September 23-27

GAD 1 – Students know how to erase backgrounds, add multiple images to create a single image, layers palette importance, save names, and how to put images into drop box for evaluation. You’ve learned the most important Photoshop tools and palettes. We’ll add a few more this week and next. Then we’ll move onto a project I call Food Face. A few years ago a Dutch College University picked up on images posted on this blog and published one GHS art students Food Face image on the cover of their magazine! Using images of their favorite foods students will create a self portrait in the style of G. Arcimboldo. I’ll relate this artists works of art and life to what students study in history classes.

GAD 2 – Let’s look together at what this wonderful group of second year computer art students have been creating so far this year. How might you start a portfolio of your efforts? Green Valley tutorial due by the end of the week.

Animation/Game Design – It’s all about the people who created famous animated characters. My favorites are from the Jetsons. What’s yours?

Week 4 – September 9-13, 2013

GAD 1 – Review of Photoshop tools practiced. Learning proper save names and how to place expressive line assignment into drop box. The many ways to delete and erase in Photoshop.

GAD 2 – Review Render Options and making a template for future use. New, populating terrains with ecosystem brush tool.

Animation (CAG) – Exporting stop motion framebyframe assignment from last week. Proper save name and drop box instructions. Exploring famous cat animation characters.

Week Two, August 26-30, 2013

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**All students need ear buds everyday.

*$10.00 art fee for GAD 1 and GAD 2.

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CAG (Animation/Game Design Class) – We created animations using the web site This week we will explore the ancient animation device called a Thaumatrope. Students will use the animation web site to make an electronic Thaumatrope. We will also learn how Persistence of Vision enabled the film industry. Goals will be discussed as well as thinking creatively instead of copying a Thaumatrope idea off the internet. Here’s an extra credit option. Another extra credit option here.

GAD 1 – We completed a Comic Life page about individual student interests. They will be posted in the hall. This week we’ll find out what we have in common by studying Italian Renaissance art. Students will choose 5 paintings by five different artists. A Comic Life page will be made to show those 5 paintings. Each painting will need the artists name, date of completion, size, and where the painting is located now. A sixth Comic Life frame/panel will include which painting the student would consider buying and why. I’m “giving” each student 2 billion dollars for their purchase ;-)

GAD 2 – Last week students viewed two videos about Vue Infinite‘s interface. We also practiced moving simple shapes in the 3 dimensions. Students successfully applied colored textures to the shapes. This week we will access Vue’s Atmosphere Editor. In what ways does an objects texture change when the atmosphere is changed? Why? How does this relate to the real world?

October 15-19, 2012

GAD 1 – Sketches were due late last week for an original surrealism  work of art using Photoshop. Each student is to include 3 of the 4 terms within their one work of art. Levitation, scale change, tranformation. Two visual resources were available to assist students with their two sketches. This week one of those approved sketches will go into production. I’ll continue to stress how to show one object behind another (we learned this on the Green Gremlin practice assignment) and basic composition. Study guides were handed out last week. If you lost your Photoshop Toolbar handout you can print it out from my previous Study Guides and handouts post.

GAD 2 – Three groups were formed. Each group finalized the art web portfolio rubric. Students considered the best font size, font family type, color scheme, and layout using several best practices portfolios provided by instructor. Each student sketched their idea using their groups rubric. MP1 test is on the toolbars within Vue. Study guides were offered. You can still print one out from my previous Handouts and Study Guides post.

CAG ( animation) – Rotoscoping is a slow process but students are speeding up as they become more comfortable with Photoshops tools and the animation palette. On Friday CAG produced a quick group stop motion video. The student director titled it The Great Wreck. Other students were asked to make a plan for next weeks video. I’ll introduce the same process to the Day 1 class. MP1 test for these two classes will be the 1/2 way point of their Rotoscoping video.


October 9-12, 2012

GAD1 – Finishing up review of first Photoshop Quiz #1. Starting unit on Surrealism. Students will receive a file with a background and 4 images for practice. How to might you modify the images to show levitation, transformation, juxtaposition, and scale change. Last week students discovered the copyright free images located within the F176 Shared Folder. I’ll introduce them to Creative Commons and how to identify copyright free images within other web sites.

GAD2 – Comments have been posted on surrealism revisions submitted last week. This week we’ll look at exemplery web art portfolios and develop a rubric for class use. Then students will use Dreamweaver to create their own portfolio. The portfolio is a year long assignment. Rubric ideas here>>>

Animation – Continue using Photoshop to Rotoscope their Rotoball videos. On Thursday and Friday we’ll take a break and make a stop motion human video. Thursday class already has a plan. Fridays class will create storyboards for their plan. Hopefully we’ll end the year with a human stop motion video directed by each student.

October 1-5, 2012

All Bachmann classes are somewhat Blended. That means the instructor uses an intrAnet, the internet, and class demonstrations (face to face) for instruction.

GAD1 – Learning new artistic ways to work with Photoshop in preparation for attaining additional ways to manipulate images. Blending Modes are awesome!

GAD2 –  Reviewing ways we’ve manipulated Terrains in Vue Infinite and applying Rule of Thirds to their Surrealism image due to drop box this week.

CAG/Animation – Finalizing the filming of their Rotoball idea. Using Photoshop Brush Tool for Rotoscoping technique.

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September 24-28, 2012

GAD 1 – Finalize personal identity collage. Students will evaluate their products using the “must haves” assigned last week. The checklist is available on previous post-Important Handouts and Study Guides. Next, we’ll be learning about the powerful Photoshop Blending Modes.

GAD 2 – Finalize Surrealism project. Students will evaluate their products using the checklist introduced at the beginning of the assignment. We’ll also review how to change the horizon line. The Surrealism checklist is available on previous post-Important Handouts and Study Guides.

CAG (Animation) – Day 1 has a test on Monday. Both classes will shoot their Rotoball video and begin rotoscoping each frame using Photoshop.