Illustrator Week 1 – Day 4: The Pen Tool


To learn and demonstrate an understanding of the use of the Pen Tool in Illustrator.

Student-Friendly Learning Target: 

I can create and modify paths and shapes using the Pen Tool in Illustrator.

Video Link:
Activity Link:

Topics Discussed:

  • Pen tool
  • Modify anchor points and handles
  • Convert corner points
  • Smooth curves at anchor points.

Click the Activity Link to play the Pen Tool Game! Follow the tutorial, and practice using the Pen Tool to produce shapes with Bézier curves! There are ten levels (not including the tutorial levels). Take a screencap (Command+Shift+4 and draw a rectangle around the part of the screen you want to capture) of your highest level completed and place it on the lower left artboard. The first to complete all ten levels each class gets a prize!

Once you’re comfortable with the pen tool, demonstrate the usage of the Pen tool on the lower right artboard by drawing an open rectangular wave, a closed rectangular wave shape, an open smooth wave and a closed smooth wave shape. Apply a colored fill to the closed waves. When you are finished, it should look something like this:

Illustrator Example Week 1 Artboard 4
Illustrator Example Week 1 Artboard 4

Save the file and we will turn in this document on Wednesday.

Assigned: January 14th, 2019
Teacher Pacing Due Date: January 16th, 2019