Syllabus
AR 201, Introduction to Computer Art
Albertus Magnus College
Jerry Nevins, Professor
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Phone: 773-8546, office
Office: 203 Aquinas Hall

Grading Criteria... Week by Week Rubric

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Course Overview:

The computer has become an essential tool for anyone working in the fields of design, photography, videography, illustration, architecture, industrial design, animation, and multimedia and web design. This course will explore many facets of making art using computer hardware and software. This course will explore how using a computer in a generative, uniquely "computer" way new forms can emerge. We will begin by exploring the state of the art digital tools contained in Adobe's Photoshop CC. Using appropriated images we will learn to make selections, tonal and color control, apply filters, write action scripts and more. Next, we will try our hand at open source software for fractal rendering, and recording time based digital art.

This is a working studio class and through demonstrations and hands on work you will learn to solve visual problems using windows based software. This "hands on" experience is the key to success in this class. The primary evidence for progress in this class will be a portfolio of 35+ pieces illustrating concepts learned.


Topics to be covered include:

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CC
Selections, clones, serial imagery
Tone and color adjustment
montage, compositing
Printer output/ Creative controls
Fractal Art
Vector drawing
Digital Painting
Digital Design
Flash Applications
Time Based Art
2D Animation

Student Learning Outcomes: ·

To become proficient at creating, editing, posting, and working with digitally created images.

To develop and practice skills using digital photography tools and the Internet including emailing and posting to a web site.

To gain an appreciatiation of digital media through the study of historic and contemporary trends and to apply that appreciation to your own work.

To develop the habit of looking closely at the language of the two dimensional plane around you in order to appreciate it in terms of aesthetics and truth.

To explore time based digital art and create short videos set to music.

Week 1

Write a short Bio and post to the class blog... include a photo of yourself to be extra friendly!

Download and Install Photoshop CC Note: all public computers at Albertus have Photoshop installed on them.... this includes the library, computer labs, etc. You are welcome to do your work at school.

Don't download the whole creative suite... just Photoshop CC

Visit Lynda.com and watch the first few orientation videos on how to begin working in Photoshop Here The highlighted videos are free and can get you started... The Library has several Lynda.com subscriptions so you can view anthing and everything in Lynda.com there.

Visit the Museum of Computer Art


Each week you will write a short piece about an artist you found interesting at MOCA and post it to the blog. How did the artist create this work? What software was used? Include an image from that artist's portfolio. Do that by right clicking on the image and choose "save image as". A paragraph or two would be enough. What is the work about? How did they do it? Include a link to the artist's website, if one exists.

Find an image using Google Images and open it in Photoshop. Explore how various filters affect the image... Do 6 or more variations, post your best 1 or two to the class blog. Experiment with pushing the original image to the limit and beyond. Try a "painterly" approach. You are only limited by your imagination and your willingness to experiment. My video from Graphic Design I on how to bring images found on the web is here:

Learn about Filters In Photoshop.

Week 2

Create an "Andy Warhol" silk screen image... Watch my video here

Mirror image a face and try the Liquefy tool in Photoshop Video

Visit the Museum of Computer Art
Write a short piece about an artist you found interesting at MOCA and post it to the blog. How did the artist create this work? What software was used? Include an image from that artist's portfolio. Do that by right clicking on the image and choose "save image as". A paragraph or two would be enough. What is the work about? How did they do it?

Week 3

Scripts and Digital Painting, The Painting Machine

Head to this page and review the video...Create and Action Script to create a progressive transformation of a photograph using Photoshop

Video and Instructions, here.

Video and Instructions for using Pixlr free photo editor to do this project, here.

Visit the Museum of Computer Art
Write a short piece about an artist you found interesting at MOCA and post it to the blog. How did the artist create this work? What software was used? Include an image from that artist's portfolio. Do that by right clicking on the image and choose "save image as". A paragraph or two would be enough. What is the work about? How did they do it?

Week 4

Apophysis... Fractal Flames

Download Apophysis here: Apophysis.org

Watch Video, Introduction to Apophysis Part 1, Overview

Demonstration of tools... getting started video

Visit the Museum of Computer Art
Write a short piece about an artist you found interesting at MOCA and post it to the blog. How did the artist create this work? What software was used? Include an image from that artist's portfolio. Do that by right clicking on the image and choose "save image as". A paragraph or two would be enough. What is the work about? How did they do it?

Week 5, Fractal Art

What is a fractal? Here is an excellent introduction to fractal geometry and why it matters... how to visualize infinity... Here

Download UltraFractal here: http://www.ultrafractal.com/

Introduction to Fractals

Video Tutorial, Lesson 1, Getting Started with UltraFractal 5.1

Video Tutorial, Lesson 2, Using the gradient editor, working with layer blends

Ultra Fractal

View Pam Blackstone's portfolio of 7 images

Visit the Museum of Computer Art
Write a short piece about an artist you found interesting at MOCA and post it to the blog. How did the artist create this work? What software was used? Include an image from that artist's portfolio. Do that by right clicking on the image and choose "save image as". A paragraph or two would be enough. What is the work about? How did they do it?

Watch this Video on interactive 3D fractal designing Take a screen shot of something that grabs your attention and post to blog with a comment...

Short video on Frax, an interactive app for your phone or iPad

Week 6

Line Rider
Create a 45 second to 1 minute video of the sledder moving in time, doing at least 1 flip and coming to a full stop without crashing....

Directly access Line Rider beta 3 Here

To save and reuse your saved Line Rider tracks on Albertus Computers:

Here is a good tutorial on how to find your .sol file (also where to save your downloaded tracks): Click here to read it. (opens in a new window)

Path to find your saved linerider track:

C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\QWERTYUIOP\www.linerider.com

View my video on getting started here

Download Hypercam here The download is free... The program will put a small logo at the bottom of your movie until you pay for a license.

Visit the Museum of Computer Art
Write a short piece about an artist you found interesting at MOCA or from any of the links belowand post it to the blog. How did the artist create this work? What software was used? Include an image from that artist's portfolio. Do that by right clicking on the image and choose "save image as". A paragraph or two would be enough. What is the work about? How did they do it? Search the web for some background information on the artist.

Week 7

Kaliedescope Painter
Make and save 4-6 examples. Describe how you made your piece(s) Try to vary brush size, use autodraw, change background, etc.

Pasta Heaven Use your snipping tool to capture a couple of interesting compositions... pretty mesmerizing!

WeaveSilk.com – Create something soothing.

Bomomo.com – Create art with a lot of different lines.

Instructional Video on how to do this week's project

Visit the Museum of Computer Art
Write a short piece about an artist you found interesting at MOCA and post it to the blog. How did the artist create this work? What software was used? Include an image from that artist's portfolio. Do that by right clicking on the image and choose "save image as". A paragraph or two would be enough. What is the work about? How did they do it?

Week 8

Mirroring and 4 way radial symmetry

Try taking a linear image such as tree branches, Video here

Visit the Museum of Computer Art
Write a short piece about an artist you found interesting at MOCA and post it to the blog. How did the artist create this work? What software was used? Include an image from that artist's portfolio. Do that by right clicking on the image and choose "save image as". A paragraph or two would be enough. What is the work about? How did they do it?

Finish up your portfolio, add images to it, revisit a past project to improve it, etc.

Academic Expectations:

Post work each week, including 1 artist review found at MOCA and 1 or 2 of your personal work. Check into the blog to create a post and leave comments for your classmates at least twice a week, , care about your work, make progress in the medium, help and cooperate with your classmates, take risks, make mistakes. Your grade will be based on a portfolio of 35 or more pieces due at the end of the session. As this is a workshop class, good attendance is assumed. Care about the quality as well as quantity of your creative work, help and collaborate with others in the class, communicate openly with me…. Do your best. Your portfolio posted to the blog will be the tangible evidence of your progress in the medium but your overall contributions will play a role in determining your grade as well. Don't wait until near the end, then run around and try to get your work done in a rush... that's like skipping class all semester. A's are earned by showing up consistently from the beginning, doing each project with personal enthusiasm and creativity and supporrting your classmates by commenting on their work on the blog.

Tradition of Respect: In our class: 1) Everyone is allowed to feel they can work and learn in a safe and caring environment; 2) Everyone learns about, understands, appreciates, and respects varied races, classes, genders, physical and mental abilities, and sexualities; 3) Everyone matters; 4) All individuals are to be respected and treated with dignity and civility; and 5) Everyone shares the responsibility for making our class, and the College, a positive and better place to live, work, and learn.

Special Needs and Accommodations: Please advise the instructor of any special problems or needs at the beginning of the semester.. Those students seeking accommodation based on disabilities should provide documentation.

Tradition of Honor: As a member of the Albertus Magnus College Community, each student taking this course agrees to uphold the principles of honor set forth by this community, to defend these principles against abuse or misuse and to abide by the regulations of the College. In art work, that means you have taken all of your photographs and have not appropriated any of the images presented as your own.

WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE:

 It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw from a course.  However, failure to attend a course for 14 calendar days may result in an administrative withdrawal from the course. The policies on course withdrawals and administrative withdrawals may be found online at http://www.albertus.edu/policy-reports/academic-policies-regulations-ug#apgr

 

 

Important Web Resources

The Museum of Computer Art

http://www.pixar.com/shorts/

http://www.tate.org.uk/netart/default.htm

SFMOMA e-space
http://www.sfmoma.org

Gallery 9 : Walker Art Center
http://gallery9.walkerart.org/

MIT Media Lab
http://www.media.mit.edu/

International Museum of Collage
http://collagemuseum.com/

Digital Art Museum
http://www.dam.org/index.htm

The American Sign Museum
http://www.signmuseum.com/

Institute for New Media Studies
inms.umn.edu
http://www.mediahistory.umn.edu/

Institute of International Visual Arts x-space
http://www.iniva.org/xspace/

The Alternative Museum
http://www.alternativemuseum.org/

Austin Museum of Digital Art
http://www.amoda.org/

Whitney Museum Art Port
http://www.whitney.org/artport/exhibitions/index.shtml

Net Art Web Sites:

UBUWEB
http://www.ubu.com/

BBC / Digital Artists
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/art/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/multimedia/guestartists/

Soundtoys
http://www.soundtoys.net/

Turbulence
http://www.turbulence.org/

New York Digital Salon
http://www.nydigitalsalon.org/

The low-fi Net Art Locator
http://www.low-fi.org.uk

DIAN (Digital Interactive Artists Network)
http://dian-network.com/

Teleportacia
http://art.teleportacia.org/

The Ars Electronica Festival
http://www.aec.at/de/festival/index.asp

Banff New Media Institute (BNMI)
http://www.banffcentre.ca/bnmi/

Magazines + Online Journals:


Born Magazine
http://www.bornmagazine.com/

Net Art Review
http://www.netartreview.net

CTHEORY multimedia
http://ctheorymultimedia.cornell.edu

Poems That Go
http://www.poemsthatgo.com/

frAme: Online Journal of Culture and Technology:
http://trace.ntu.ac.uk/frAme/index.cfm?article=51

New Media Encyclopedia
http://www.newmedia-art.org/sommaire/english/sommaire.h!26m

Organizations:

SIGGRAPH Conference
http://www.siggraph.org/s2005/index.php

SIGGRAPH EXHIBITIONS
http://www.siggraph.org/artdesign/

Ars Electronica Center
http://www.aec.at/en/index.asp

Digital Storytelling
http://www.storycenter.org/
http://www.dstory.com/dsfsedona_04/links.html

trAce Online Writing Centre
http://trace.ntu.ac.uk/

RunMe Software Art Repository
http://www.runme.org/

Rhizome
http://rhizome.org

Electronic Literature Organization
http://www.eliterature.org/


: Museum of Computer Art
Virtual Training Co's Adobe training movies
Lynda.com's free online training Movies
Computer Arts in the UK
Artpromote... Links to Computer generated art, fractals and more

Suggested Reading:

Wucius Wong, Principles of Two Dimensional Design
- Designing with the Computer

Linnea Dayton, Jack Travis, The Photoshop WOW! Book,

Luanne Seymour Cohen, Russell Brown and Tanya Wendling, Imaging Essentials.

Gosney, Odam and Benson, The Gray Book, Designing in Black and White on Your Computer.



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