Past Student Work Examples

Course Schedule:

(subject to change)


WEEK 1

Jan 22
Intro to course / syllabus review / Questionnaire
Begin Research #1: (Design Concepts)
project details, lecture info

Jan 24
Talk by Shane Anderson (about Open Lab etc.)
Navigating files using Bridge
Photoshop Intro
Exercise #1 - (Pixel Art)


WEEK 2

Jan 29
Due: Research #1 (Design Concepts)
Complete Exercise #1 - (Pixel Art)
Tutorial: (Mirrored Portraits) crop, transform, adjustment layers
Begin Exercise #2

Jan 31
Due: Exercise #1 (Pixel Art)
Tutorial: Adjustment Layers, Working with Masks
Exercise #3 - Portrait Composite

 


WEEK 3

Feb 05
Due: Exercise #2
Tutorial: Adjustment Layers, Restoration Techniques, Toning and Painting a Black & White image, Using Bitmap and Halftone Patterning
Lecture: Faking it
Begin: Research #2

Feb 07
Due: Exercise #3
Tutorials: Color
Color theories, Color test, White Balance, DuoTone, Blend if, using Texture Layers


WEEK 4

Feb 12
Lecture: Paula Scher - Netflix: Abstract - Effective Typography and Layout
Tutorials Week 4: Text - concepts & usage, layer styles
Exercise #4 - Text Effects
Due: Research #2

Feb 14
Tutorials: Vector:
Using vector tools in Photoshop
Using vector tools in Illustrator
and the trace function - moving back to Photoshop

WEEK 5

Feb 19
Tutorials: Vector
Using vector tools in Photoshop
Using vector tools in Illustrator
and the trace function - moving back to Photoshop

Feb 21
Tutorial: Digital Painting
Brushes - preset, downloaded, custom
Painting methods - Mixer Brush
Due: Exercise #4

WEEK 6

Feb 26
Tutorial: Patterns, Masking, Vector Shape Tool, Halftone effects
Begin Project #1

Feb 28
One-on-One (checking in to see how the ideas are coming for Project #1)
Tutorial: Working with Digital borders (Vector and Raster). The Marquee Tool and Polygonal Lasso (for masking - adjustment layers). Output Formats. Image Sizing. Uploading to Social Media.


WEEK 7

March 5
Tutorial - TBA, and one-on-one feedback on Project #1

March 7
Due: Project #1 - CRITIQUE



WEEK 8

March 12
Tutorial: Transform, Selection Tools, Mask Blending

March 14
Tutorial: Transform, Selection (review), Hair Selection, Gradient Tool
Project #2 assigned: Portrait Series

Spring Break

March 19

March 21

WEEK 9

March 26
Tutorial: Hair Selection (review), LightRoom (File Management, Matching Tone Adjustments), Portrait Retouch (Spot, Healing, Clone) and Frequency Separation

 

March 28
Exercise #5: Double-Exposure (Front / Profile, Front / Hands, Portrait / Landscape)
Tutorial: Part 2

WEEK 10

April 2
Finish Tutorials from last class and Complete Exercise #5
Continuing our exploration of Portrait effects for Week 10 part 1 Tutorials
Multi-Color Advanced Blending
Exercise #6: Converting Portraits using Hard Edged Effects (such as Benday dots and Color Fills), i.e., Warhol & Lichtenstein

 

April 4
Tutorial Week 10 part 2
Work on Exercise #7
Conferences on Project #2 - Please bring Assets and PSD files to class. Significant work should have been started. I will mark down notes and failure to make progress will effect grade.

WEEK 11

April 9
Independent work on Project #2
Work on Exercise #7 Prep

 

April 11
Project #2 Due / CRITIQUE

WEEK 12

April 16
Exercise #8: Composited Object
Tutorial: Shadows & Reflections
Adding Color Grading and Textures to a final composite

ALL PRINTS ARE DUE (for Exercise #7)

 

April 18
Turn Work into the Art Gallery for Student Show
Videos: Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor
Work on Exercise #8

WEEK 13

April 23
Project #3 assigned: Composite Landscape
Lecture: Surrealism (as it relates to our assignment)
Tutorial: Working with Vector Shapes (3D styled effects, to be used with a SciFi / Surreal Scape)
Exercise #8 Due at the end of class

 

April 25
Lecture: Alternative Processes
Tutorial: Alternative Process effects (simulations in Photoshop)
Prepping Digital Images for Digital Negatives

 

WEEK 14

April 30
Work on Project #3

 

May 2
Project #3 Due / CRITIQUE

WEEK 15

May 7
Lecture: Animation
Tutorial: Animation

 

May 9
Tutorial: Animation
Work on Exercise #9 gif animation

WEEK 16

May 14
Work on Exercise #9 gif animation

 

May 16
Exercise #9: gif animation critique
Review for Final

Final

Thursday May 23 @ 6:00PM - 7:50PM  in Room: OC 2306
*Required Attendance


Info

ART 244 – Digital Media for the Visual Artist
Tu/Th: 6:30pm - 9:30pm, OC2306
Instructor: Bekkah Walker, MFA
Email: bekkahwalker@miracosta.edu
Office Hours: Tu/Th: 6-6:30pm OC2306

Syllabus

Extra Credit

Photo Department Website

Art Department Website

Kruglak Art Gallery Website