Some teachers call them "do-nows." Others use the term "bellringers." You might have heard them called "warm ups." This is an eighty-two slide PowerPoint of short Adobe Illustrator handouts and worksheets designed to teach and re-teach the fundamentals.
These eighty-two activities will work with Adobe Illustrator versions CS3 through CS5.
A wide range of Illustrator concepts, tools, and processes are covered:
Using the Pen Tool
Drawing With Basic Shapes
Using the Paint Bucket
Using the Panels
Using the Color Guide
Understanding and Editing Anchor Points
Key Terms (Rotate, Delete, Horizontal, Vertical, Transform, Scale, Duplicate, Drag, Axis, Fill, Stroke, and more
The PowerPoint is 100% editable. You can make any changes you need to, like changing the order or title of slides.
Just because they are short, doesn't mean they are easy. Many of these activities are meant to be teacher-guided. They work best if you pass them out to students and guide them through it on a projector, smartboard or overhead. I like to guide them through one at the beginning of the period, then give them a similar or identical one again at the end of the period or the next day.
Sometimes, when working on big projects over days or weeks, students lose focus because there is no sense of immediacy. They feel like they have plenty of time to get things done, so they procrastinate and goof-off. When that happens, I like to surprise them with one of these activities (which I copied ahead of time, two per page). I tell them it is due today, this period. Doing so brings them back to attention in a snap, and reinforces important concepts that are relevant to the current project.