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Assignment #1 -wordpress blog (50 pts)

Throughout the semester, we will be creating and maintaining blogs to write our responses to readings, gather materials for researching our ideas and presenting research. Everything you create in this class should be added to your blog.

Assignment #2 – Software? (20 pts)
Make art using software that is not typically used for creating artwork. This project will be presented on screen.

Objectives:
• To open a dialogue about the role of software in art production
• To create, save and transfer files through the network

Assignment #3 – Response to Chapter One in Digital Art by Christiane Paul (20 pts)

Read the Introduction and Chapter 1.
Write a 500 word response to what you absorbed from the chapter, as well as any other pertinent questions, thoughts and content. Post to your wordpress blog.

Assignment #4 – Response to Chapter Two in Digital Art by Christiane Paul (20 pts)

Read Chapter 2.
Write a 500 word response to what you absorbed from the chapter, as well as any other pertinent questions, thoughts and content. Post to your wordpress blog.

Assignment #5 – Response to Chapter Three in Digital Art by Christiane Paul (20 pts)

Read Chapter 3.
Write a 500 word response to what you absorbed from the chapter, as well as any other pertinent questions, thoughts and content. Post to your wordpress blog.

Assignment #6 – Analyze an Ad (20 pts)

For next class bring in an advertisement to show in class. It can be a pop-up, or an ad from a magazine. It should be posted on your blog so that we can project it for the class. Present your ad and answer the following questions.

Questions: What makes an ad successful?
How does the ad utilize formal elements to convey meaning? (You must use at least 10 vocabulary words from your design elements and principles handout)
How does the information flow? How are you visually led through the image?

Assignment #7 – Define Metaphor and Cliché (20 pts)

Appropriate an example of BOTH a metaphor and a cliché.
Construct a visual example of BOTH.
Post all findings to blog.
Present your images and answer the following questions.

Questions: What makes an image cliché?
What is a metaphor?
How does it function?
Why is it important?

Assignment #8 – Archived Portfolio (50 pts)

Turn in a professional archive of all your semesters work.
Burn a CD or DVD of your files and include a case. (details to follow)

In preparation for this assignment, please back up your original files to CD at the end of each project! Missing files will be downgraded.

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Project #1 Image Management (100 pts)

Workflows are very important in the creation of digital media. It is of great value to be able to acquire, edit and output imagery efficiently. Every mediamaker’s workflow will differ. It is only by accomplishing the same task more than once that we develop a personalized manner in which we process content, “ a workflow”.

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How to: Start a flickr account, or use an existing account. (http://www.flickr.com)
Do an Image Search using terminology of your choice,
i.e. “group photo,” “headshots,” “virgin de Guadalupe,” etc.
Analyze the results of your search by finding a unifying principle that is not the search term. Name this unifying principle by giving these images all the same title. Example: “Celebrity Heads” (because I did a search for “headshots” and noticed that a lot of celebrities came up). Create an Archive by saving 100 of these images to a folder (with that title) on your flash drive.
Next, publish the images to your flickr account and link up to your blog.
write a brief statement about the images. Why are they important or interesting?
Make sure they are named “title” 1 through 100.
Finally, using the selection tools in Photoshop or the Gimp, create a new work of digital art by selecting the unifying principle in each image, and placing it into a new image.

During the creation of this new work, focus specifically of the following Elements and Principles of Design: direction, size, repetition, and scale. Name and publish your new work.

Objectives: Establish a workflow through the aid of repetitious image accumulation.
Familiarity with social avenues for image sharing.
Understanding of image organization on the web.
Further development of technical skills.

Questions: What is the social context of acquiring imagery via the web, re-mixing it into new images, and re-posting content back from where it came?
What are the legalities of image appropriation?
What type of aesthetic lends itself to an abundance of imagery from an array of sources?

Housekeeping: CD backup for all files created for this class to date and post to your blog.

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Project #2 image/text (100 pts)

Sometimes images speak louder than words, and sometimes not. With this project you will explore the effectiveness of image and text as they have to exist alone, until ultimately unifying the both in compositional harmony.
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Objective: to address semiotics in advertising/design/fine art
to successfully explore the flexibility of language
to successfully deal with text and image.
to reinforce formal notions in regards to composition reinforce technical skills

How to:
This project will employ two found elements: one image, and one word. You will in turn create a new image (pictorial only) inspired by the word, and a text-based composition inspired by the found image. The two found items need not carry any direct relationship to one another. The effort is to maintain the integrity of the original source via a new outlet.

Output: (2) 11 X 17 compositions
(1) one 11 X 17 image based composition
(1) one 11 X 17 text based composition
the tangible prints will be hung and displayed for critique.

Questions: What role does semiotics play in the interpretation of these pictorials?
What commands more attention text or image?
What new relationships are formed between the new combination of
image and text?

Housekeeping: CD backup for all files created for this class to date and post to your blog.

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Project #3 14 Images/14 Days (100 pts)

Found One definition of found is “to come upon unexpectedly or after searching. ” Found Object art can refer to “A natural or manufactured object that is “found” by the artist and displayed as art or combined with other elements in a work of art. …”
“Describes art created from common objects not normally considered to be artistic (also assemblage), where the piece of art derives its significance from the context into which it is put. Found art blurs the traditional lines of what art is and questions the very nature of art itself.”

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How to: This project will entail finding, scanning, then creating 14 images.
They need to be uniform in size and resolution. (4”X6” 300dpi.)

First, choose a theme that you are going to work with and be consistent throughout the body of work. For example, time, obsession, dead things, all things pink, etc. The images will work together aesthetically, utilizing similar design principles and elements. This project will be output to screen in a slideshow format. Find objects, scan, then create new images. Modify the images to create continuity over time. You will create an image a day and upload it to your blog. Once all 14 images are created and compiled, save all images as .jpgs and load onto usb flash drive. Go to self serve printing kiosks (walgreens, king soopers), and get prints made of your new digitally compiled images.

Objectives: Use of the Scanner as input device
Preparing your images, (cropping, image size, levels) in Photoshop
Integrating images through the use of software.
Screen and Print as output devices.
Use of both additive and subtractive methods in creating your images.

Questions: Compositionally, how do you lead the viewer from one image to the next? (In relation to line, plane, shape, texture)
Is there a progression through time?
Do the objects that you’ve assembled have a relationship? Do you add text to create a story with the images?
What happens when you take an image out of context and digitize it?

Housekeeping: CD backup for all files created for this class to date and post to your blog.

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Project #4 Narrative: Time-Based (100 pts)

Narrative: A narrative is a story or a description of events.

Semiotics: The study of signs, both individually and grouped in sign systems. It includes the study of how meaning is made and understood.

Connotation: Intended to reflect the different ways in which a common name may be significant. The connotation of the name is the attribute or attributes implied by the name.

Denotation: The denotation of the name is any object to which the name applies.
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Details
Part One: Using the language of semiotics, tell a story with a 30 – 60 frame animation of an image or scene that changes over time. This may be built in any of the covered software. The result should be a .mov file ready for projection.

Details
Part Two: Using the imagery from your animation, extract representative frames (as little as 3, no more than 15). These images will be used to create a simplified .gif file (an animated image viewable via web browsers).

Outcome: One .mov
One .gif

Questions: How do things change over time? How do you use the elements and principles of design to reinforce your concept?
How can you represent a variety of small and larger changes over the course of varying durations?
How do you provide a framework for the piece?
How do these 2 modes of presentation differ?

Objectives: Familiarity with time-based media.
Creating continuity over time.
Using the animation tool in Photoshop.
Further understanding of composition.
Use of both additive and subtractive methods in creating your images.

Housekeeping: CD backup for all files created for this class to date and post to your blog.

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Project #5 Artist Inspired/Open Concept (50 pts.)

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You will select an artist from a provided list, or propose another media maker to research. Only pre-approved selections will be accepted. This selected artist should employ some facet of new media in their work.

Make a selection that affirms your interests as a maker. You will pursue a personal project that is inspired from your selected artist.

Output:
Artist presentation:
You will give an educational multi-media presentation to your classmates informing them on your selected artist. The presentation should be between 5-10 minutes, and include a short bio, what area of new-media the creative is working? What does the artists’ wok address culturally/socially/politically/aesthetically/etc?
The presentation should include visual examples of the artists’ work, but video clips may not be utilized as a ‘time filler’ (not to exceed 3min.)
The presentation will progress into a critique of your own work.

You may employ any technology to compile you presentation, but you will need to archive for portfolio purposes. I recommend apple’s keynote, or microsoft’s powerpoint software.

Critique:
Create a final piece that draws on what you have absorbed over the semester. The outcome can be a variety of mediums, and exhibited and critiqued in an appropriate manner. This project will be allotted the most studio time in expectations of a quality product.
Might I recommend documenting your own project throughout the process to be able to appropriately transition your presentation into your own work.

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