Illustrator Week 1, Day 3: Lines, Shapes and the Eraser


Students will be able to create and modify lines and basic shapes by using the line, shape and eraser tools in Illustrator so they can build the foundations of more complex shapes and graphics.

Video Link:–get-started–essential-beginners

Topics Discussed:

  • Line Tool
  • Eraser Tool
  • Shape Tool
  • Using modifier keys to access additional options and save time


Demonstrate the usage of the shape tools on the upper right artboard by drawing a Rectangle, a Perfect Square, a Rounded Rectangle, an Ellipse, a Perfect Circle, a Triangle, a Pentagon, a Hexagon, a Line and a Star. Then demonstrate the use of the Eraser tool by erasing a small part of each shape. Save your work and we will continue using this document tomorrow.

Assigned: January 8th, 2020

Due Date: January 9th, 2020

Illustrator Week 1, Day 2: Brushes


Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the use of the Paintbrush and Blob Brush tools in Illustrator by producing brushstrokes and filled shapes so that they can recognize and apply the unique properties of these tools.  

Video Links:

How to Create a New Document:

How to Use Brushes:

Topics Discussed:

  • Start a new document in Illustrator CC 2017 using the Welcome screen.
  • Adjust settings in the New Document dialog box.
  • Establish multiple artboards.
  • Brush Tool
  • Blob Tool
  • Choosing a brush style
  • Changing the stroke color
  • Creating freeform lines, shapes, and other paths


Create a new Illustrator Web document with four default-sized artboards. Save this document as “YOURNAME – Illustrator Week 1”. We will use this document throughout the week to practice with the basic drawing tools.

Differentiate between and correctly use the Brush and Blob Brush tools by drawing a face with the Brush tool (two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a head) on the upper left artboard, then drawing a face with the Blob Brush tool on the same artboard. Choose appropriate brush strokes and sizes, and compare how the brushstrokes are different. Pay particular attention to the special path-merging properties of the Blob Brush. Save your document, and we will continue working on this document tomorrow.

Assigned: January 7th, 2020

Teacher Pacing Due Date: January 8th, 2020

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