GRAPHIC DESIGN I,   Pr. Ellen Baryshev

Credits, Hours
3 Credits, 6 hours (1 lecture, 5 lab)


Online Zoom Meetings
Every Monday and Wednesday, 11:30am - 2pm.
Link to enter the meetings:

We will use it only por posting your work there and peer commenting
To have access to the Open lab you have to create an account there:
1. Signing up on the OpenLab
2. Logging in to the OpenLab
3. Joining the course

Online Zoom Office Hour
Mon, 2pm - 3pm
Link to enter the Office Hour meetings:

Very important: in order to succeed in this online course, you need to be very responsible communicating with me; therefore, read each my email thoroughly and answer if required.
Private emails with me are the equivalent of meeting during my office hours – which, of course, I encourage you to do if your schedule permits, as well.


This basic design and color theory course explores graphic communication through the understanding of the elements and principles of design, as well as the design process,
including idea development through final execution. Students develop basic skills in two-dimensional design, color and content creation while employing the design process of research, sketching and experimentation.
Communication designers use the concepts explored in this course in disciplines such as advertising, graphic design, web design, illustration, broadcast design, photography, and game design.


Through hands-on experiments, collaborative learning and individual projects, students will learn the language and process for design thinking, gain a solid foundation in design principles and practices, and demonstrate:



Class activities and homework, projects and assignments explanations, schedule of projects and their due dates, grading strategy and other information will always be posted on the class site
Students are responsible for listening and reading all the instructions, including homework assignments and project texts, and following them. If for some reason a student missed an explanation or an announcement in class, the information is always written clearly on the class site. If a student is absent, he/she is still responsible for submitting homework on time as it is always available on the class site.
All homework assignments are due the following class meeting unless otherwise indicated.

Work submission:
All work in progress and final projects have to be:
1. Uploaded to OpenLab for peer critiques and
2. Uploaded to your dropbox
- Studio (handmade) projects should be professionally photographed by your camera
- Computer projects – digital files submission

Grades will be awarded using the College’s standard grading scale. Your performance will be evaluated considering effort applied, studying given materials, class participation and your work level, which will reflect how well you explored and integrated the design concepts and practices introduced in this course.
The grading calculation table with scores distribution is on your class website

NUMERIC GRADE RANGE (College catalog, page 30)



A -


B +




B -


C +







59.9 and below

Effective student participation is demonstrated by:


For drawing

- Sketch book or similar (9"x12")
- Bristol pad (9"x12" vellum)

- Tracing paper (9"x12)

- Graphite pencils (Venus or similar from 6B to B, HB, 2H)
- Basic pencil sharpener

- Eraser (kneaded eraser, magic rub, mars, gum or similar)

For graphic work
- Two black sharpies: fine point and ultra-fine point.

- Black Cat Waterproof India Ink

For painting
- Acrylic paints and brushes
You can buy them together, very good and cheap set
- Complete Acrylic Paint Set – 24 Pigment Colors and 12 Art Brushes (with Bonus Paint Art Knife & Sponge) Reeves 12-Pack Gouache Color Tube Set, 10ml

- An additional acrylic white color or similar. (it is used most of all and one little tube in a set is not enough)
Or buy separetely:
- Any acrylic set with similar colors
- And Sable-type watercolor brushes (flat #4, #8 and round/pointy: #1, #5)

- 1 roll drafting or removable tape or simple masking tape (in 99 store)
- Pallet paper or plastic tray (or you can use old plate to mix colors)
- Cotton rags (old white t-shirts or scraps) to wipe brushes
- Old magazines or paper scraps (to cover the table)
- Any plastic container for water

General Supplies:
- Old magazines
- Metal ruler 17 or 18 inches
- Compass (drawing tool)
- Small craft scissors
- White glue or glue stick
- USB to backup/transport digital work


Places to shop for supplies in NYC and/or Online:
Artist & Craftsman Supply:
307 2nd Street, Brooklyn, New York
761 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York
1449 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York
34-09 Queens Blvd, Long Island City, New York
2108 7th Ave Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, New York
1-5 Bond Street, NYC
237 W 23rd St, NYC
148 Lafayette St, NYC
111 4th Ave, NYC
650 6th Ave, NYC
21 East 13th Street, NYC
536 Myrtle Avenue,
W.C. Art Supply: 351 Jay St, Brooklyn

A class roster roll will be taken at the beginning of each class. Students arriving after the roll is taken will be marked “Late.” Arrival more than 15 minutes after the start of class will be marked as absence.
Note: a student’s responsibility is to remind the professor at the end of the class session that he/she was late and to check that the mark is changes to “Late”; otherwise the “Absent” mark will remain.
If absences are excessive, the instructor will alert the student that he or she may be in danger of not meeting the course objectives and participation expectations, which could lead to a lower grade.

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.