Masters School of Art

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Computer Art 101 - Class Description

Level: 101

Age requirements: 12 and up

Format: Class

Prerequisites: Familiarity with computers

Instructor Permission: None



Computers are a unique and relatively new way to create, synthesize, and edit art and design work.  Computer Art I gives students a basic understanding of Photoshop (the professional standard in digital photo manipulation) and how to use it as an artistic tool.



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



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.)



The beginning of the class will focus on familiarizing the students with the Photoshop layout and basic tools and the potentials in color tweaking and modification.  We will move on to text effects and then background removal/changing and how to combine two or more images.  If there is time, we may go into various filter effects and begin on the potentials of brushes as well as possibly incorporating other media, such as paintings and drawings.  We will be using printed tutorials for much of the lessons, giving the student more independence.  Students will be expected to complete at least one project for the final exhibit.



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



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.



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.

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