Course Outline


January::

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PROJECT 1
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Tuesday January 12 :: Day 1

	Introduction, overview of course and BGSU 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 blogs.bgsu.edu
	
	 Assignment: DUE NEXT CLASS, Thurs 1/14:
	                   Reading #1.1, Overture, pp.xiii - xxxi by Randall Packer & Ken Jordan from 
	                   Multimedia from Wagner to Virtual Reality due THURS 1/14 available online HERE
	                   NOTE: there are SIX pages here (click the >> arrow at the bottom to read on!)
Watch Videos about topics in the Article :: Click Here WRITE-UP: Please discuss the following questions / concepts with answers 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 12 ::

	*** DA Lab Monitor Mandatory Meeting - 5pm! (room 1030) 
	If you would like 24/7 access to the lab, sign up to be a lab Monitor. (5 hours/week commitment)

 

Thursday January 14 :: Day 2

	Introduction to WindowsXP system; Test Logins to homework folders (again!)
 	
 	Introduction to SIGGRAPH resources: SIGGRAPH Art Exhibitions Online
				
 	Resolution & compression lecture; Key Imaging Terms
	
	DEMO:  Photoshop - Introduction to Photoshop Tools and Layers
	Handout: Photoshop Notes

	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:  1) Artist Research - Results posted on your blog due Tues 1/19
		              2)  Roll of 36 source images due Thurs 1/21 (10 best posted on Blog)
		              3) Reading #1.2 (Digital Art) due Thurs 1/21 [ download reading HERE ]

 

Tuesday January 19 :: Day 3

	Discuss Reading #1.1 (Packer/Jordan)
	
	LECTURE: RGB Color
	DEMO: Photoshop Tools & Layers
	Discuss Reading 1.1
			 
	DUE:  Blog Write-up #2 (Artist Research)
	         
	Assignment: Bring interesting things to class to scan (cool textures, etc.), due Thurs 1/21
		Reading #1.2, due Thurs 1/21
		36 digital photos (self portrait), due Thurs 1/21

 

Thursday January 21 :: Day 4

	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).	

	DEMO: Scanning:: objects and photos - workshop in class;
	More Photoshop: (Tuestage/collage, more layers, clean up scans, levels)
			 
	DUE: 5 images/objects to scan
		Reading #1.2
		36 digital photos (self portrait)

	Assignment: 5 completed scans, due Tues 1/26

 

Tuesday January 26 :: Day 5

	DEMO: More Photoshop: Working with scanned images
	
	DUE: 5 scans (objects, photos, etc.)

 

Thursday January 28 :: Day 6

	Work Day

 


February::

 

Tuesday February 2 :: Day 7

	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 images to the class homework folder for Critique Thursday

 

Thursday February 4 :: Day 8

	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 Thursday  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 Tues, Feb 9
            SEE LINKS ON READING HERE	

 

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PROJECT 2
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Tuesday February 9 :: Day 9

 	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: 
      	1) Bring Camcorder (and Mini-DV tape) to next class
      		Information on borrowing camcorders at BGSU
	2) Reading #2-2 Handout on Framing / Shot terms (one page) for Thursday, 2/11 (download >>  PART 1 and PART 2 )

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

Thursday February 11 :: Day 10

 	Introduce Project 2
	WORKSHOP: Introduction to Video Camcorder (movements, functions, etc.)
		Discuss Reading #2-2 (2 parts) in context of workshop
	Discuss Reading #2-1 & understanding the history of Video Art
	
	DUE: Final TIF files for Project 1 copied into Homework Folder (flattened).			
	DUE: 2 prints of Project 1 images from PIP lab
	DUE: Reading #2-2 (handout)

	Assignment: 
	1) Concept proposal for Project #2 (in paragraph form) due Tues 2/16 POSTED TO BLOG
	3) Shoot 5 minutes of video ANYTHING!! Bring tape to next class!

 

Tuesday February 16 :: Day 11

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

	Assignment: Storyboard due Tuesday 2/23

 

Thursday February 18 :: Day 12

 	Demo: iMovie: Importing Audio and Images
		Click Here for Free Sound Download sites.

	DISCUSSION :: Your ideas presented for class feedback (2 groups).
	Introduce/assign storyboard. Professional examples HERE
	More Screenings :: Benning, "If Every Girl Had A Diary" :: Benning, "Jollies" 

	Assignment: Storyboard due Tuesday 2/23 Download Printable Template

 

Tuesday February 23 :: Day 13

	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)

 

Thursday February 25 :: Day 14

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

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

 


March::

 

Tuesday March 2 :: Day 15

	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 .m4v file

 

Thursday March 4 :: Day 16

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

 

Tuesday March 9 :: NO CLASS

	Spring Break

Thursday March 11 :: NO CLASS

	Spring Break 

 

Tuesday March 16 :: Day 17

	Fall 2010  Registration Information
	Introduce Project #3
	Look at Sculpture Examples
	Video work time, if needed 
	
 	DUE: Project #3 artist research on BLOG

 

Thursday March 18 :: Day 18

	Set up of Maya interface;
	Maya - Polygon Primitives
	Work time
	Guest Instructor: Sarit Somasa
	
	DUE: Final edited video project as high quality .m4v or .mov file (do NOT turn in an authored DVD!)

 

Tuesday March 23 :: Day 19

	Maya - More modeling; 
	Work time
	Guest Instructor: Sarit Somasa
	
	DUE: Project #3 sketches (5) - orthographic + perspective

 

Thursday March 25 :: Day 20

	Maya - Shaders (Hypershade)
	Work time
	Guest Instructor: Sarit Somasa

 

Tuesday March 30 :: Day 21

	Maya -  lighting
	Work time
	Guest Instructor: Sarit Somasa

 


April::

 

Thursday April 1 :: Day 22

	Maya - Shadows; Rendering (and basic camera)
	Guest Instructor: Sarit Somasa
	

 

Tuesday April 6 :: Day 23

	Critique: Project 3
	Guest Instructor: Sarit Somasa and Heather present for critique
	DUE: Project #3

 

Thursday April 8 :: Day 24

	Introduce Final Project :: Artist Portfolio

	Demo: Creating a Website Flow Chart
	Demo: Intro to basic HTML

	Assignments - Research: surf the web and find artist portfolios that inspire you. 
	         		Flowchart: Create a flowchart of your website.

 

Tuesday April 13 :: Day 25

	Students present website critiques (blog homework)
	Review Flow Charts

	WORK DAY - MAYA Improvements
	Guest Instructor: Tina Gionis

	Assignment - Sketches: Design your website (3 comps)

	DUE: Artist Portfolio website research (posted to your Blogs)
		 Website Flowchart

 

Thursday April 15 :: Day 26

	Demo:  HTML:  Create a simple "skeletal" website based on your flowchart
		How to layout your design in Photoshop

	Assignment - Design: Make your design in Photoshop

	DUE: 3 comp sketches of your website design
	         Final Images - Project 3 (2 views of each of 3 models (6 total), high-res TIF files), copied to Homework Folder	

 

Tuesday April 20 :: Day 27

	Demo: Slicing your Photoshop layout and importing into Dreamweaver

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

 

Thursday April 22 :: Day 28

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

 

Tuesday April 27 :: Day 29

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

 

Thursday April 29 :: Day 30

	Final critique
	Last day of class
	DUE: Final Project!

 


May::

Tuesday, May 4

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

May 3 - 7

	Finals Week
	Meetings by appointment