Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thursday January 18 : Crazy Eights Coolness


I can explore more basic tools in Photoshop.
I can create an image that has a focal point (emphasis).

Today we will continue working on layers for the Crazy 8 project.
You need at least ONE completed Crazy 8 to show me.

Today you are to finish your Crazy 8.
You will complete eight layers with 8 different techniques:
(layer 1) PATTERN/ Transparency
(layer 2) CLOUDS OR SPACE / Blend Modes
(layer 3) ELECTRICAL/ Image Adjustments
(layer 4) PEOPLE/ Selection Shapes and delete
(layer 5) ANIMAL/  Eraser
(layer 6) LANDSCAPE / Eraser brush
(layer 7) MAP / Brushes
(layer 8) DRAW or PAINTING / Filters

When you finish each technique you can rearrange the layers and play with how you want the outcome to look. 
Keep improving your design so it has a FOCAL POINT.  

When it looks the way you want, save it as a PSD (photoshop file).
Then, File/Save As and choose JPG. Save that to your H drive as well.

You can find the HOW TO video for Crazy 8 project below, or follow and bookmark this link to my VAT tutorial videos.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wednesday January 17 : Crazy Eights

BIG TARGET: I feel confident using Adobe programs and online tools to make digital art.
SUB TARGETS:
I can explore more basic tools in Photoshop.
I can create an image that has a focal point (emphasis).

Yesterday you downloaded images to your H drive to use in the Crazy Eight project.

We created a New File that is 8x8 inches, 188 res, RGB color.
We will File/Place each layer, and hit Enter.

Today we will learn some Photoshop basic tools:
Layers
Move Tool
Auto Select
Layer Visibility (Eye)
Ctrl-T/Enter
Shift to constrain proportion

Then we will adjust each layer accordingly

(layer 1) PATTERN/ Transparency
(layer 2) CLOUDS OR SPACE / Blend Modes
(layer 3) ELECTRICAL/ Image Adjustments
(layer 4) PEOPLE/ Selection Shapes and delete
(layer 5) ANIMAL/  Eraser
(layer 6) LANDSCAPE / Eraser brush
(layer 7) MAP / Brushes
(layer 8) DRAW or PAINTING / Filters




***If you still need images, use mine for today's demo!!
Then find your own when we have work time to replace them.



Tuesday January 16 : Thinking and Acting like an Artist in Photoshop

Target:
I feel confident using Adobe programs and online tools to make digital art.

To start you in Photoshop we will start the Crazy Eights project.
Think like an artist and find resources. (ethical, non copyright images)
Act like an artist and use Photoshop.
Act like an artist and create work with a FOCAL POINT.



Use Google Image Search Tools and Usage Rights to choose a "Modifications Allowed" image.
Click through to View Image to save the largest size of the image to your H Drive.
Make a folder in H Drive for VAT!!

Save an image in each of these categories to your H Drive:
  1. Person or People
  2. Something electronic
  3. Landscape
  4. Drawing or Painting
  5. Map
  6. Pattern or Texture
  7. Clouds or Outer Space
  8. Animal or Creature
Make sure at least ONE image has a Focal Point ( a clear main subject).




Focal Point                       vs                    No Focal Point

Follow my steps to start to build this piece.
THIS is the instructions review- but best to follow along with me today.







Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thursday January 10 : Making stuff for free

Target: I feel confident using Adobe programs and online tools to make digital art.

You don't necessarily need to own Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. One can also use online programs and apps to create artwork.

Go to the Chrome Web store and add the following apps or go to their websites:
Psykopaint
Sketchpad
Webchemy
InspirARTion
Vector Paint
Vectr
BeFunky editing software
Webcam Toy


Spend about 5 minutes per app experimenting. 

Lost? Look for how to videos or tutorials or inspiration
Psykopaint
Sketchpad tips

Webchemy

InspirARTion


Vectr

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wednesday January 10 : How to get good grades in VAT

TODAY...
1. Finish our notes on what we will do in VAT:
  1. Photography
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Typography
  4. Digital Illustration
  5. Animation/ GIF/ Moving Image
2. Learn more...This semester you will learn a TON... about many things.
These are your semester targets,

We want you to:

THINK like an artist.
Find out what types of art/design/photography you find fun!
Find where to get inspired, get resources, get ideas.
Take chances, risks, grow and just try things.

ACT like an artist.
Learn how to navigate the digital world including computers, scanners, tablets, cameras, printers.
Learn programs pros use.  (Adobe programs) Photoshop & Illustrator 
Learn the basics of >Typography and Illustration
Learn the basics of moving image.
Learn how to > Photography and Design.
Learn how to give and take feedback and make your work better.

BE like an artist.
Prepare your work for shows and public viewing.
Participate in art shows.

TOMORROW- on your own!!

Day Two

Today's Targets:
I can access information on how I can be successful in VAT.
I can use Google Presentation as a means to Purposefully Explore.

Purposeful Exploration and Thinking in your notes:
What kind of art do we cover in VAT? Add a slide for each
  1. Photography
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Typography
  4. Digital Illustration
  5. Animation/ GIF/ Moving Image
Each slide should:
  • Have words. What is this about? Find a quote or definition that makes sense to you.
  • Find images show examples of the art, and as an option, could contrast that definition (ex. random snapshot vs photomontage made in Photoshop). At least THREE.
  • Make that slide look as organized and as attractive as you wish.
  • Use fonts, colors and themes to customize it.

See my example sides HERE.

Done? HERE is an example of a portfolio by a student last year.

Google Life Hacks:
Do you know you can turn off Classroom emails?
Take this opportunity to organize your Drive- make folders. Delete old things.
Chrome Web Store- can you find art/photo apps you can use and explore?










Sunday, January 7, 2018

Welcome to Visual Art & Technology!

I'm glad you're here.
Why ARE you here?
Link to Survey




How can I have a creative career?




How do I get there? What can VAT do for me?

Today's Targets:
I can access information on how I can be successful in VAT. BOOKMARK THIS BLOG.
I can access information about the CG Art Department.
I can use Google Drive to store my information. (Make a folder)
I can use a PC and local server to store my information (Make a folder)
I can use Google Slides as a means to Purposefully Explore.

Purposeful Exploration:
What kind of art do we cover in VAT?
  1. Photography
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Typography
  4. Digital Illustration
  5. Animation/ GIF/ Moving Image
Each slide should:
  • Have words. What is this about?
  • Find images show examples of the art, and as an option, could contrast that definition (ex. random snapshot vs photomontage made in Photoshop)
  • Make that slide look as organized and as attractive as you wish.