•  Welcome Vikings!

    This is my 10th year at NWHS and my 13th year as a teacher. Originally from the coast of North Carolina, I moved to the Triad where I earned a degree in Biology from Elon University (with many credit hours of art and design.) I followed quite a few paths prior to becoming an educator. I spent many years working as a veterinary technician in small animal, large animal, and emergency clinics. I worked as a zookeeper at the NC Zoo in Asheboro where I spent most of my time in the Northwoods/Prairie exhibits (black bears, grizzly bears, bison, wolves, and elk.) I was a ranch hand at a horse farm that bred mostly Trakehners. I spent some time working at a preschool (and found out, quickly, that I prefer working with teenagers.) I've held jobs in retail, laboratory sciences, museums, resort recreation, and various other fields...in other words, it took me a while to accept that my true calling is in education. My first teaching positions were in Randolph county as a science teacher, but I found my true "home" at Northwest! I love the subjects that I teach, and I really enjoy all the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that my students gain and grow throughout the year.

    Outside of the classroom I enjoy hiking, drawing, video gaming, traveling (when there isn't a pandemic,) going to the movies (again, when there isn't a pandemic,) singing, and spending time with my daughter and my dog.

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    Welcome to Digital Design & Animation (DDA) and Adobe Video Design

    2021-2022!

     

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    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    Digital Design and Animation I

    Course Number: TS24

    Aligned Industry Credential: None

    Introduction to Digital Design & Animation (DDA) introduces students to techniques used in CG effects, animated films and video games. The focus of this course is learning the techniques, tools and workflow used by professionals in the field. This course helps students understand digital design production. Students will learn how to apply different procedures in the production of 2D graphics. Students will understand digital design techniques with an emphasis on the design pipeline, the principles of design, color theory, and composition techniques. Students will learn in-depth techniques in Autodesk 3ds Max 2018 and Adobe Illustrator with some targeted work in Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro. Much of the work done in this class is project-based, requiring the student to develop long-term time management skills and self-discipline.

     

    Honors Digital Design & Animation II

    Digital Design and Animation II Course Number: TS25

    Aligned Industry Credential: 3ds Max Certified User (or Maya)

    Digital Design and Animation II emphasizes the use of industry-standard digital technology and media to help students develop the artistic and technical skills necessary to plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to 21st Century communications problems. Students engage in digital art activities using professional-grade creative software packages to develop complex 2D and 3D digital graphics and audio/video media. Students apply Adobe CC Suite and 3DS Max skills to industry-related activities and projects, mirroring workplace scenarios.

     

    Honors Adobe Video Design

    Course info TBA

     

     


    Class Info

    Instructor: Cassie Kirby-Smith (she/her)

    Room: 302 (Technology Center)

    Phone: (336) 605-3300

    Email: kirbysc@gcsnc.com


     

    Required Materials 2021-2022

    ALL CLASSES:

    • Earbuds/Headphones REQUIRED!! (NO Bluetooth/NO wireless)
    • Pens and Pencils
    • Optional: 4-8 GB flash drive (This is not required because you will be storing most of your work on a GCS OneDrive account.

     

    Classroom Wish List (NOT required):

    Hand Sanitizer

    Facial Tissue

    Old/unwanted video game posters and magazines


    Ms. Kirby-Smith’s Schedule 2021-2022

    1st Period: Digital Design & Animation I

    2nd Period: Honors Digital Design & Animation II

    3rd Period: Honors Adobe Video Design

    4th Period: Honors Digital Design & Animation II

    5th Period: Planning

    6th Period: Digital Design & Animation I

     

    Office Hours:

    TBA 

     

    Email: (BEST way to reache me!)

    kirbysc@gcsnc.com

     

     

     

     

     

    Phone:

    ‪(336) 447-3996‬
     
    (Google Voice number - please leave a message with your return phone number.)

     


     

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