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ART 230 Foundations in Digital Arts

syllabus

Facebook group for this class

My office hours will be after the class in the same lab.

Week 1 - Tuesday 1-12-2016

Introduction
Take students photographs
Introductions
Introduction to the course
Discuss the software we will be using
Bitmap versus vector
Introduce the first project - Photo montage

Demonstrations
Look at the interface of Photoshop and Illustrator

Homework:
Research the photomontage project and gather images to use
Class Handout

 

Week 1 - Friday 1-15-2016

Review
Demonstrations
Photoshop basics, selections, copy and paste

Lab
Work on first part of Project 1 - Photomontage

Homework:
Continue to work on the first part of Project 1

Class Handout

Week 2 - Tuesday 1-19-2016

Review
Making selections; Polygonal Lasso Tool, Pen Tool

Rotating objects using actions
Duplicating objects by dragging and holding option
Demonstrations
Quick masks
Layer masks
Lab
Work on first part of Project 1 - Photomontage
I posted some videos in the facebook group you can also access some videos by going to vimeo.com/jonmeasures/videos

Homework:
Continue to work on the first part of Project 1

Week 2 - Friday 1-22-2016

Review
Auto selecting layers
Grouping Layers

Quick Masks and Layer Masks
Demonstrations
Demo for Surreal project
Lab
Work on first part of Project 1 - Photomontage

Homework:
Finish the first part of project 1 (Simmons and Burke inspired photo-montage). Also do some research on surrealism and do 10 sketches for your surrealist project.

Week 3 - Tuesday 1-26-2016

Turn in sketches for Surreal Photomontageand where you are at with the Simmons and Burke montage
I will demonstrate putting the sketches together as a multi-page PDF

Review

Go over what we had done in Friday's class; the use of layer masks, the Clone Stamp tool and transforming the doors.
Demonstrations
Continue the demo for surreal project
Lab

Start work on the surrealist component of Project 1

Surreal Photomontage
8.5" x 11"
300 PPI
Set the file up in RGB, this will allow access to all filters and is better for color correction. When you print depending on the printer you intend to use you may want to convert to CMYK.


I would like students to create compelling images that distort reality in a convincing manner. Surrealism often puts things out of context or plays with scale. Remember that the surrealists were interested in tapping into the subconscious mind, hoping to expose a deeper truth. Dreams are often seen as a portal into the subconscious.
The project needs to demonstrate a basic understanding of non-destructive approaches. To achieve this you must include at least one layer mask and at least one adjustment layer and one other example of non-destructive techniques such as duplicating layers to work on, cloning on a separate layer or using smart objects and smart filters.

Homework:
Work on your surreal photo-montage

Week 3 - Friday 1-29-2016

If you didn't have chance Tuesday because the class ran over a little, make sure you turn in sketches for Surreal Photomontage and the Simmons and Burke montage whereever you have got to.

Review

Quick review of Tuesday class
Demonstrations
Finish the demo for surreal project
Lab

Start work on the surrealist component of Project 1

Surreal Photomontage
See details on the breakdown for the Tuesday class.


Homework:
Work on your surreal photo-montage

Week 4 - Tuesday 2-2-2016

If you didn't have chance Tuesday because the class ran over a little, make sure you turn in sketches for Surreal Photomontage and the Simmons and Burke montage whereever you have got to.

Review

Review Layer Masks and Adjustment Layers
Demonstrations
Painting in Photoshop
Lab

Work on Surreal project

Surreal Photomontage
See details on the breakdown for the Tuesday class last week


Homework:
Try to finish both Surrealism and Simmons and Burke to present on screen on Friday.

Week 4 - Friday 2-5-2016

Critique
Demonstrations
Intro to Illustrator

Lab

Time to work on Photoshop projects.

Illustration Project
Part one
Do sketches and take photographs of a still life
Trace the still life in Illustration
Part two
Choose a song a poem or a nursery rhyme and illustrate the story using Illustrator
Start by drawing it out by hand.


Homework:
Set up a still life with 3 to 4 objects
Do at least one drawing of the still life
Also take photographs of the still life
If you have time you may find it helpful to do more than one drawing wither from a different angle or using a different approach.

Week 5 - Tuesday 2-9-2016

Demonstrations
Intro to Illustrator
Rotating an object around a center point
Working with basic shapes
Tracing from a drawing or a photograph

Lab

Time to work on Photoshop projects.

Illustration Project
Part one
Do sketches and take photographs of a still life
Trace the still life in Illustration
Part two
Choose a song a poem or a nursery rhyme and illustrate the story using Illustrator
Start by drawing it out by hand.


Homework:
Trace your still life in Illustrator
decide what song, poem or story you want to illustrate
If you have time you may find it helpful to do more than one drawing either from a different angle or using a different approach.

Week 5 - Friday 2-12-2016

Turn in final version of the two Photoshop projects
Review
Intro to Illustrator
Rotating an object around a center point
Working with basic shapes
Tracing from a drawing or a photograph

Demonstration
Gradients
Blend Tool
Mesh Tool

Lab

Work on Still life

Illustration Project
Part one
Do sketches and take photographs of a still life
Trace the still life in Illustration
Part two
Choose a song a poem or a nursery rhyme and illustrate the story using Illustrator
Start by drawing it out by hand.


Homework:
Work on the tracing to add rendering
Do thumbnails for your illustrated story

Week 6 - Tuesday 2-16-2016

Review
Gradients
Mesh Tool
Blend Tool

Demonstration
Patterns
Brushes
Symbols

Lab

Work on still life, then start working on the narrative illustrations

Illustration Project
Part one
Do sketches and take photographs of a still life
Trace the still life in Illustration
Part two
Choose a song a poem or a nursery rhyme and illustrate the story using Illustrator
Start by drawing it out by hand.


Homework:
Print the first two projects
Work on the narrative illustrations
Simmons and Burke should be 11" x 17"
The Surrealist project should be 8.5" x 11"

Week 6 - Friday 2-19-2016

Review
Quick review of patterns and brushes

Lab

Work on Illustrations and individual meetings

Illustration Project
Part one
Do sketches and take photographs of a still life
Trace the still life in Illustration
Part two
Choose a song a poem or a nursery rhyme and illustrate the story using Illustrator
Start by drawing it out by hand.


Homework:
Work on illustration projects

Week 8 - Tuesday 2-23-2016

Demonstration
Basic animation demo

Lab

Work on Illustrations and individual meetings


Homework:
Work on illustration projects
to present onscreen on Friday

Week 8 - Friday 2-26-2016

Lab
Work on Illustrations and individual meetings


Homework:
Over Spring break finish the illustrator projects to Present Tuesday on screen.By Friday I would like you to print the Still life illustration. This should be printed 8.5" x 11" and your name should be on the back.

I'm going to roll the narrative illustrations over into the InDesign part of the class and have you set it up as a booklet to print.
I will explain that in more detail when we get back.

 

Week 9 - Tuesday 3-8-2016

Review
Animation demo from before Spring Break

Frame-by-Frame animation

Present Still Life Project onscreen

Lab
Work on Illustrations and individual meetings


Homework:
Make final changes and print the still life for next week
As I mentioned in the last class before the break, I will roll over the narrative illustration project into the InDesign project later in the semester. In Friday's class I will introduce the next project, the animation prortion of the course.

Week 10 - Tuesday 3-15-16

Lab
Work on animation begun last week. I will finish seeing students that I didn't get to meet with last week.

Create a walk cycle for the demo on Friday

Week 10 - Friday 3-18-16

I was going to do a demo for Flash but I have a proposal that relates to doing a stop motion animation project.

Demonstration
Intro to Flash
Importing files from Illustrator
making a walk cycle

or

we can go to the beach and make a stop motion as a group.

Lab
Work on Flash animation
or we'll be at the beach

Homework
Work on animation project

Week 11 - Tuesday 3-22-16

Demonstration
Stop motion importing images into Animate
Importing Illustrator files in to Animate
Walk cyle

Lab
Work on animation project
Continue individual meetings with students

Homework
Work on animation project
to present in class next class

Week 11 - Friday 3-25-16

Review
Stop motion importing images into Animate
Importing Illustrator files in to Animate
Walk cyle

Lab
Work on animation project
Continue individual meetings with students

Homework
Work on animation project

Week 12 - Tueday 3-29-16

Demonstrations
Intr
o to InDesign
Introduce next project - Page Layout
Take a look at Blurb website

Project 4 - Page Layout project
Design a book. The book can be presented as an interactive PDF or for Extra credit you can make a printed book.

Option 1
Narrative illustration - kids book / graphic novel

Option 2
Portfolio

Option 3
How to book

Both this and the final project (digital to physical) are due at the end of the semester.

Lab
Work on animation project
Continue individual meetings with students

Homework
Work on animation project
to present Friday

Week 12 - Friday 4-1-16

Lab

Presentations for animations

Week 13 - Tuesday 4-5-16

Lab

Week 14 - Tuesday 4-12-16

InDesign
Review and continue InDesign
1. What are master pages for?
2. What are Styles?
3. What is the difference between Character and Paragraph Styles
4. How do you scale an image with it's frame
5. How do you set up the guides to create a grid structure?
6. Why do images look low resolution?
7. How do you set up automatic page numbering?
8. How do you change the margins and columns?
9. How do you thread text from one text box to another?
10. How do you use the Blurb plugin

New Demos
1. Make page numbering start at a page that is not the first page
2. Saving a color in the swatches panel
3. Exporting as a PDF
4. Packaging your project?

Homework
Work on book project

Week 14 - Friday 4-15-16

InDesign
Intro to interactive elements

Lab time to work on projects

Homework
Finish book and work on the physcial to digital final project

Week 15 - Tuesday 4-19-16

Rview, intro to interaction from last week and then go a little further.

Lab time to work on projects

Homework
If you haven't yet finished, the book project needs to be finalized and then work on the digital to Physcial.

Video for ebooks

10 Things for Beginner in InDesign video

Set of video tutorials for InDesign