Adobe Illustrator

Course Syllabus and Lesson Planner

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This course is written for grades 6-12. In this course you will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator. There will be videos for students to follow along with and quizzes to test your new found knowledge.


In this course there are 9 modules that cover everything from the introduction of Illustrator to working in and saving your artwork in Illustrator.

  • Module 1 covers the introduction to Illustrator and lets you know what you can do with and what it can do for you.
  • Module 2 will teach you some basics of Illustrator and go over certain terms and tools.
  • Module 3 covers working with Artboards and Layers in Illustrator.
  • Module 4 covers creating and manipulating shapes in Illustrator.
  • Module 5 teaches you how to work with color in Illustrator.
  • Module 6 discusses add type in Illustrator.
  • Module 7 shows you how to work with outside graphics in Illustrator.
  • Module 8 covers how to use Illustrator’s Pen tool.
  • Module 9 discusses how to save your artwork in Illustrator.

Course Length:   

As an elective course, we recommend one or two modules / week. Therefore, we feel that this course should take approximately 5 weeks to complete all modules/quizzes, and leave time to study, and take, the final exam. (See Lesson Plan below)

Course Prerequisites (if applicable):


Course Requirements:    

    Computer– Students must have access to a computer with internet access and an internet browser.  Simply STEM has been successfully tested using Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.  In addition, we have tested many versions of smart phone/tablet browsers as well.

    Internet Access – Although results may vary, based on connection type and speeds, we have tested our online videos on DSL, Satellite, Cable, and cellular connections.  Our courses cannot be download and require internet access to view them.

Course Grading:  

Grading will be based on quizzes, project uploads, and teacher requirements.

Lesson Plan:
Module 1 – Introduction to Illustrator Week 1
Module 1 – Quiz   Week 1
Module 2 – Getting Started Week 1
Module 2 – Quiz   Week 1
Module 3 – Working with Artboards and Layers Week 2
Module 3 – Quiz   Week 2
Module 4 – Creating and Manipulating Shapes Week 2
Module 4 – Quiz   Week 2
Module 5 – Working with Color  Week 3
Module 5 – Quiz   Week 3
Module 6 – Adding Type Week 3
Module 6 – Quiz   Week 3
Module 7 – Working with Outside Graphics   Week 4
Module 7 – Quiz   Week 4
Module 8 – Using the Pen Tool   Week 4
Module 8 – Quiz   Week 4
Module 9 – Saving Your Artwork Week 5
Module 9 – Quiz   Week 5
Study for Final Exam   Week 5
Final Exam Week 5