Course Outline


January::

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PROJECT 1
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Monday January 12 :: Day 1

	Introduction, overview of course and Digital Arts program

	Class assignment - write a paragraph on why you are studying to be an artist, 
	         what aspect of digital art are you interested in and, what goals do you want to 
	         have accomplished by the time you graduate.
	
	Set up Individual Class Blogs at Blogger.com
	
	Introduction to SIGGRAPH resources: SIGGRAPH Art Exhibitions Online
				
	 Assignment: DUE NEXT CLASS, Wed 1/14:
	                   Reading #1.1, Overture, pp.xiii - xxxi by Randall Packer & Ken Jordan from 
	                   Multimedia from Wagner to Virtual Reality due Wed 1/14 available online HERE
	                   Watch Videos about topics in the Article :: Click Here
	                   
	                   WRITE-UP: Please discuss the following questions / concepts on your BLOG:
	                   1) Describe the changes in Computer Science's development before and after World War II.
	                   2) Choose the artist/researcher you are most interested in from the reading. (probably one of the hyperlinks).
	                   		- Research the artist and find a few artworks. Copy and paste the URLs in your blog as links
	                   		- Write a paragraph about the artist and what interests you about him/her from a historical standpoint
	                   		- Write another paragraph that talks about their most recent artwork.
	                   		You can include a few images in your blog as well, if you like.
	                   3) What is the one thing about Computer Graphics history that you were most surprised to learn about from 
	                   the reading? Why?

 

TUESDAY January 13 ::

	*** DA Lab Monitor Mandatory Meeting - 5pm Tonight! (room 1026) 
	If you would like 24/7 access to the lab, sign up to be a lab monitor. (5 hours/week committment)

 

Wednesday January 14 :: Day 2

	Introduction to MacOS; Test Logins - GO > Connect to server...
 	Resolution & compression lecture;
	DEMO:  Photoshop - Introduction to Photoshop Tools and Layers
	Handout: Photoshop Notes (Packet)

	Introduce Project 1
	See Examples of self-portraits :: Click Here
	
	DUE: Reading #1.1 & Write-up (posted on your BLOG) - Email me your URL!! 
	
	Assignment:  Reading #1.2 & Research - Results posted on your blog due Wed 1/21
		             Roll of 36 source images due Wed 1/21 (10 best posted on Blog)

 

Monday January 19 :: No Classes

Martin Luther King Day - No Classes

 

Wednesday January 21 :: Day 3

	Discuss Reading #1.1 (Packer/Jordan)
	Discuss Reading #1.2 (Paul)
	Group Crit: Break into 4 groups: students display their 10 key images from their  
	          roll and discuss their ideas, referring to artist influences based on research (#1.2).
	LECTURE: RGB Color
	DEMO: Scanning:: objects and photos - workshop in class; 
	More Photoshop: (montage/collage, more layers, clean up scans, levels)
	 
	DUE: Source Photographs (Actual Prints or Digital Files on BLOG) 
	         Reading #1.2 and Blog Write-up #2
	         
	Assignment: Bring 5 images/objects to scan, due Mon 1/26

 

Monday January 26 :: Day 4

	DEMO: Scanning:: objects and photos - workshop in class;
	Working with scanned images
	
	DUE: Bring 5 images/objects to scan

 

Wednesday January 28 :: Day 5

School cancelled due to snow. 

In lieu of meeting face-to-face, Complete the following assignment for your BLOG:
	1) Save a version of your images (in progress) as .jpgs in Photoshop. 
	INSTRUCTIONS:
	- File > Save As...
	- Name the file (Save As:) and Format: .jpg from the pull-down menu. Choose a destination. 
		It will automatically create a flattened copy (no layers). 

	2) Create a new Blog entry and post the image(s) there. Write a sentence about the idea for your image. 
	Then Write a minimum of 3 questions for me about the image (things you want help on, advice, how to, etc.)  
	I will give you some feedback.

	PLEASE POST THIS BY TOMORROW 9AM SO THAT I CAN GIVE YOU FEEDBACK TOMORROW. This will give you 
	ample time to work on the images for next week. The critique 
	(when all five images are due) in one week from today, so use your time wisely!
	
	For lab hours and instructions on how to access the digital arts server remotely, click HERE

 


February::

 

Monday February 2 :: Day 6

	Visit Fine Arts Print Lab (room 202 FAC)
	See printers and scanners; file formats, printing substrates, and pricing	
	DEMO: Preparing files to print:  Flatten tif, RGB mode, Gamut warning
	Work Day - individual meetings
	
	Directions for handing in your prints to the class homework folder for Critique Wednesday

 

Wednesday February 4 :: Day 7

	PROJECT #1 DUE!!! Upload to class folder BY 2:30pm ** WE WILL START PROMPTLY!! **
	Critique
	
	Assignment:   
	1)  2 prints FROM OUR LAB, room 202 (minimum 8x12 inches) due Wednesday  2/11 
	  ** You may print additional prints for Extra Credit ** 
	  (NOTE: Your final images should be Reworked based on critique feedback PRIOR to printing for the best grade).

	2) FINAL, reworked images (5) due dropped into Homework Folder on 2/11.
		I expect to see improvements in your images between now and the final prints on 2/11.
		
	3) Reading #2-1 & Response Video art, pgs 78-113 (Rush) DOWNLOAD THE READING HERE AND 
       	   Blog Entry: Project 2-1 (Reading Response QUIZ) Due Mon, Feb 9
            SEE LINKS ON READING HERE	

 

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PROJECT 2
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Monday February 9 :: Day 8

 	Introduce Project 2
 	Discuss Reading #2-1
	Screening of relevant works ::	Gibbons, "Barbie's Audition" :: Campus, "Three Transitions" :: 
 		Deren, "Meshes of the Afternoon" :: Wegman, "Selected Works" :: Birnbaum, "Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman" ::
	
      	Assignment: Bring Camcorder (and Mini-DV tape) to next class
      	Information on borrowing camcorders at BGSU

	DUE: Reading #2-1 and Blog Entry: (Reading Response QUIZ) 
	

Wednesday February 11 :: Day 9

	WORKSHOP: Introduction to Video Camcorder (movements, functions, etc.)
	More Screenings :: Benning, "If Every Girl Had A Diary" and "Jollies" ::

	DUE: Final TIF files for Project 1 copied into Homework Folder (flattened).			
	DUE: 2 prints of Project 1 images from CAT lab

	Assignment: 
	1) Concept proposal for Project #2 (in paragraph form) due Mon 2/16 POSTED TO BLOG
	2) Reading #2-2 Handout on Framing / Shot terms (one page) for Monday, 2/16 
	3) Shoot 5 minutes of video ANYTHING!! Bring tape to next class!

 

Monday February 16 :: Day 10

       	WORKSHOP: iMovie (intro to iMovie & Digitizing)
       	Discuss Reading #2-2
 	More Screenings :: Kuchar, "The Inmate" :: 
	
	DUE: concept for Project #2 (posted to blog for grade & feedback)
	 Reading #2-2 (handout)
	 Mini-DV tape with 5-minutes of something you've shot (anything) & Camcorder (to digitize in class)

	Assignment: Storyboard due Monday 2/23

 

Wednesday February 18 :: Day 11

 	Demo: iMovie: Importing Audio and Images
	DISCUSSION :: Your ideas presented for class feedback (2 groups).
	Introduce/assign storyboard. Professional examples HERE

	Assignment: Storyboard due Monday 2/23 Download Printable Template

 

Monday February 23 :: Day 12

	Discuss Storyboards - small groups
	More Screenings :: Montano, "Mitchell's Death" :: 
	Individual Worktime

	DUE: Storyboard for Project #2

	Assignment: Progress checkpoint next class (clips digitized in iMovie)

 

Wednesday February 25 :: Day 13

	Individual Worktime;
	Demo: How to save your iMovie files as flattened movies

	DUE: Clips digitized in iMovie (checked off for grade)

 


March::

 

Monday March 2 :: Day 14

	Critique - Project #2 :: Part 1
	Video Projects due copied into Homework folder, complete for critique
	How to turn in your final video 

	DUE: Project #2 on Mini-DV .m4v file

 

Wednesday March 4 :: Day 15

	Critique - Project #2 :: Part 2
	
	Assignment: 
	1) Project #3 - Research and sketches Due: Monday, March 16
	2) Finalize Project 2 :: videos due: Wednesday, March 18 (**updates will greatly improve your grade!)

 

Monday March 9 :: NO CLASS

	Spring Break

Wednesday March 11 :: NO CLASS

	Spring Break 

 

Monday March 16 :: Day 16

	Introduce Project #3
	Set up of Maya interface 
	
 	DUE: Project #3 artist research on BLOG

 

Wednesday March 18 :: Day 17

	Maya - Polygon Primitives
	Work time	
	
	DUE: Final edited video project on Mini-DV tape and Critique Cards

 

Monday March 23 :: Day 18

	Maya - More modeling; 
	Work time

	DUE: Project #3 sketches (5)

 

Wednesday March 25 :: Day 19

	Maya - Shaders (Hypershade)
	Work time

 

Monday March 30 :: Day 20

	Maya -  lighting
	Work time

 


April::

 

Wednesday April 1 :: Day 21

	Maya - Shadows; Rendering (and basic camera)

 

Monday April 6 :: Day 22

	Critique: Project 3
	
	DUE: Project #3

 

Wednesday April 8 :: Day 23

	Fall 2009  Registration Information
	WORK DAY - MAYA Improvements

	Introduce Final Project
	Students will be responsible for making an online Artist Portfolio that 
	expresses their style that has emerged this semester. 

	Assignment - Final Project Research: surf the web and find artist portfolios that inspire you. 

 

Monday April 13 :: Day 24

	Students Present website critiques
	Demo: Create Website Flow Chart

	DUE: Website critique (posted to your Blogs)
	        Final changes to Maya images, copied to Homework Folder		

 

Wednesday April 15 :: Day 25

	Review Flow Charts
	Demo:  HTML:  Create a simple "skeletal" website using your flowchart
		How to layout your design in Photoshop

	DUE: Website Flowchart

 

Monday April 20 :: Day 26

	Demo: Image Preparation (Optimizing - Save for Web in PS), Video Compression using Compressor; 

	DUE: Your website design in Photoshop
		TWO prints (FROM Fine Arts Print LAB) of your best Maya Sculptures

 

Wednesday April 22 :: Day 27

	Demo: Slicing your Photoshop layout and importing into Dreamweaver
	Work on final

 

Monday April 27 :: Day 28

	Final critique - Part I (for those who want early feedback)

 

Wednesday April 29 :: Day 29

	Final critique
	Last day of class
	DUE: Final Project!

 


May::

Monday, May 4

	12pm::  Last chance to update final, revised portfolios for best grade.

May 4 - 8

	Finals Week
	Meetings by appointment