Course Description

Teachers will develop an understanding of the Adobe Illustrator software, its tools and a range of applications it has within projects.
Teachers will think creatively about the use of this software in teaching and learning programs across a variety of faculty areas.

NESA Accredited


Participants will be provided with a course booklet including examples and key content. It would be helpful to bring a USB drive for digital assets.


Teachers specialising in TAS, CAPA and Computing faculties with little or no experience using Adobe Illustrator.


Teaching Standards

2.6.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Information and Communication Technology (ICT):  Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful.

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Introduction to Adobe Illustrator will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptors 2.6.2 and 3.4.2 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.




Welcome to Illustrator (getting to know the interface)

45 minutes

This session will look at the graphic user interface of adobe illustrator, how tools are represented on screen, how to customise your workspace and how to make use of included extras that can often be overlooked.

Basic Shape Creation and customisation

1 hour 

This session will cover the creation of basic shapes in illustrator, including ellipses, quadrilaterals, polygons and stars. Participants are introduced to the terms; stroke, fill, patterned fill, gradient fill, custom brushes and the appearance panel. Illustrator manages vector artwork effectively through the use of multiple layers. This session looks at how to use these with ease in order to control the appearance and prepare for more complex operations

Working with Layers

1 hour

Illustrator manages vector artwork effectively through the use of multiple layers. This session looks at how to use these with ease in order to control appearance and prepare for more complex operations.

Using the Pathfinder Tool to make unique shapes

1 hour

Often misunderstood, the pathfinder tool is extremely helpful for creation "clean" shapes that are not standard. This session will deal with its use and some of the common mistakes that are made by students when implementing it.

The Pen Tool and Tracing

1 hour

The pen tool is a powerful one, that can often be easy to learn and hard to master. This session will give best practice for its use and demonstrate how it can be used for a very wide variety of purposes.

Working with Fonts in Illustrator

1 hour

This session will serve as a basic introduction to fonts, font types and their uses. As illustrator has powerful font handling capabilities, we will also look at how to manage text in a range of ways.

Application to Teaching

1 hour

The final session will serve as a platform for further exploration as to how all of these skills can be applied to new and existing teaching and learning programs

What to Bring

Please bring your own device (notebook / laptop) with Adobe Illustrator installed.  Before attending the course, try to look at the software at least once just to get a quick idea of what the interface looks like.  If you have already attempted to use the software, bring along any questions you may have. It would also be good to bring along ideas for course units you have that may be able to work with the software.

Venue Information


Club York Sydney
Level 2, 99 York St
NSW 2000


Club York is part of the Bowlers Club, with an entrance beside the Club. Take the lift to Level 2. A couple of buildings from the corner of Market Street, on the left-hand side heading towards Circular Quay. Middle of CBD.

Public Transport

5 min. walk from Town Hall Station, through Queen Vic. Building to Market St.  

Buses from George or York Streets.  Market Street is the closest stop.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.


Available underneath the Club.  Entrance Secure Parking 168 Clarence Street (back of building).

Parking Rates

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.


Jonathan Dunbier

Jonathan Dunbier

Jonathan is a TAS teacher and an Adobe Educational Leader, who loves to see his students become passionate about great design and typography. He has over twenty years experience with Adobe Illustrator and has a passion for creating clean and versatile vector artwork. Having taught a wide range of TAS subjects for over 15 years now, Jonathan has a passion for implementing new technologies in a meaningful manner and creating authentic links to syllabus outcomes. He likes to keep himself occupied by constantly completing design work on the side, including clothing designs, corporate image, and the odd wedding invitation. He continues to marvel at the design possibilities of Lego and loves searching for new additions to his music library.