Masters School of Art

Christian Center for the Arts

Computer Art 102 - Class Description

Thursday School: Stephen Teague, Instructor

Friday School: Taran Kratz, Instructor

 

Level: 2

Age requirements: 12 and up

Format: Class

Prerequisites: Computer Art I

Instructor Permission: None

 

DESCRIPTION:

Computers are a unique and relatively new way to create, synthesize, and edit art and design work.  Computer Art II builds on the concepts presented in Computer Art I and gives students a more advanced understanding of Photoshop and how to use it as an artistic tool.

 

OBJECTIVES:

To learn how to use Photoshop to manipulate and create images and effects in advanced ways.

 

SUPPLIES:

A 2+ GB (gigabyte) Flash Drive will be needed to store the student's work.  Flash drives are available at just about every office supplies store for $15+.  Students may also want to bring in their own photos to work with, in digital form on their flash drive.  (If students ever wish to publish the work they create in this class, they will need either ownership of or permission to use the photos and designs in their work.)

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

The first couple of weeks will be spent reviewing what the students already know.  We will then move on to various concepts not already learned, such as brushes, advanced blending techniques, special effects, etc.  For much of the course the students will work on their own individual projects.  Students will be expected to have at least one piece of art completed for the final exhibit.

 

REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS:

Check schedule to determine time of class. Students are responsible for showing up on time and making work up outside of class.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT:

Students will not be graded (unless in college); however, they will be evaluated through level of skill performed in class on whether or not they can continue on to the next level.  Students will also be expected to keep track of their own projects, which will be kept on their flash drive.  The school and teacher will not be responsible for their loss or deletion.

 

HOW TO SUCCEED:

Computer art combines creativity with technical expertise, so students will need to be prepared to  explore possibilities, think "outside the box", be curious, and think "big picture" as well as focus on details.  Successful students use Photoshop as a tool for art and not merely a toy.  Students are also encouraged to look at examples of computer art around them and practice duplicating the effects they see in their own work.  Since this is a second level course, students will be relatively independent in choosing what they want to focus on so they will need to be willing to take initiative in coming up with and following through on their ideas.