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.



PREREQUISITE: Studio in Art or permission of instructor.

Student Audience – Grade Level(s): 10, 11, 12

Semester(s) Offered: Full Year (September-June)

Minimal Basic Skills Needed to Complete Course Successfully: Basic skills are needed in drawing and an understanding of the principals of composition.

Course Goals and Objectives:
1) To grow technical digital painting skills through direct observational study.
2) To communicate ideas about a subject through the expressive use of the medium and the use of design principles and art elements.
3) To learn to analyze peer work and historical examples of painting throughout art history in order to achieve better results within the student’s work.
4) To learn to critically analyze sketches and photography for later use in a studio setting.

Texts and Materials:
There is no specific text for this course, but there will be articles assigned to you based on what we are currently studying, and videos assigned for you to watch. The school will provide you with the painting mediums, but you are welcome to purchase your own brand of paints and/or brushes.

Method of Instruction:
Course objectives will be achieved through lecture, demonstrations, video presentation, contemporary examples of digital painting, and group critique. Students will make use of many free resources such as Google tools, You Tube videos, web-sites and more. Review of your body of work will take place every ten weeks.

Student Responsibilities:
Students are expected to be prompt, self-motivated , manage time well and participate in class critiques and discussion. While we will use every class to the fullest extent, it is expected that students will put extra time into their work outside of class time if it is required tom complete a project on time. Each student is responsible for keeping a personal sketchbook to experiment in, gestate thumbnails and ideas, and practice foundational skills.

Academic Integrity
Use of copywritten images is strictly forbidden (unless we are specifically studying such a piece). All images and photographic reference must be your own. Failure to comply with this will result in a removal of the project from the grade book until an appropriate project is turned in. If you use copywritten images as reference, you must change the final result so that the original image is not recognizable and clearly distinguishable from the original source. If you are doing a study of a master work you must credit the master that you have copied.


Calendar of Course Topics: (Please note that these are subject to change)

Monochrome Unit Projects

  • Grisalle master copy
  • Grisalle cast painting from life

Limited Palette Unit Projects

For these projects we will be exploring the workspace further and building customized palettes for your use in this project

  • Limited palette still-life using layer and blending modes (grisalle and over paint)
  • Color Master Copy using grisalle and layer and blending modes
  • Warm and Cool still-life using the direct color method
  • Self Portrait using a digital Zorn Palette and a photograph
  • * Matte Paintings of genre specific mood

Full Color Unit Projects

  • Portrait of a famous person from history
  • Figure Painting from Photographs
  • Digital Illustration based on story
  • Social Issues

Required Readings, Presentations, Written Assignments, etc.:
There will be homework assignments to read a variety of articles and study technical videos. These will be assigned as homework to avoid taking up class time.

Evaluation/Grading System:
Students projects are 50% of the grade based on technical understanding, effort, originality and evaluation of proof of concept. 25% of the grade will be based on class participation, critiques, class discussion, and time management. 25% of the grade will be based on sketchbook assignments that will continue throughout the year.

Make-Up Policy/Late Work:
Late work is reduced by 10 points per day until it is turned in barring weekend days.

Attendance Policy:
Attendance for this course is mandatory on all days throughout the year. If you will miss a class due to other academic work, or unforeseen circumstances, it is your responsibility to make up the class time so that you will meet all due dates. If you know that you will be out, please notify me immediately.

Additional Assistance:
If you feel yourself falling behind for any reason, please let me know. I am in my room and available to you whenever other assigned duties are not conflicting with these office hours. You may e-mail me for additional help at any time at gro.reits.scvn|rolyatb#gro.reits.scvn|rolyatb. Please cc a copy to moc.liamg|rehcaettravn#moc.liamg|rehcaettravn

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