how to export our model and prepare it for 3D printing. We will see a 3D printer in action but due to time constraints participants will not get to print their work.

This is entry level so will engage years 8-10. He uses it at Year 9, however he would not hesitate to use it for prototyping at senior levels.

FA2. Mark Wilken. Advanced Marker Rendering

Mark has worked extensively as a Product Design Consultant and Lectures in this discipline at the Swinburne National School of Design and, on occasions undertakes guest lecturing at both interstate and overseas institutions. He runs the highly successful Studio Workshops one-day program which specialises in Advanced Rendering Techniques using the Copic range of products.

In this VCV workshop, participants will be shown advanced rendering techniques and undertake a series of exercises using a range of product to generate outstanding visual images. Materials and equipment for this workshop has been provided by StudioCopic.

FA3. Georgia Doherty. VCE Creative Typography Brief

Georgie is a VCE Vis Com teacher at Waverley Christian College. Coming from an Industry background in textile design she found a love for educating young creatives. She is always searching for new ideas to take hand drawing sketches into digital platforms for final presentations. Adobe IIlustrator and Indesign are where she feels most at home.

Ever wondered how to create your own font? Want to learn about the anatomy of typography and how to use your drawings to design your own alphabet? This design process begins with visualisation drawings and design thinking techniques to turn our topic of 'mundane objects' into creative lettering. We will then edit these drawings in illustrator using the pen tool, brushes, adding colour, texture and effects to manipulate each whilst paying close attention to typography conventions. Final presentations will reflect an alphabet poster formatted using Indesign. All files, step by step tutorials and examples of work are provided. This unit is suitable for Unit 2 students. Resources also provided for hand rendering type unit for Year 7/8.

Target - VCE Unit 2

Resources provided for 'Creative Type Unit' for Year 7/8

Beginner

FA4. James Taylor. Heads Together

James has taught in a range of both government and independent schools over the past 20 years. He is currently teaching at Box Hill High School. James has been a long-time contributor to VCV conferences and Units 1 - 4 seminars

It can be lonely at the top, so why not sit down with other heads of department to learn from others’ experience and to share your own? More round-table discussion than workshop, lead by James, who has been Head of Visual Arts in three schools over the past 20 years. The focus will be on curriculum development and managing change (including the Victorian Curriculum). It will also be of benefit to sole teachers of VCD in a school.

FA5. Jo Condon. Design elements and principles

Jo is a Melbourne based, freelance creative who specialises in visual marketing, communication design and photography for design-led clients. With a background in science, Jo maintains a keen interest in science communication and derives inspiration from the natural world.

Participants will live the communication design dream: honing knowledge of design elements and principles, applying it to real world briefs, and critiquing design outcomes in a relaxed and informative atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on the value of feedback during the design process. Participants will leave with a content cheat sheet and new ideas for the classroom.

Workshop content will be applicable useful for students of all years, 7 – 12.

FA6. Geoff Baker. Typography for Year 9 students

        Geoff is a teacher in the Arts team at Santa Maria College in Northcote. He has been teaching since 2004 and a member on the VCV council since 2012.  He loves typography.

A hands on introduction to the Anatomy of Typography (and Adobe Illustrator) that will provide teachers with a complete unit of work that can be implemented immediately

Target year 9 level

Beginner

FA7. Sean Walsh. Introduction to In Design

Sean is the owner of Short and Suite, an Adobe training business that offers tailored, one-on-one training. They regularly run courses in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator across a broad range of industries. This training can be delivered at their Collingwood studio or on-site.

An Introduction to Adobe InDesign essentials. An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop essentials.

The workshop will demonstrate InDesign's key tools for creating industry standard layout and design. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and discuss how InDesign can be used within a class room environment.

This lesson would be suited to design teachers across all levels.

This workshop is suitable for beginner level.

FA8. Anne Garofalo. Thinking about Designing?

With many years of teaching Vis Comm, Anne is still learning about this subject and how it plays an integral part in our daily lives. Anne is a Life-Member of the VCV and current member of VCV Council.

Don't know how or where to start Designing?

In this workshop, Anne will provide you with the basic tools for classroom-ready lessons on how to design a product and or brand identity and how Design Thinking can be used throughout. Targeted at Yr.9/10 specifically, your students will be confident and enjoy designing from scratch.

Suitable for New teachers or Teachers returning to the classroom.

9/10

FA9. Marcus Veernan. Playground Ideas : Community Design

       Ceo of Playground Ideas. Marcus has helped communities in 85 countries to design and build playgrounds.

How to use community feedback to design a playground (or anything else!)

Starting with a blank slate is difficult when creating anything. CEO Marcus Veerman has created a community consultation model that creates a whole picture for which to create a design.

Teachers will participate in a hands on workshop to create a community consultation, map at the school, refine the ideas and then use our Drop and Drag online designer to create an awesome, tailored playground.

FA10. Simone Taffe. Branding and identity Design

Simone Taffe is Associate Professor in Communication Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Simone lectures in the areas of branding and identity design and inclusive and participatory design. Simone worked as a graphic designer and design manager for over fifteen years. This experience includes seven years as design manager for the City of Melbourne, overseeing the council’s branding program. Simone has also managed branding projects for the leading Melbourne design consultancy Flett Henderson Arnold (now Futurebrand). Simone's research addresses co-design and its influence on the communication design process.

This workshop will introduce you to branding and identity, drawing from university class exercises, student sample projects and industry experience in corporate branding. It will also introduce to you co-design techniques in branding as a model of inclusive design for future designers. The workshop mainly aims to give you ideas for high school student projects however it may inspire you take up future studies in branding or work as a branding freelancer. It will include: a sample lecture on branding; ice breaker games to discover the power of brands that surround us; a review of university branding briefs and how they could be modified for high school levels; a look at brand value words, moodboards, personas, positioning maps; techniques for developing a broad range of brand ideas by categorizing hand drawn sketches upfront and how to extend a brand across a range of contexts without badging the same mark on many applications.

Useful for yr 11-12

FA11. Rehana Patrick. Logo Design Basics: Adobe Illustrator for beginners

Rehana is a leading teacher and Leader of the Visual Arts Faculty at Star of the Sea College, Brighton, where she has taught Years 9 - VCE Visual Communication and Design for the past 18 years.

The need for simplicity in logo design leads to exploration of shape, colour and type as key features. Participants will use Adobe Illustrator tools to trace and create simple shapes from complex images, explore design elements of line, shape and colour, then add type into the mix, exploring type styles to suit, and bring them together.

Any year level, but quite good as introduction for Year 9 -10

Saturday Speakers. Click for details

Kathryn Hendy Ekers. 9-9.30am

Epiphany Law – Yvette Kwei. 9.30-10am

Saturday Morning workshops. Click for details

SM1. Ric Roberts. Encountering 3D printing and (unbelievably simple) CAD for 'non-believers'?

Ric has taught all kinds of Visual Arts and Technology subjects including Vis Com, Media, VET IDM, Coding and STEM. Currently employed at St Alsoysius College and writing for VCAA.

We will begin to translate the skills we presently use in junior and intermediate Vis Com for drawing forms, onto very simple CAD software. We will work with forms to produce a simple 'model' in CAD space using TinkderCAD. We will learn how to export our model and prepare it for 3D printing. We will see a 3D printer in action but due to time constraints participants will not get to print their work.

This is entry level so will engage years 8-10. Useful at Year 9, however he would not hesitate to use it for prototyping at senior levels.

SM2. Kathryn Hendy-Ekers/Jacinta Patterson. Sat Folio

Kathryn Hendy-Ekers is the Curriculum Manager for Visual Arts and Media for the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority. Kathryn is responsible for the management of Visual Arts, Design and Media for all school levels from F - VCE. Kathryn has experience teaching in primary, secondary and tertiary sessions both in Victoria and internationally. She is currently undertaking a PhD researching the development of curriculum in Art museums with secondary school visual arts teachers.

Jacinta Patterson is an experienced visual communication design teacher who has taught in a variety of independent and Catholic secondary schools. She has previously worked for the VCAA as a Panel Chair and Chief Assessor and is the current State Reviewer for Visual Communication Design. Currently Jacinta is Head of Art and Design at Ivanhoe Grammar School and the mum of three boys and an overindulged cat.

This workshop will address the changes for the SAT Folio in the 2018-2022 Study Design. Practical advice, possible approaches and assessment explained.

SM3. Julie Easo. Introduction to Sketch up

Julie has a background in architecture and has been teaching Interior Design for the last 8 years.

“Challenging myself to explore and learn new skills has kept me passionate about teaching. I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of a well-designed object and the brilliance of its designer.”

The workshop focuses on the core features of SketchUp. Topics include navigating around the

interface, drawing and manipulating objects and components, and applying materials and

textures. You will also learn how to work with the 3D Warehouse and apply essential rendering

styles

9 & 10

11 & 12

Comfortable with use of computer software such as MSOffice and Microsoft Paint etc

SM4. James Taylor. Game On

James has taught in a range of both government and independent schools over the past 20 years. He is currently teaching at Box Hill High School. James has been a long-time contributor to VCV conferences and Units 1 - 4 seminars.

Want to inject a little excitement into your teaching? Want to help you students engaging in learning VCD? With so much focus on serious business of curriculum development it can be hard to find time for the serious business of having fun. Recently, James has been on a quest to develop a wide range of activities to use with his classes across all areas of VCD. Participants will come away with a host of games and activities. Why not come prepared to share a few of your own?

Years 7 – 12

SM5. Elizabeth Lacey. Orthogonal Projection – from the beginning

An experienced teacher of VCD, PDT and Visual Art and a practicing artist. Elizabeth has been around long enough to have a few tricks up her sleeve. The workshop will teach you how to introduce orthogonal drawing.

A straightforward and logical approach to teaching orthogonal projection, using minimal technology. This hands on session will equip you to teach students a simple way of approaching Orthogonal projection using only a pencil, paper and a few rules.

Assuming no prior knowledge, we reference VCAA’s Technical Drawing Specifications and aim for you to leave this workshop with sufficient knowledge and skills to introduce your students to Orthogonal Projection from the beginning.

Suitable for Yrs 7 – 12

SM6. Darren Smith. Bus Wrap design – Ai and PS

Darren ran a small graphic design studio for over 25 years and is the Course Coordinator of Graphic Design at Box Hill Institute.

Aimed at intermediate level - some basic knowledge of the programs - PS and AI an advantage

SM7. Rosie Marshall. Illustrating with Photoshop

Rosie is a professional Illustrator. She works for Commercial Advertising companies, Childrens books, Commissioned work and Exhibitions

This is a beginner’s course demonstrating how to creatively illustrate using Adobe Photoshop. The workshop will focus on making selections with the polygonal lasso tool. Applying various colour palettes and special effects onto scanned outline drawings. The use and applications of layers, how to use layer styles, overlays, and textural effects.

SM8. Geoff Baker. Typography for Year 9 students

Geoff is a teacher in the Arts team at Santa Maria College in Northcote. He has been teaching since 2004 and a member on the VCV council since 2012.  He loves typography.

A hands on introduction to the Anatomy of Typography (and Adobe Illustrator) that will provide teachers with a complete unit of work that can be implemented immediately

Target year 9 level

Beginner

SM9. Darren Naftal. Do it with models

Architect and former professional model maker Darren Naftal, will share:

  • his techniques to make models with ease, communicate the design, and look like works of art in their own right.  
  • the importance of pre-planning.
  • what cardboard/materials to use and when. 
  • applying colour and texture. 
  • what tools to make the process easiest. 
  • tips on reducing waste and keeping fingers attached. 

SM10. Miguel Araujo. Adobe Illustrator and Modular Type

Miguel is a Visual Communication Design Teacher who absolutely enjoys seeing students succeed. From the State to the Independent sector, VCV council and various roles with VCAA, Miguel brings a wealth of experience to the classroom.  

This session is aimed at producing a Year 11 type task, encouraging students to explore Adobe Illustrator tools, the anatomy of type and typefaces to create a modular font. The workshop will introduce you to type, focus on building Adobe Illustrator skills needed to create a vector based font, and provide you with a few goodies for the classroom.

Can be useful if you teach year 10, 11 & 12 VCD

Some knowledge preferred, however not necessary

SM11. Debbie Mourtzios. Rendering - the exam

Debbie is a freelance illustrator, exhibiting artist and printmaker. She has experience teaching graphic design and has worked in the graphic design and publishing industry and the tertiary education system. Debbie loves to draw using a range of media to explore forms.

This session will use past VCAA exam rendering questions to explore the most effective and quickest method for rendering surface materials in a short time frame. Participants will render a range of past exam rendering questions using a range of media to explore the form of the object.

No drawing experience necessary

Useful for all year levels, but targeting year 11 and 12.

Saturday Afternoon workshops. Click for details

SA1. Tracy Hogan. Photoshop fashionista

Tracy is a freelance fashion and lifestyle illustrator. She is the course coordinator of CAD for the Fashion Adobe Program at Fashion Masters.

Tracy teaches the certificate and diploma fashion drawing and creates instructional notes for this course and the Adobe program. Tracy teaches illustration for Diploma of Costume for performance at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Explore the magic of Adobe Photoshop for rendering your fashion croquis and costume designs, these techniques are not limited to fashion use, they are also suited to anyone interested in design and illustration. Digital templates of croquis and presentation boards will be supplied. Demonstration and class notes will be given on:

  • How to scan hand-drawn images and prepare them for rendering in Photoshop.
  • Using Layers Masks and Adjustments – techniques are non destructive, allowing for editability.
  • Using Photoshop tools to enhance images. Adding photo content to drawings or for creating digital collages.

Participants will receive notes on “Extra” Adobe Photoshop techniques and a list of helpful YouTube links for further learning / teaching

The exercises are created for years 10-12, techniques can be adapted for all years dependent on students prior learning or ability

This will suit teachers with some prior experience with Photoshop

SA2. Kathryn Hendy-Ekers/Jacinta Patterson . Sat Folio

Kathryn Hendy-Ekers is the Curriculum Manager for Visual Arts and Media for the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority. Kathryn is responsible for the management of Visual Arts, Design and Media for all school levels from F - VCE. Kathryn has experience teaching in primary, secondary and tertiary sessions both in Victoria and internationally. She is currently undertaking a PhD researching the development of curriculum in Art museums with secondary school visual arts teachers.

Jacinta Patterson is an experienced visual communication design teacher who has taught in a variety of independent and Catholic secondary schools. She has previously worked for the VCAA as a Panel Chair and Chief Assessor and is the current State Reviewer for Visual Communication Design. Currently Jacinta is Head of Art and Design at Ivanhoe Grammar School and the mum of three boys and an overindulged cat.

This workshop will address the changes for the SAT Folio in the 2018-2022 Study Design. Practical advice, possible approaches and assessment explained.

SA3. Julie Easo. Introduction to Sketch up

Julie has a background in architecture and has been teaching Interior Design for the last 8 years.

“Challenging myself to explore and learn new skills has kept me passionate about teaching. I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of a well-designed object and the brilliance of its designer.”

The workshop focuses on the core features of SketchUp. Topics include navigating around the

interface, drawing and manipulating objects and components, and applying materials and

textures. You will also learn how to work with the 3D Warehouse and apply essential rendering

styles

9 & 10

11 & 12

Comfortable with use of computer software such as MSOffice and Microsoft Paint etc

SA4. James Taylor. Going Banapples

James has taught in a range of both government and independent schools over the past 20 years. He is currently teaching at Box Hill High School. James has been a long-time contributor to VCV conferences and Units 1 - 4 seminars.

Known for developing innovative approaches to middle and senior VCD classes, this year James has been teaching junior VCD and has loved every minute of it.

This workshop will cover strategies for preparing a junior VCD program, including assessment, reporting and the Victorian Curriculum. Participants will come away with a semester’s worth of tasks ready to use with years 7 to 9.

SA5. Elizabeth Lacey. Orthogonal Projection – from the beginning

An experienced teacher of VCD, PDT and Visual Art and a practicing artist. Elizabeth has been around long enough to have a few tricks up her sleeve. The workshop will teach you how to introduce orthogonal drawing.

A straightforward and logical approach to teaching orthogonal projection, using minimal technology. This hands on session will equip you to teach students a simple way of approaching Orthogonal projection using only a pencil, paper and a few rules.

Assuming no prior knowledge, we reference VCAA’s Technical Drawing Specifications and aim for you to leave this workshop with sufficient knowledge and skills to introduce your students to Orthogonal Projection from the beginning.

Suitable for Yrs 7 – 12

SA6. Darren Smith. Bus Wrap design – Ai and PS

Darren ran a small graphic design studio for over 25 years and is the Course Coordinator of Graphic Design at Box Hill Institute.

Aimed at intermediate level - some basic knowledge of the programs - PS and AI an advantage

SA7. Rosie Marshall. Illustrating with Photoshop

Rosie is a professional Illustrator. She works for Commercial Advertising companies, Childrens books, Commissioned work and Exhibitions

This is a beginner’s course demonstrating how to creatively illustrate using Adobe Photoshop. The workshop will focus on making selections with the polygonal lasso tool. Applying various colour palettes and special effects onto scanned outline drawings. The use and applications of layers, how to use layer styles, overlays, and textural effects.

SA8. Meegan Triance. Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Introduce the users to Adobe Illustrator through a range of tutorials - open, create, save, print.

Run through the interface and explaining the different toolbars and learn how to use specific tools. Shapes, pen tool, pencil tool.

Explain what layers were and how to change the layers, merge layers and flatten layers.

Focused towards year 9-12, beginner

SA9. Darren Naftal. Do it with models

Architect and former professional model maker Darren Naftal, will share:

  • his techniques to make models with ease, communicate the design, and look like works of art in their own right.  
  • the importance of pre-planning.
  • what cardboard/materials to use and when. 
  • applying colour and texture. 
  • what tools to make the process easiest. 
  • tips on reducing waste and keeping fingers attached.   

SA10. Miguel Araujo. Adobe Illustrator and Modular Type

Miguel is a Visual Communication Design Teacher who absolutely enjoys seeing students succeed. From the State to the Independent sector, VCV council and various roles with VCAA, Miguel brings a wealth of experience to the classroom.  

This session is aimed at producing a Year 11 type task, encouraging students to explore Adobe Illustrator tools, the anatomy of type and typefaces to create a modular font. The workshop will introduce you to type, focus on building Adobe Illustrator skills needed to create a vector based font, and provide you with a few goodies for the classroom.

Can be useful if you teach year 10, 11 & 12 VCD

Some knowledge preferred, however not necessary

SA11. Debbie Mourtzios. Rendering - the exam

Debbie is a freelance illustrator, exhibiting artist and printmaker. She has experience teaching graphic design and has worked in the graphic design and publishing industry and the tertiary education system. Debbie loves to draw using a range of media to explore forms.

This session will use past VCAA exam rendering questions to explore the most effective and quickest method for rendering surface materials in a short time frame. Participants will render a range of past exam rendering questions using a range of media to explore the form of the object.

No drawing experience necessary

Useful for all year levels, but targeting year 11 and 12.

 

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