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HS Digital Illustration & Surface Pattern Design-SPRING SEMESTER


Caroline Hernasy


In this class your student will learn how to illustrate simple digital art elements with the purpose of composing a pattern block which will then become a seamless repeating pattern - using only an iPad, a digital pencil, and the downloadable app called Procreate. We will learn the essentials of pattern design, as well as how to choose and use limited color palettes and much more. Many men and women have made a career as a work-from-home surface pattern designer and we will learn about a few. Students will also discover where to find online classes to further their ambition in this field.

Students will produce one pattern set (one main pattern block and two coordinating patterns).
A highlight to the final portion of the class is that students will create a simple logo and banner to set up shop on a print-on-demand website, upload their pattern design and apply it to all the products they choose to offer for sale. There is no cost involved in this portion and the website sets the price. You just set up shop and they do the rest! Seeing their pattern on a throw pillow, backpack, or the many other products your pattern can be printed on is extremely rewarding for all their effort.

An iPad is necessary for this class, as well as a digital pencil. Any iPad (except a mini) will work, but, the larger the better, as more screen space equals more ease in the design process. An Apple pencil is ideal, but there are many less expensive digital pencil choices that will work great.

**If you have any questions or need supply recommendations, contact me at:


Apple iPad (not a mini)
Digital pencil (Apple Pencil or alternative)
Procreate app (downloadable)
Drawing pad
Vellum paper pad
Sketching pencils.

Please contact me and request a supply cheat sheet which has photos of materials needed, prices, and where to purchase.

Caroline is a multimedia artist. Most of her work current work is with digital illustration but in the past has also included videography. In the past, she worked as a graphic designer for advertising agencies and newspapers. You can see some of her work at

She believes that all creative impulses happen because we are made in the image of the great Creator, the master Artist who wants us to flourish and embellish the world with beauty.

​Making art is what she loves to do most and she enjoys passing on the ability to use the tools that she uses to make art, to inspire others to see where they will take their creative aspirations. Her other favorite subjects of interest are history and Biblical studies. She has two grown sons who were homeschooled (now both in the Army). For two years her family belonged to the St Dominic Homeschool co-op and she taught history and worldview studies to high schoolers, as well as helping to paint the backdrops for the Shakespeare plays. Caroline coached her oldest son in making a National History Day documentary which placed 5th at the national competition in Washington D.C. and won the prize for best use of newspaper resources.

Caroline is a self-taught digital artists who, for the “fun” of it, is working towards a B.F.A in Graphic Design at Liberty University. Married 25 years. Native New Yorker but living in NC for the past 15 years.

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