Tue 8

Introductions, syllabus, Windows overview, uploading homework to server.

DA FTP and Server:

Digital images and art. [LECTURE HERE]

Assign Reading Response 1 (pp.43-66). Assignment requirements are [HERE]. Due Thu 10.

Thu 10

DUE Thu 10: Reading Response 1 should be uploaded before class.

Tue 15

DUE Tue 15: Reading Response 2 should be uploaded before class.

Thu 17

DUE Thu 17:

  • Project 1 research papers are due.
  • Project 1 drawings and mockups will be looked at by the professor.

Tue 22 - Continue in-class work, introduce in-class Bake-A-Cake exercise, flickr and creative commons, resolution constrictions

Thu 24 - Critique Bake-A-Cake

DUE Thu 24:

  • Completed Bake-A-Cake.psd file saved on class homework folder.
  • Inclass1 (Garden) and Inclass2 (Sunglasses) psd files saved on class homework folder.
  • Upload a progress jpg of how far along you are in Project 1 to the class server. There will be a folder in the Project 1 folder for this.


Tue 29 - DEMOs:

Thu 31

Selecting and masking, continued:


  1. Use Quick Select tool to make general selection. (Experiment with different brush sizes, hardness to get the result you want for your image.)
  2. Click Refine Edge button.
  3. Select the view mode that works best for you. (Black and White is a great place to start. Hit “F” key to toggle between view modes.)
  4. Check the Smart Radius box, and adjust the slider.
  5. Use brush and eraser to add/subtract from selection.
  6. Adjust other selection sliders as needed.
  7. Check the Decontaminate Colors box if needed to eliminate halos and unwanted colors from the selection, and adjust slider.
  8. Create a new layer with layer mask.

Portrait editing, continued:

DUE Thu 31: Upload a second progress jpg of how far along you are in Project 1 to the class server. There will be a subfolder in the Progress folder for this.



Tue 5

DUE Tue 5: Reading response 3 and response 4 uploaded to the server before class.

Thu 7 - Critique Project 1

DUE Thu 7: Project 1 completed and uploaded to server. Be ready to explain and defend your ideas in an intelligent way, using terminology discussed in class.

Tue 12 -

Thu 14 -

DUE Tue 19: Reading response 5 must be uploaded to class server before class begins. Rubric is [HERE].

Tue 19

DUE Thu 14: Project 1 printed from print lab. ALL requested adjustments during in-class critique must be made!

Thu 21

DUE Thu 21: Project2 research papers in Artist Response folder.


Tue 26 - Project 2 first series critique. Start again!

Assign Reading response 7 . Rubric is [HERE]. Due Thur 28.

DUE Tue 26:

Thu 28

DUE Thu 28: Reading response 7 is due before class begins.




Tue 12

Thu 14 - Critique of second series. Determine best concept and helps to improve.

DUE Tue 14: Have Project 2 second series jpgs uploaded to class server before class.

Tue 19- Project 2 class work time. PLEASE be prepared and have your final series Project 2 developed enough to get feedback from the instructor.

Thu 21 - FINAL Critique of Project 2. Discuss concept ideas for writing artist statements; elaborate on motives, motifs and walkthroughs.

DUE Thu 21: Project 2 final must be completed and uploaded to the class server in a flattened jpg format. We will critique these in class and discuss the execution of your concept. You will be required to make adjustments to this image. Also upload your artist statement for this project in a word doc format.

Tue 26 - Levels adjustments to match color/saturation. Revisit how to prepare borders for print lab. REMINDER: print lab is calibrate for darker imagery than on the lab computers! WORK day for Project 2 and Project 3.

Assign Project 3: Synesthesia. Progress check Apr 11, critique Apr 23, print due Apr 25.

Thu 28 - Critique of prints for Project 2 and artist statements.

MINI-ASSIGNMENT: Glitch Safari (due Thursday, April 4). Hunt for glitches on displays, signs and machines, on your television or cellphone. Capture them with a video or still camera. Bring them to class on Thursday, April 4 and upload to server. To get an idea of what to hunt for, check out these Flickr and Vimeo pages:

DUE Thu 28: Have a full size 42 inch print brought into class. Upload your artists statement to the class server under the project 2 folder. We will discuss alterations and read your artist statements, then hang the prints in the hallway.


Tue 2

Thu 4 - Guest artist lecture: Paul Hertz, an independent artist and curator who teaches new media art history and studio courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. NOTE: Class will be held in our original classroom, the video lab.

Tue 9

Thu 11

DUE Thu 11: Upload to class server progress pictures of your Project 3 work.

Tue 16 - Project 3 workday, one-on-one feedback.

DUE Tue 16: Upload geometric solids painting

Thu 18- Final Critique for Project 3 image

DUE Thu 18: Upload finished jpg of Project 3 to class server.

Tue 23 - Demo: painting

Thu 25 - FINAL CRITIQUE: Print and artists statement due.