Monday, 7 December 2015

Work at Balas!

Skyline Graphic Design students have work at Balas until January. Stop by and check it out. Balas is the Ann Arbor Public Schools Main Office located at 2555 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

How To Write A Critique Even If It Is Your Work

Being able to objectively look at your own work has so real value in it. It helps you achieve higher expectations.

Please follow the link below to help you understand how to evaluate others. This will help you think about your own Artist Statement that you will write about you own work.

Next, go online and find a photo and write a critique.

Follow the same setup as the link on your statement. Download this document to fill out. Once complete you will drop in the class drop box.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Charles Graham (12 Skyline) has qualified as a finalist to be a youth reporter for the 2016 election. They've narrowed the field down to 27 youth in the country - but they're only taking 12 people. 

The 12 people with the most votes from the community will be sponsored as Youth Reporters and go to the party conventions, cover the campaigns and the election day itself. 

Get online and VOTE FOR CHARLES.  Spread the word to your networks. Please, tell all your students. Announce this during Skytime/Sky12.  You can only vote once. You need to be signed into your Facebook. If you don't have one you can take 30 seconds to make a quick one and vote - then dump it if you don't want it.

Voting ends this Thursday @ Midnight - so vote today! They only given these students two days for voting!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Constitution Day

Please view the 2 Ted Talks on the Constitution and answer the questions. Resources are: A 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights by Belinda Stutzman ( and The Making of the Constitution by Judy Walton (

When you are finished with the worksheet you will need to create a Shepard Fairey like Obama poster by importing a selfie into the application and choosing in the Effects the Obama Style Poster. You will need to add a word that reflects your knowledge of the Constitution.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Adobe Max

Monday, 15 June 2015

Volunteer Opportunity for CJ Senior Prom Photo Shoot

What if you could dance with your partner at a Prom every year. Wouldn't that sound great? CJ Prom offers a chance to do this every year. Dedicated to her clients and their well being, Cynthia Barton-Spencer creates a themed Prom for her clients. Below you will find photos of the happy couples.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Congratulations to those in the Ann Arbor Library Art Show!

Below you will find the work done by Skyline High School students in Graphic Design and Digital Photography.



Sunday, 22 February 2015

Photographer Research PowerPoint Slide Instructions

Name __________________________ Hour ______________ Due _______________
Photographer Research PowerPoint
Here is a quick guideline that will be helpful for you to have an awesome Final Research Project. Remember you will need to have 12 images (including title and date) done by the Photographer Artist of which 3 will be critiqued in detail, 3 facts about the Photographer, 3 images done by you in the style of the Photographer and a resource page. As far the critique think Elements and Principles of Art and use those terms to consider if the artist did it well. Pick 4 terms to use in your critique think 4 sentences per slide. Slide 13- Your 1st image. You will need a title for each of the 3 pieces.

Slide 1- Title page that includes artist, author and image #1.

Slide 2- Facts #1 and #2 about the Photographer and image #2.

Slide 3- Fact #3 and image #3.

Note: You may double up on the slides but make sure to have 12. The last 3 should have their own slide as they are the ones you are critiquing.

Slide 4- Image #4

Slide 5- Image #5

Slide 6- Image #6

Slide 7- Image #7

Slide 8- Image #8

Slide 9- Image #9

Slide 10- Image #10 including critique.

Slide 11- Image #11 including critique.

Slide 12- Image #12 including critique.

Slide 13- Your 1st image. You will need a title.

Slide 14- Your 2nd image. You will need a title.

Slide 15- Your 3rd image. You will need a title.

Slide 14- Your Resources. Example-
Slide 1-
Image #1- www.
Slide 2-
Image #2- www.
Slide 3-
Image #3-
Image #4-

You may have more or less slides. Keep it casual.

Project Checklist for Straight Shadow, Straight Reflection, Shadow and Reflection

Name ____________________________________ Hour ______________________________

Digital Photography 1

Images dropped in the Drop Box (1 of each)
Self Critique turned in
Straight Shadow (10/3)

Straight Reflection (10/3)

Shadow (2)

Reflection (2)

Michigan Art Education Association Region #3 Show



Congratulation to the 5 students chosen to compete in the MAEA Region #3 Show.


Thursday, 5 February 2015


This past week your were suppose to take 10 shadow and 10 reflection photos. The reason for this exercise is to see how difficult or easy it is to do this. I heard many times that it was hard and what did I mean about reflections.

Here is a link to 50 Stunning Examples of Reflections

Another resource is 100+ Creative Examples of Reflections in Photography.

The article, Quick Tips: 4 Steps to Remarkable Reflection Photography, has ideas for creating your own reflections and finding them.