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When I first started teaching, I thought that I had to be the expert in all things (which I wasn't) and at the end of the day, I was exhausted!
At my first job, I taught all things art: drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic design, photography, even yearbook!
No matter how many late nights or weekends that I spent planning and researching, I never felt that it was quite enough. Especially in the area of the digital arts.
There were so many directions that I could go in, so many techniques to learn, so many concepts to cover. I didn't know where to start!
To save myself some sanity (and keep me from running from student to student trying to troubleshoot every problem like a chicken with my head cut off), I created video tutorials.
But not just videos showing students how to use the digital programs, I created a curriculum that allows students to learn at their own pace through video tutorials.
This curriculum provides everything you need to get started. You could literally scan over your presentation today, and then teach it tomorrow.
The units build upon one another, so you can follow them in sequence, or pick and choose the ones that work best for you.
This isn't just a curriculum. It's a community. Get advice from other teachers in our beta Slack community, see designs and images from other students doing some of the same projects you are, and get answers to your tough questions. Plus, we'll be in the chats every morning (except Sunday) to support you in this Digital Art Journey.
"Purchasing the lessons was a huge time saver! I also think the students really enjoyed the tone and pace of the videos. The lesson plans are clear, easy to understand, and easy to use."
~Tracy Collins - High school art teacher
A Note from the Founder
You can transform your classroom from overwhelming to engaging, without spending hours searching for the perfect lessons for your class.
We’ve already done all the hard work for you.
This is your special invitation to join the beta group in our DAT Membership where you get the full curriculum mentioned above AND become a part of our Slack community where you can ask questions, get answers, and meet others who are in the same boat as you, so to speak :).
What curriculum is included in the membership?
Once you have been set up, you will have access to ALL of the curriculum on the site. There is one full year of Graphic Design available (18 units) and one full semester of Digital Photography (16 units).
Can I get help if I'm struggling with curriculum or the technical side of things?
Yes! Our new beta Slack community was created with this idea in mind. Obviously, we can't be in your classroom to show you exactly what you need to do, but we can answer specific questions you have and even occasionally make a video that shows you how to walk through the issues you are having.
How do I know it's for me?
Do you teach graphic design or digital photography? Then it's for you. We've seen members with absolutely no digital training become comfortable in front of a classroom of high school students within a matter of weeks.
How much do I have to participate in the community?
It's totally up to you. We want you to feel supported and known, but you can also use the website as a more straightforward curriculum map if you like.
Does it matter if I'm new to using Illustrator or Photoshop?
Nope! If you're just getting started, we think this is the best way to start teaching the digital arts. The units start at a beginner level and each unit builds on the previous learning. Students (and you) can learn at their own pace which makes this an easy system to "ease your way in".
Are the lessons more art based or design based?
There are a bit of both art and design in both graphic design and digital photography. However, I would say that graphic design is more designed based and digital photography is more art based.
Once I am a member am I able to download the videos and the handouts?
The videos are streamed online, but all the materials are all available for download. Most of them are sent to you as PDFs so that you can use them on any version of computer you have at your school. Some of the resources are PSDs and Ai docs.
What programs are used for the units?
Photoshop and Illustrator are both used for the graphic design units. Digital Photography focuses only in Photoshop. There are a few units sprinkled in where no digital programs are used (perhaps save those for when your system is down...).