Sunday, January 29, 2012

Project #2 Animate

Animation Samples: (find many more on youtube, vimeo, etc.)

Create a minimum 5-10 second long animation from one or more of your triptych images.

DUE Monday, February 6!!! Since CS3 was introduced, Photoshop now includes some rather simple yet effective animation tools similar to those available in more sophisticated animation programs such as Flash.


Everybody, work at the following resolution: 1920 Height x1080 Width at 72dpi!!!
This is the standard HD 16:9 format although it is rotated for vertical formatting!

Here are some video tutorials that should help get you started.

From this link, go to the window on the left, scroll down and select "Photoshop CS3 Extended".

Then select in the window to the right "Animation".

Click on the video title "Animating Layers Palette" and "Using the Animation Palette" both of these are really good tutorials!

Pay particular attention to the brief tutorial using frames for animation and the timeline.

This next one is really good too! - watch the whole thing and use as a reference!

Clint recommends this one!
These tutorials and others available online have some great information for you! They go through the process pretty fast, don't stress, watch over and over again and try the steps as described on your work.

Most important is to figure out the basics of animation using photoshop for the project. You will want to know how to place your layers in the frames, tweening, durations, movement, etc. Essentially the animation tool allows you to use your layers in an image to animate between them - it is really that simple - the complexity is in figuring out the various tools and using them effectively. Watch these tutorials as many times as it takes to figure out how to animate something. Have fun and get started immediately! If you put this off until the last minute you will not succeed in mastering these tools and creating an interesting animation!

Laboratory Workshops will be on Tuesday at 11 and Wednesdays at 11.

Student Blog Links

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LA Field Trip with Eunkang Koh!!!

If you are interested in going on a field trip this semester to L.A. to look at art, do studio visits, and have an all around good time, please contact me so I can forward you the information! This is an incredible opportunity so take advantage if you can!!! <----- notice the exclamation marks.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Montage Lecture Links

Please take the time and look through the powerpoint slides embedded above and the links below. You might notice that I did not show you ANY works by artists working with computers to create their work. Physical montage seems to have a gravitas, a weight of form and content that has never quite been matched by the possibilities of digital photo processing. You might think about this as you create your compositions.

•Two artists below we did not look at in class, they are highlighted in red FYI:

Project #1 Triptych Montage


Winston Smith, hand made montage

Assignment #1 Triptych Digital Montage

triptych (ˈtrɪptɪk) — n 1. a set of three pictures or panels, usually hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one: often used as an altarpiece 2. a set of three hinged writing tablets

Image Size for each of the three images:


Create a series of three works of digital photographic montage in Adobe Photoshop from specific source material. You must use as your subject matter for each of the three works at minimum the same 25 scanned images. Yes 25 source images! These 25 source images are to be comprised from some combination of the following: scanned objects (flatbed scanned), images appropriated from books and magazines (flatbed scanned), and images downloaded from the Internet. At least one of the images you use must be of a word.

All images are to be found or otherwise appropriated (including the word – scan text from an original print source). Use Adobe Photoshop to creatively combine your image elements into three cohesive image compositions that will exist as a triptych. Remember, each of your images MUST include all of 25 of your source images in each composition! Consider the conceptual link between image, object and word that will be created by their combination.

Very important! Save your images with layers intact as we will be further using your image for the next project.

The content of your work is up to you. Consider the possibilities of Adobe Photoshop to cut, paste, resize, etc.. Scan photographs from family albums, magazines, etc.. Bring in various found objects to scan - junk, a meaningful keepsake, etc.. Pick a word or words, either scanned from text, handwritten or otherwise created outside of the computer, scan it and include the work in the image. Think about how the creative unexpected associations of disparate images and texts functions to establish new and multiple readings of the works.

Much of this you will learn by doing – some basics will be covered in class - Adobe Photoshop, image scanning, image sizes, resolution, etc. Two workshops this week run by Clint Sleeper, Digital Media Area Tech Staff. We will determine the workshop times today.
Both held in the Digital Media Studio CFA 207.

Due Dates:
VERY IMPORTANT!!! Monday January 30th

Part 1 - Completed triptych posted to your blog! Save your files in the above noted size and resolution. Save a second set of each image, first flatten each image in the layers palette, then save at 50% at 72dpi for web resolution - then and only then upload the images to your blog. Be sure not to overwrite your originals!

Part 2 - Reading - The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction - Walter Benjamin
Write two questions for discussion! Post these to your blog! Please write intelligent, probing questions that allow for deep discussion...see this link for some helpful advice for creating good discussion questions:

Part 3 - Create your blog on Blogger! Include your full name in the title please!

Some useful Photoshop Tutorials:

These are just a few of the many thousands of tutorials available free, online, take a look try some of these techniques! If you are curious about specific functions of CS5 type in the name of the function in Google with "_________ tutorial CS5" and you will find the information you need!

Art 245 Digital Media 1 Syllabus (aka you're new home)

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Art 245 Digital Media I
Instructor: Peter Whittenberger
Monday 1-3:45pm

Lab and Office: CFA 207 Digital Media Studio

Office Hours: By Appointment


Class Blog:

At least one art studio course, such as Visual Foundations, Beginning Photography, Drawing, etc. No computer experience required.

Course Objectives:
The primary objective of Art 245, Digital Media I is to provide an introduction to the critical studies of digital media. Students will learn how to analyze the foundations, cultural forces and context that are synthesized in contemporary media art and technology. This will be accomplished through a balanced investigation of both the history and theory surrounding digital media while at the same time being involved in the creation of visual art through the conceptual utilization of the computer and related technologies. This course emphasizes the personal development of critical thinking, artistic and technical skills. You will be challenged with controlled experimentation using a variety of digital processes towards visual art production. The course presents students with opportunities to work with digital imaging, animation, video/sound/time-based media, the internet and social media as creative areas of discourse. This course is the introductory course to the Digital Media program and is a prerequisite for all other course offerings required for the studio major and minor.

Course Philosophy:
The Digital Media program exists as part of the larger Art Studio program for the Department of Art – all studio programs currently focus on the development of a contemporary approach to studio art practice and theory. Digital Media emphasizes an artistic, experimental and technical approach to learning to utilize media systems for the creation of art. The intent is to provide an intensive learning environment that considers the computer as a broadly flexible tool or medium available to the contemporary artist. Specific project assignments will also push you to consider the conceptual use of such tools. This is a thoroughly hands-on course. You will be expected to learn how to use the tools at your disposal – this is not a software-training course. You will learn in this class by doing – students will be given broad introductions to a variety of applications and devices as incorporated into their project assignments. Learning to use these complex graphics programs, online technologies and computer peripherals takes much dedication of time and a flexible attitude towards experiential practice and learning. Learning to become proficient utilizing new technologies is accomplished through both individual and shared experience. What you derive from this class in terms of technical learning will largely be defined by the amount of time you spend exploring and experimenting and taking advantage of the support resources available to you through the Digital Media Studio, the Dynamic Media Lab (@ One) in the KC and through online tutorials. Finally, you will be challenged constantly to consider just what you are doing with these new tools - the true challenge of this course is to engage in the creation of critical, challenging, thoughtful, meaningful and conceptually sound creative experiments.

You will be introduced to the following basic programs and systems: Adobe Photoshop Soundtrack and/or Audacity Final Cut Pro/iMovie Website/Blog Development Flatbed scanners Digital cameras Laser printer Color inkjet printers, small and large format Etc., etc., etc.,

Course Requirements:

1) Each student will complete a total of 7 regular class projects followed by the creation of a general studio atmosphere for the investigation of individual and/or group projects. All projects will be uploaded and accessible to the Professor and students on individual student blogs that will be created in the first week of the course. Each project posted online will also feature a brief artists statement describing your approach to the specific assignment.

2) Critiques. Selected projects will be discussed and critiqued in open sessions. Talking about your work and others is a crucial aspect of creating art. Learning to articulate verbally and in writing, just what your work is about, is just as important as the actual making of the work. The ideas shared in an open critique will help us all learn from each other and greatly increase our ability to understand our creative practice.

3) Readings: Specific Xeroxed articles, tutorials and other online source material will be assigned as needed. For each non-tutorial reading you are required to create two questions for discussion based on that weeks reading. These are to be posted to your blog prior to that day’s reading discussion.

4) Attendance is mandatory at all class sessions. More than two un-excused absences will affect your final grade.

5) Each student will require a minimum 8 gb FLASH DRIVE to transfer their files. Other supplies will be individualized for each student. Student’s lab fee of $25 will be allocated to their printing budget. If there are any concerns with this budget, please see the instructor.

6) Grading: Students will be graded according to how well their participation in reading discussions and creative projects reflect an understanding and willingness to engage with the techniques, issues and practices covered in class. Students should expect to spend at least six hours a week outside of class on their work. The final grade is broken down as follows:

•40% studio projects - 700 pts (7 projects x 100 pts ea)
•10% Questions for reading discussion on blogs - 175 pts (7 readings x 25 pts ea)
•9% Class participation/critiques, discussions, attendance - 150 pts (15 weeks x 10 pts per week)
•10% Written lecture and exhibition reviews
- 180 pts (3 reviews x 60 pts ea)
•14% Final Paper/Presentation - 245 points 

•17% Second Life - 300 points




7) Each student is REQUIRED to attend two approved lectures and one exhibition/performance or film screening, that are regularly announced in class. I will provide you with a list of approved lectures/screenings/exhibitions both on campus and off. You are required to write a short, one page critical summary of the event.

8) Blog Participation: All assignments, large or small, MUST be documented weekly on the class blog! In addition, share links and discuss pertinent issues. Website portfolio: Each student will be creating a website/portfolio blog as an archive of all projects created in this course – this site will serve as the repository for all of your class projects and writing assignments created in this course and any future courses taken through the Digital Media Program. We will go over the creation of your blog on the first day of the class.

9) Laboratory Workshops: Clint Sleeper, Digital Media area half-time Staff, will be scheduling one-hour workshops outside of class time related to specific technical issues surrounding individual projects. It is highly recommended that students take full advantage of these workshops! Clint’s general availability as a daily lab assistant and to be there to assist students with projects is between 11-4pm, Tuesday - Thursday. Laboratory Workshops will be
on Tuesdays at 11 and Wednesdays at 11.

10) Cell phones and PDA's - please do NOT use your cell phones for texting or any other purposes during class times - shut them down please!
If I see you texting in class I will confiscate your phone.
11) Course communications. I will be using email extensively to communicate important information to the class. I will be using the email that is available to me through the MyNevada system. If you do not know or are not sure which email the University has posted to this system, please check and be sure you have an email that you check regularly so you will receive all class messages!

12) Academic Honesty Policy. I would refer all students to the University of Nevada, Reno, Academic Honesty Policy. This class will adhere strictly to these policies. Anyone caught cheating or plagiarizing either in written or studio assignments will be dealt with accordingly.
Computer Access: Due to the ongoing financial crisis and resulting budget cuts to the University, the Digital Media Studio has in the past year faced a drastic re-organization of our facility. Funding has not been made available to replace our aging, 20-workstation laboratory. As such, we have created a streamlined, smaller laboratory with a limited number of student workstations. In light of this situation and specifically in recognition of the fact that we cannot provide a workstation for each student during scheduled class times, we will be working from a lecture/lab model that requires all student work to be completed outside of our scheduled class period. All student projects are to be completed during available lab hours in the Digital Media Studio, on your own computers or in the Knowledge Center’s Dynamic Media Lab. The media lab of the Knowledge Center’s Dynamic Media Lab as well has capable staff on site to assist students. You will be assigned a digital access code for after-hours access to the Digital Media Studio by the end of the second week of the term.

The Montag: The Montag is a student-edited undergraduate research journal that publishes essays, art, creative writing, and other work by students taking courses in the College of Liberal Arts. If you receive a grade of A for an assignment in this class, we encourage you to consider submitting it for publication in The Montag. The maximum page limit for submissions is 20 pages, and there is no minimum. To submit a piece of work, e-mail it along with your name and contact information to