Week 01

May 31, 2009

June 1/June 4

Introductions: Fill out About Me Forms, Course Overview.
DDB Basics: Review of the Macintosh Operating system, Understanding basic terms, units and graphic file formats. Bitmap versus Vector Graphics. Open: termsUnits.html & 2_Imaging_Pages.pdf

Lecture: Form and Content form_content.html


Photoshop Basics: Getting to know the work area. Using tools and palettes.
Practice: See Week01WorkFiles on the server

Open Workshop: Students select a concept word. Look up the definition of your concept word. Find 5-8 images from the Internet that you feel relate to/pertain to your word. Compile them into one Photoshop document & lay them out on the page so they suggest a scrapbook or photo album. Somewhere on the canvas your word as type will be included. Save this file as FirstName_Concept_v1.psd (ex. Carla_Concept_v1.psd)

Homework wk01:

A. Purchase required back up media.

B. Arrive to second class with a design work, piece of art, writing sample, etc.. you’ve produced that best represents your interests, philosophy, style and/or aesthetic. Note that this can be any media, genre or form including writing, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, music, or digital. Be prepared to speak for a maximum of 5 minutes about the work you have brought in.

C. Find other images that relate to your concept word (from the web, your own personal image collection, etc). Bring them into class next week for version2 of your concept word composite.


Aphorism For The Week:
At one time in my life I decided that I wanted to learn the art of Japanese brush painting. I immediately sought a famous teacher, purchased all the necessary materials and arranged for regular classes. I was impatient to produce one of those simple four or five stroke masterpieces which I had seen Japanese masters produce in a matter of minutes with such wondrous results . . . a butterfly . . . a persimmon.
You can imagine my disappointment when, several months later, my teacher was still insisting upon nothing more than straight brush strokes across a white page . . . in rows of twenty . . . each of the same texture, thickness, and ‘feeling’.
Where was my butterfly? My persimmon? That he assured would come in time. For now . . . I was to concentrate on making simple straight lines.

To master an art requires time, the understanding of and sensitivity for the materials necessary, and extreme patience while the basic skills are being learned. It includes the willingness to experiment, to fail, to risk, to know frustration and even despair before one can abandon learned, parroted techniques and project oneself fully into self creation. To be an artist of life requires no less.
Meister Eckart, an astonishingly perceptive Christian philosopher of the 13th century noted: ‘The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, for if you want to know the kernel you must break the shell.’ ”

Leo F. Buscaglia, Personhood:The Art of Being Fully Human