Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the techniques and tools used in digital media. Students will learn how to create digital art through software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and similar applications, exploring a range of topics such as digital painting, graphic design, and animation. The course covers essential concepts like color theory, composition, and typography while encouraging creativity and personal expression. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of digital artwork that demonstrates their skills and artistic vision.

Course Details

Digital Art

Eighth Grade Ninth Grade Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade

Course Objectives

  • Understand the fundamental tools and techniques of digital media.
  • Explore various software applications for digital art creation.
  • Learn key concepts such as color theory, composition, and typography.
  • Create digital art projects that reflect creativity and personal expression.
  • Build a portfolio of digital artwork demonstrating technical skills and artistic vision.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction to Digital Media

  • Overview of Digital Art and Design
    • Understanding the scope of digital media.
    • Introduction to the software and hardware used in digital art creation.
  • Setting Up a Digital Workspace
    • Configuring software and creating a comfortable work environment.
    • Basic navigation and tools in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Unit 2: Digital Art Techniques

  • Digital Painting and Illustration
    • Exploring brushes, layers, and blending techniques.
    • Creating simple digital paintings and illustrations.
  • Color Theory and Application
    • Understanding color wheels, harmonies, and palettes.
    • Applying color theory to digital art projects.
  • Graphic Design Basics
    • Exploring concepts like balance, contrast, and alignment.
    • Creating basic graphic design projects (posters, flyers, etc.).

Unit 3: Advanced Digital Art Techniques

  • Typography and Text Design
    • Understanding different fonts and their uses.
    • Incorporating typography into digital art projects.
  • Photo Editing and Manipulation
    • Basic photo editing techniques (cropping, retouching, etc.).
    • Advanced photo manipulation and compositing.
  • Animation and Motion Graphics
    • Introduction to basic animation techniques.
    • Creating simple animations and motion graphics.

Unit 4: Digital Media Projects

  • Project 1: Digital Illustration
    • Creating a digital illustration that incorporates various techniques.
    • Peer review and critique to improve the project.
  • Project 2: Graphic Design
    • Developing a graphic design project with a specific theme or purpose.
    • Exploring branding and marketing concepts.
  • Project 3: Animation or Motion Graphics
    • Designing a short animation or motion graphics project.
    • Incorporating sound and effects into the animation.

Unit 5: Portfolio Development and Final Project

  • Building a Digital Media Portfolio
    • Organizing digital artwork and selecting pieces for the portfolio.
    • Creating a personal artist statement or portfolio introduction.
  • Final Project: Independent Digital Art
    • Developing a final project based on a chosen theme or concept.
    • Implementing advanced techniques and creative expression.
  • Portfolio Review and Class Critique
    • Presenting portfolios to the class and receiving feedback.
    • Final adjustments and improvements based on peer critique.

Unit 6: Course Review and Reflection

  • Course Review and Skills Assessment
    • Comprehensive review of key concepts and techniques.
    • Skills assessment through quizzes and practical exercises.
  • Course Reflection and Future Directions
    • Reflecting on personal growth and artistic development.
    • Discussion of career opportunities and further studies in digital media.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

  • Teaching methods include software tutorials, hands-on practice, class discussions, and peer critiques.
  • Assessment methods consist of quizzes, digital art projects, portfolio review, and class participation.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have gained a solid understanding of digital media techniques and software applications. They will have created a portfolio of digital artwork demonstrating their technical skills and artistic vision. The course aims to foster creativity and personal expression while providing a foundation for further studies or careers in digital art and design.

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Ms. MaiLyn Millward

MaiLyn Millward having been raised in Utah by two artist parents, took to the family business. While focusing her major in sculpture, MaiLyn paused to serve a church mission in Fiji which cultivated a love of the Pacifika culture and sparked her interest in her own AAPI heritage which is reflected in her BFA exhibit. She currently works as a patina artist and plans to continue after graduation. MaiLyn loves to travel, rollerblade, make art, and cook.