Digital Art Course Description
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Digital Art Course Description
This one-year course introduces students to contemporary media as an extension of the creative experience.  Covered in this survey of visual communications are aesthetics, art criticism, art-history, art-making and self-expression.  Students analyze and compare traditional art with contemporary art and methods and use of technology in the art experience. The course includes exploring different cultural influences, historical periods and movements in art. Through lecture, research, reading materials and assigned projects, the course emphasizes the elements and principles of art in a manner that engages students. The course concludes with relative links between the visual arts and professional career possibilities.

UC Fine Arts Accreditation
The University of California recognizes credits earned for these courses toward Fine Arts requirements.

Career Technical Education - CTE Certificated Course

Digital Art Objectives
The objectives of this class are to achieve proficient technical and aesthetic skills using various tools to generate a broad range of two dimensional images. The work you will produce should demonstrate a good understanding of both the technical and artistic/aesthetic implication of the medium utilized.  In addition, success with the course material could lead to successful employment as a career or supplementing income while continuing education.

As a result of taking this class, you should be able to:
• Work professionally within a design team.
• Identify numerous design careers which are available.
• Evaluate designs (your work and others’) for audience, meaning, and effectiveness.
• Use the elements and principles of design in a decisive fashion.
• Plan a design project according to a client’s needs.
• Build a design gradually using thumbnail sketches and mockups.
• Create attractive layouts that communicate messages effectively.
• Use color to communicate ideas to others.
• Use typography effectively in a design.
• Use Adobe Photoshop or Painter to edit, retouch color correct and enhance photographs.
• Use Adobe Photoshop or Painter to digitally draw artistic styled painterly images using digital brushes.
• Use Adobe Photoshop or Painter to create and stylize portraits and landscapes.

Method of Instruction & Participation
Students will learn and develop their individual skills in a virtual studio through hands-on instruction and group activities.  I use instructor led demonstrations and lectures to introduce new concepts. Students gain valuable experience by practical activities and tutorials, thus exposing them to scenarios that replicate real world situations.  State of the art computer equipment and software is provided in the classroom. The digital imaging projects assigned and produced in Digital Art course reflect current industry standards and practices.  

Attendance is vital for success!
Since classroom activities play a major part in each student's success in the class, attendance is critical.  When a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to make up the assignments that were missed.

Course Accreditations
The Digital Art course is intended as preparation for college.

This class will provide you with required and elective credits counting toward graduation from Rancho Buena Vista High School.

Digital Art also meets fine art requirements for the University of California. California State Universities and Colleges, or earns elective credits at Palomar College.

Course curricula are structured around California Department of Education Standards, University of California Standards, California Regional Occupation Program Competencies, Palomar community College requirements, and Vista Unified School District High School Requirements.

Goals and Major Student Outcomes:

1. Develop awareness and perception of traditional and contemporary art, to include natural and manmade phenomenon. (Standard 1, 3)

2. Demonstrate proficiencies and refined skills by effectively applying art elements and principles of design to communicate visually ideas and messages.
   (Standard 2)

3. Identify and use art vocabulary, art elements and principles of design to describe, discuss, analyze,evaluate and write about their own and other artist's work.
    They will defend their position on the aesthetic value of specific art works. (Standard 1)

4. Understand historical contributions of technology to art and the influence of new technology on traditional and contemporary artwork. (Standard 3, Standard 4)

5. Understand how personal beliefs, cultural traditions, and social, political and economic trends affect  the interpretations and meaning of an artwork.
   (Standard 4)

6. Identify, analyze and discuss how the purpose of art varies with time, place and cultural influences, including contemporary social and cultural issues.
    (Standard 3)

7. Integrate knowledge gained from other disciplines (the humanities, math and sciences) in the development of self expression. (Standard 5)

Learning Objectives:

1. Students create digital works and sketches that show an understanding of representational, abstract and conceptual art. (Standard 1)

2. Students gain a basic knowledge of a variety of art related digital programs and their practical and aesthetic capabilities. (Standard 1)

3. Students distinguish between various forms of visual communications. (Standard 1)

4. Students develop and maintain a sketchbook for class notes, research project material and clip files throughout the course. (Standard 2)

5. Students keep a portfolio (in their sketchbook) of original artwork that reflects refined artisanship and technical skill. (Standard 2)

6. Students demonstrate observational drawing skill and digital imagery. They will create at least one artwork that addresses a social issue. (Standard 2)

7. Students demonstrate their knowledge of symbolic representation. (Standard 2)

8. Students study, compare and contrast art from various cultures. (Standard 3)

9. Students understand the cultural and social significance of the digital medium and its relationship to the evolution of traditional art. (Standard 3)

10. Students analyze and critique artworks by recognized artists as well as their own. (Standard 4)