assignments

9.6 1 //Introductions

Introduce yourself on the class website. Add at least one post introducing yourself as an artist, describe what kind of work you are hoping to do this semester in this class and others, and upload at least one selfie. You might also want to include images of or links to your past work.

9.13 2 //Compositing

Reinvent the content/composition/theme of another artist’s work. Use ARTstor or CAMIO or another good database to find a suitably high-resolution image. Use an image at least 1024 pixels on the longer side. Create a contemporary re-interpretation of another artist’s work. Upload this image to the class website with a short description indicating the creative intentions of your piece.

9.20 3 //Collaborative Compositing: Photoshop Tennis

With a partner, play a round of Photoshop Tennis by creatively responding to your partner in a collaborative game of image modification. Each person must make at least 3 “volleys” in which an image is altered and resent to the partner. The changes should build on one another, and your challenge is to work with, against, or through the unknown creative impulses of your partner. Consider beginning with an image or images from Artstor as a background. Consider scanning a piece of your own original artwork to use as a base. When you’re done, save it as both an image for web and as a high quality image for printing.

9.27 4 //Subtractive Processes

Alter a photo via subtraction/erasure. Using a digital camera or a web search for LARGE images, find an image from your archive to alter that is at least 1200 pixels wide.  Consider using ARTstor or another image database to look for a high-resolution image. Take at least one item (or more) OUT of the photograph—be creative. How can you use erasure as a tool for creativity?  Be prepared to show the unaltered and altered photo. You will be printing this out for a future critique. Keep in mind sizing issues with print that we covered in class, and save one copy for web and another for print. UPLOAD your before and after images to the class website, and be prepared to discuss your choices and discoveries.

10.4 5 //Batches & Multiplicities

Using the tools we covered in class and images of your choosing, create a series of images that relate to one another via a similar process. You might choose images you’ve shot using a camera, or you might choose images from an image database. Apply a process (or a series of processes) to a set of at least 12 images. Consider what images you are choosing, what processes you are applying, and the relationships you are creating between image and process. Upload your images to the course website, and be prepared to discuss your work in class.

10.11 MIDTERM

In class, we have discussed a variety of techniques and approaches to digital imaging. We have covered compositing, collaborative compositing, subtractive processes, and working in batches and series. For the midterm, your task is to review your work and curate a selection of images to print and present. Have any themes developed? Are there any images that work particularly well together?

Review your images, and select and print 2-5 images at print quality to bring to midterm critique. Be sure to give yourself enough time if you are utilizing the Service Bureau. The Mid Term Critique is an important measure for the class, and an opportunity to give and receive constructive feedback. Be prepared to answering questions about your work and contribute to the discussions of your classmates’ work.

10.25 6 //Web as Site

Generate three ideas for your a web site, as discussed in class. Refer to the project description for more details. How can a website be a work of art in itself? Be prepared to discuss your ideas in class. Come prepared with sketches, descriptions, or mockups or images.

11.1 7 //Website Mapping

Create a layout for your website by sketching out the page layout and the navigation user navigation. What will your site look like? How will your user navigate? Create a diagram to show how your viewer will move through your work.

11.8 8 //HTML

Create an index.html page, and set up working links to all other pages. The pages don’t necessarily need to have any content, but they basic structure should be created. Bring to class the images and content you’ll need for your website and begin uploading them to your site.

11.15 9 //Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

Restyle your website using an external stylesheet to streamline the formatting for every page on your website. You can choose to have a few styles if you prefer by using multiple stylesheets. Finish uploading your content (images, text, etc.) and double check your image resolutions to make sure you are using web resolutions.

11.22 10 //Interaction

Choose one element of your site and change it to reconsider the user’s interaction. Make this element react to the user, either by responding to mouse movements or clicks, reacting to time spent on a page, by integrating social media, or through another form of considered interaction. Be prepared to share your changes with the class.

12.13 FINAL

You will present your final website to the class. Be sure that all the links work and all content loads by testing on a computer other than yours. Come to class prepared to discuss your work and to participate in critique and discussion of the work of your classmates.

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