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Computer Art

Creating art on a computer can be very rewarding. Video games, movies, animations, and commercials all use computer art. There are two basic types of art on a computer; bit mapped and vector 2 dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D). Cartoons and TV commercials often use 2D which is easier to create and produce. Movies and video games use 3D which is more life like but more difficult to create.  Web Sites use a form of 2D art designed to run in a Flash player. Flash is also a creation platform for bit mapped and vector images. Some cartoons are Flash based.

You will need a computer for this class. A laptop would best however, we may be able to accommodate a desktop if that is all you have available. Unfortunately we can not provide a computer for you to use at this time.

Classes will be once or twice a week depending upon the type of class (beginner, intermediate, advanced). These classes will be scheduled based upon student requests. The outlines below may change as necessary to ensure a great learning experience.

Classes will be $25/hour unless otherwise noted.

Syllabus
Computer Art Introduction
3D Art Basic
3D Art Intermediate
2D Art Basic

Computer Art Introduction

This class will provide you with a good overview of the types of art and their applications created on a computer. This is an introductory class of approximately 30 minutes and will be provided at no cost.

          • What programs to use; free or commercial, and why
          • 2D or 3D, what's the difference?
          • Digital photography, scanners, printers, and image manipulation
          • Why is everything so complicated?
          • What type of graphics/art can I add to my web pages or send in email?
          • An overview of Copyright Laws and Fair Use

3D Art

Class length may vary based upon the level of training desired. 3D art is difficult to do and requires a significant investment in learning and practice however, the results of your efforts will be worth your time.


Basic (4 one hour classes)

          • What programs to use
          • How to create a scene
          • How to acquire, create, and manipulate objects
          • How to apply textures to objects
          • How to add lights, clouds, and position the sun
          • How to render the scene and save it as a 2D image

Intermediate (4 one hour classes) this may change

          • What modeling programs to use
          • How to create a complex scene
          • How to create a simple animation
          • How to create textures and paint on objects
          • Lights, reflections, water and other considerations
          • Booleans, mountains, trees and buildings
          • How to use the camera

Advanced (4 one hour classes) this may change

          • Modeling and textures
          • Complex scene considerations and techniques
          • Animation considerations and techniques
          • How to create textures and paint on objects
          • How to add lights, clouds, and position the sun
          • How to render the scene and save it as a 2D image

2D Art

2D art, digital photos, logos, and other images are created using a computer and appropriate programs. Yes, your digital camera is a computer, a specialized computer. Designing and creating logos and business graphics is often done using 2D art. For some applications, a drawing is scanned into a computer then finished. 2D art is easier than 3D art but is more difficult to make it look realistic.

 

Basic (4 one hour classes) this may change

          • What programs to use
          • How to create a picture
          • How to use the application tools (selection, paint, cut, paste, crop)
          • How to choose a palate and color scheme
          • How to use filters and effects
          • How to save the image and create a web ready version

Intermediate (4 one hour classes) this may change

          • How to retouch photos and fix images
          • How to use layers, objects, and composition techniques
          • How to create brushes and use a cloning brush
          • How to create text, shadows, and perspectives
          • How to choose an effect that will perform the task you need
          • How to save and create print ready images for logos, letter heads, and brochures

Advanced (4 one hour classes)

          • To be determined

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