Digital Painting

Digital painting is a course designed to mix traditional painting techniques with contemporary computer software such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter to create original digitally painted images. Emphasis will be placed on color theory, composition, and displaying artwork. This course is different from Media Arts in both content and the type of work that will be produced. For examples of digital paints and the type of work that we will be doing please see the following web sites: The Art of Linda Bergkvist and The Art of Todd Lockwood.



Course Expectations

Digital painting is a 2-dimensional design course focusing on the use of color and the elements of art and design to create original works of art on the computer through the use of art based programs.
Art is a language of symbols and before beginning anything you must first decide what it is that you are trying to say. You may not use any copy written work in this class and all ideas must be original.

What you need for this class:

  • A pencil (probably more than one so buy a box of them.)
  • A sketchbook
  • Original ideas and a good work ethic

The sketchbook and homework:
You are required to keep a sketchbook for this class. The sketchbook will be checked each week. You are responsible for fifteen minutes of life drawing per day along with a brief explanation which will include:
What the object is.
Why you chose to draw it.
A general note of how you were feeling when you drew the picture.
The date and time of drawing.

We will be doing a number of projects this year that will challenge you to try new things. You will be pushed out of your comfort zone and you must be willing to accept that. Due dates will be set for each project and you are expected to keep to these dates. This class will be very difficult to do well in if you spend the bare minimum of time on your projects so plan for extra time for each assignment.
All projects are subject to multiple critiques and a self assessment sheet. If a project receives a ‘C’ or lower I will ask you to re-do the project. There is no excuse of you to not do your absolute best on every project in this class.

I grade by letter and not by number. Do not ask me if a project is worth a ‘65’ or ‘passing as is’. There is no “good enough” in this class and you are expected to do your bets on every project.
Grades by letter are:

  • A – There are no flaws and it is as close to perfect as possible.
  • B – A better than average project with a few minor flaws.
  • C – An average project. Neither exceptional nor unexceptional.
  • D – Below average. The project has many flaws and needs to be re-done.
  • E – The project is a waste of resources and needs to be re-done.
  • F – An utter failure based on attitude or flaws in the project.
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