COMPUTERS AND THE ARTS
Instructor, Tony Allard
Monday– Thursday 6 – 8:20 pm Computer Lab in Room 239
Office Hours: 5 – 6 pm Tues & Thursday
Email:
antalla@cox.net
Phone: 1-760-750-4000 ask for Adjunct Faculty Extension

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The primary focus of this course is to gain a mastery over the Photoshop application and to make art. As you develop your skills in Photoshop, you will complete a series of small technical assignment and larger projects that are oriented towards the production of art. There will be a strong emphasis on the final form that the projects will be output to, i.e. for print, for the web, as stills for video, for multimedia, for projections etc.  Class critiques will be held for works in progress and when major projects are completed. The last week of the session you will present your print-based and digital portfolio which will be assembled for a multimedia presentation. In week five of the session, Jeff Kelley, Vice President of Marketing for Movie Works, will give a presentation on Movie Works, a multimedia presentation software.

In regards to the content of your projects, emphasis will be placed on the process of discovering what you want to say and how you say it. What you say can be greatly effected by how you say it This process will include a wide range of techniques, subject matter and issues such as: ways to integrate text and images, producing final products with two or more applications, preparing images for output to print and computer-based formats, exploring current issues regarding society, community and the use of computers to make art. In addition to learning the technical aspects, a playful and inventive spirit of discovery and ways to integrate the use of computers in your daily life will be encouraged.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Photoshop 7  Classroom in a Book, Adobe
Photocopy handouts on related topics  

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS NEEDED FOR THIS CLASS
--You may use a Zip disk for storage space.
--All the computers in 239 are equipped with CD Burners and this would be, by far the most economical way to work.
--A third method would be to store your work on the school’s servers. However, if you choose this method, you will need to back up your work on either of the two media sources mentioned above.
--Folder for creating a portfolio of “hard copy” images for entire semester.
--Sketch book for taking notes and making drawings for project.
--Three ring binder for assembling handouts, technical information, etc.
Note: Later in the course additional materials may be used to complete art projects. An Xacto knife, metal ruler, rubber cutting board, watercolors and permanent markers, glue stick, unusual paper, string, objects and others might be needed to develop and finish final products.  

ATTENDANCE
Simple: ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. This is a studio course and therefore participation is essential and required. Part of your overall course grade will be determined by your cooperation, time and attention given to course assignments, sharing knowledge with other students, and active participation in readings, discussions and class critiques. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what material was covered during the absence. I strongly suggest you exchange phone numbers/email with someone in the class to take full responsibility for any absences.  

I have a strict and very clear attendance policy, as follows: You are allowed two absences which will not adversely affect your grade. Absences are neither excused nor unexcused, which means I do not need to know why you were absent ( please do not call me to tell me you won’t be in class). After these 2 absences, each absence will lower your semester grade by one full letter grade. In other words, if you are doing C work in the class, and you miss 4 classes, you will fail. If you are doing A work, and you miss 3 classes, you will receive a B.  

INCOMPLETE AND LATE WORK
Incomplete and late work will be graded accordingly. I do not give extra credit.  

GRADES AND GRADING
Using the A through F scale, a grade of C is average. To receive an average grade, you must attend every class, complete all the assignments and participate in class discussions and critiques. To receive an above average grade you must fulfill all the above mentioned requirements for a C, then you must do above average work to receive a B. To receive an A you must do exceptional work and participate in class at the highest level. Your final grade will be determined by the following:
     25% participation in class discussions, critiques and cooperation
     75% writing assignments, projects and final presentation
We will conduct a total of three formal class critiques; in addition, there will be periodic, unannounced critiques throughout the semester. The first two scheduled critiques will happen at the beginning of week 3 and week 5 and the third critique happening at the end of week 6.  

ASSIGNMENTS & PROJECTS:
Art Projects:  A series of art projects will be assigned on a regular basis.
These projects are intended to challenge you conceptually and to incorporate many of the techniques learned in the Classroom in a Book Lessons and your own techniques that you develop. Presentations of these projects will be required, typically during critique times.  

Writing Assignment
As you know, every course at CSUSM has a writing component of at least 2,500 words (approximately 10 pages). If you need help with your writing, use the Writing Center, (Craven 3106 G and H, ext. 4168, M-T: 9-6, F: 9-3). The Writing Center will give you very good help so take advantage of this!  

Part of your writing requirement will be to produce a five-page paper on an aspect of computer ethics or subjects concerning computer and how they are changing the world today. Topics for your paper will be discussed at a later date. The internet will be used for the research of your paper and you may choose a subject that is related to the subject or theme of one of the art projects. Four sources are required, three of which should be from the internet. Two weeks prior to the submission of the final paper your will be required to hand in an outline or an abstract with bibliography. The remainder of the writing requirement will be fulfilled in various projects involving the productions of texts. As the course proceeds, I will explain in detail the writing you will do.  

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom In A Book Lessons 1 - 18

When you are doing the readings from the textbook you must be at a computer and have the Photoshop application open. Some of the lessons will be done in class and others outside of class. In addition, the larger projects will require more hours of work in the computer lab than the scheduled hours of this course. Therefore, plan your lab time wisely and efficiently both in class and outside of class. Some students will most likely be more advanced than others with the Photoshop application and in those cases I will work individually with each student—making sure that you do, in fact, know each Lesson in the book. I will submit a list of all members of the class to Campus Security so that you can have access to the lab.

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Week by Week Schedule (subject to change)  

WEEK #1 May 27, 28, 29
May 27
--Introduction to the course, course syllabus covered, three ring binder explained, projects, due dates, etc.
--Introduction to Digital Art and Digital Art making strategies.
--Basic Windows navigation & file management review
--Photoshop basics and working with Classroom in a Book
--First explorations of the Photoshop application
--Personal Icon project introduced
--Topic for Research paper on Computer Ethics discussed
Out of class work: due May 29 Thursday

--Get your campus e-mail address setup with a password. Send me an e-mail stating your major, your experience with computers (have you used a Mac?), and tell me what you hope to get out of this class. Due May 28, Wednesday.
--Bring to class a three ring binder notebook (with blank paper and section dividers) for recording technical notes, for handouts and for ideas, etc.
--Begin developing sketches (on computer and on paper) for Personal Icon project
--Read: Critical Art Ensemble, Utopian Plagiarism, Hypertextuality and Electronic Cultural Production.   http://college.hmco.com/english/amore/demo/ch5_r4.html
May 28
Note:
I will not be in class tonight. However, Kristine Diekman, Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, will be there to get you started on the first two Lessons.
Lesson 1 Getting to know the work area
Lesson 2 Using the File Browser
--Time permitting, start on Lesson 3 and 4.
Lesson 3 Basic Photo Correction
Lesson 4 Working with Selections
Out of class work: due May 29 Thursday

Lesson 3 Basic Photo Correction
Lesson 4 Working with Selections
May 29

Lesson 5 Layer Basics
--Presentation on the Origins of collage, montage & photomontage in Dada, Surrealism and other art movements at the turn of the century to the present.
--Email Exquisite Corpse Project introduced.
--Preliminary sketches for Personal Icon due (analogue and digital)
Out of class work: due Monday June 3

--In preparation for the Email Exquisite Corpse project, bring to class 10 full length photographs of people, 5 males, 5 females. We will be scanning these images in class.
--Computer Ethics: Make a list of three possible topics you would be interested in researching and bring them to class on Tuesday, June 3

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WEEK #2 June 2, 3, 4, 5,
June 2
Note:
I will not be in Class tonight. However, Dorothy Chance, a Digital Artist and past instructor for this course will be conducting class to work with you on Masks and Channels and also assist you during In-class work time on your personal Icons. Dorothy will also hold a discussion on Computer ethics
Lesson 6 Masks and Channels
--In-class work on Personal Icon Project
Out of class work: due June 3

Lesson 7 Retouching and Repairing
--Work on Personal Icon Project
June 3

--Bringing images into Photoshop: scanning and resolution reviewed
--Email Exquisite Corpse Project collaboration groups selected.
--Computer ethics subjects discussed
--In-class work on Personal Icon.

June 4
Lesson 8 Painting and Editing
--Color theory: working with the Color Wheel
--Basic Design elements introduced.
--In-class work on Personal Icon Project
Out of class work: due June 5

Lesson 9 Basic Pen Tool Techniques
Lesson 10 Vector Masks, Paths, and Shapes
June 5

First Critique Personal Icon Project
(Both Hard Copy and Digital files due)
In-class work on Email Exquisite Corpse

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WEEK #3 June 9, 10, 11, 12
June 9
Lesson 11 Advanced Layer techniques
--In-Class work on Exquisite Corpse Project
June 10

Lesson 12 Creating Special Effects
--In-Class work on Exquisite Corpse Project. All layers from each group member  need to be sent VIA email to each other for compositing in class tomorrow.
June 11

Lesson 13 Preparing Images for Two-Color Printing
--resolution demonstration: input and output, combining images of different resolution and size
--In-Class work on Exquisite Corpse Project
June 12

Second Critique: Exquisite Corpse Project

--I will check your three ring binder notebooks to see if they are up to date
--Web-based Alter Ego/Personal Avatar Project introduced.

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WEEK #4 June 16, 17, 18, 19
June 16

Lesson 14 Optimizing Web Images and Image Maps
June 17

Lesson 15 Adding Interactive Slices and Rollovers
--In-class work on Alter Ego/Personal Avatar Project

June 18
Lesson 16 Creating Animated Images for the Web
--In-Class Alter Ego/Personal Avatar Project
--Animating your Alter Ego/Personal Avatar
--Using Dreamweaver, Setting up Online Gallery for Animated Alter Ego/Personal Avatar. I will create a web page on the class website for this gallery.
June 19

--In-Class work on Alter Ego/Personal Avatar Project
(Alter Ego/Personal Avatar Project due Monday at the beginning of class)
Out of Class work: due Tuesday June 24
Lesson 17 Setting Up Your monitor for Color Management
Lesson 18 Producing and Printing Consistent Color

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WEEK #5
June 23, 24, 25, 26

June 23
Writing Assignment Due

Third Critique: Alter Ego/Personal Avatar Project
(Both Hard Copy and Digital files due) --Final Project introduced: Projections: Billboards and Murals
June 24

--Review of output format options: resolution for target media source.
--In-class work on Projections: Billboards and Murals
June 25th

Guest: Jeff Kelley, Vice President of Marketing at Movie Works will present the Movie Works software and discuss strategies for assembling and outputting a multimedia presentation. This software can be used to put your final presentation together, if you choose to do so.
June 26

--Designing your final presentations using Movie Works and other multimedia presentation options.
--In-class work on Projections: Billboards and Murals

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WEEK #6
June 30, July, 1, 2, 3,

June 30
--In-class work on Projections: Billboards and Murals
--In-class work on final presentation
July 1

--In-class work on Projections: Billboards and Murals
--In-class work on final presentation
--Prepare all the work you have done for this class for the final critique on July 2 and July 3. This includes both virtual and hard copy portfolios and three ring binder notebooks.
July 2

Final Critique and Presentations

The site where the final presentations is To Be Announced.
WORK DUE:
Virtual and Hard copy Portfolios
July 3

Final Critique and Presentations

WORK DUE:
Virtual and Hard copy Portfolios