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Class Description

Utilizing the fundamentals of design and exploring various poster art created throughout history, students will create their own movie posters. 

Learning Objectives: in this class, students will learn about

  • Utilizing the basic tools in Photoshop and Adobe Fresco, students will explore the fundamentals of design:
    • Shape, contrast, line, color, texture, space, and hierarchy
  • Utilizing the tools in Photoshop and Adobe Fresco, students will explore poster designs and layouts, and learn how to create a layout and moldboards.
  • Students will explore what makes a poster memorable, and hooks.
  • Students will explore and discuss what aspects of design makes a poster likable or not.  
  • Students will explore the history of poster art and the fundamentals of creating them.
  • Students will utilize the fundamentals of perspective, foreshortening and the rule of thirds.
  • Students will explore color palettes and how to choose them. 
  • Practice the art of the peer critique by giving peer critiques on the progress of student work;
  • Explore opportunities and potential resources on career pathways;
  • Discuss how to distribute, exhibit, and promote artwork for a variety of audiences.


  • iPad
  • iMac
  • iPencil
  • Wacom Tablet 


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Capture
  • Z Brush (for students who wish to work on 3D projects after they have finished their poster)

Deliverables: Students and Class Projects

  • Students will work collaboratively to create two movie posters for MAPS films: RISE and The Wandering Woman of Willow Bee Creek
  • Utilizing masking and keying techniques, students will create their own individual movie poster parody based on their favorite movie genre. 
  • For returning students: learn to model and export a file for 3D printing using ZBrush
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