Introduction to Digital Art, Art 144
Art 144 introduces the computer as a medium and provides an opportunity for students to work with bitmap and vector based imaging software. My class reinforces and builds on the principles and concepts taught in Art 002. I present the history of computer graphics as well as recent developments in new media through short lectures. My class also looks at past art movements to see how they have informed contemporary aesthetics and some artists' tactical practices. Class projects include book making, culture jamming, post digital painting, exquisite corpse and recombination. In Art 144 the pixel is perceived as infinitely malleable and assignments address this as well as underscoring the ways in which computer interfaces, software and algorithms are culturally constructed.
Although this class does not focus on graphic design some projects reflect a do it yourself approach to graphic design. Students have created blogs, and zines. We have discussed self-promotion,and social activism. We have explored The Fluxus movement,the history of mail art, and copy machine reproduction. We also look at and examine such contemporary distribution forms as pdf, email, youtube, flickr, and self publishing sites.
Advanced Digital Art, Art 244
My advance classes focus on digital multi media and students create their own websites using Flash. They also create sound, animations and video that are then integrated into their sites. Students are not assigned projects, instead students are invited to work at their own pace on their portfolios. Students gain technical proficiency through separate assignments that introduce each multimedia component. Students then employ their skills to create animations, videos, sound pieces, installations, flash sites that reflect their own interests and aesthetic approaches. I introduce students to a variety of digital and analogue multimedia artists.
This class covers the following: Flash scripting, Sound: recording and editing, Video: editing and compositing, and Animation
Syllabus and Resources
- Intro to Digital Art
- Advanced Digital Art
- Resources from Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media University of Washington
- Intersections of Art, Science and Technology
My class uses 15 mac computers located in QT113 in the Waterman Building. This teaching lab is maintained and updated through ETS
The art department also has a small lab for use by Art students only for more information please email Walker Blackwell. The art department lab coordinator.
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