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APR 2019

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34 PART 2: OBJECTIVES • Create a digital collage of an animal using digital photograph and image-editing software. • Enhance our design with realisticall endered shadows. • Produce a screen capture tutorial focusing on a specific skill. ESSENTIAL QUESTION How can digital media be used to create unique and exciting designs? MATERIALS AND RESOURCES • Adobe Photoshop • Photoshop tutorials • Screencasting tool (such as Screencast-O-Matic) NATIONAL MEDIA ARTS STANDARD Producing: Conve eaning through the presentation of artistic work. ROBOT ZOO I n every class, there are students who yearn to take things apart and see how they work, using their hands and a variety of tools in a vigorous way. In a class devoted to computer use, I look for ways to provide those active opportunities as much as possible for students who need relief from the screen. Creating the Process Students enrolled in my Introduc- tion to Photoshop and Photo I courses chose an animal to rec- reate as a robot using mechanical parts photographed in class. They gathered a variety of objects and scavenged them for parts. Students took digital photos of their assembled objects in multiple positions using a black or white background—thinking ahead to the need for easy selection in Photoshop. After practicing with the various selection tools in Photo- Diane Wilkin A MASH-UP OF IMAGINATION, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, AND PHOTO MANIPULATION shop, students used their skills to create a robotic animal, paying atten- tion to shape, form, joints/attach- ments, and personality. They layered images on top of a reference photo found on the Internet. With the ani- mal robot created, students deleted the original photo layer and flattened the remaining layers into one. Accessing Digital Resources After viewing a tutorial on the Real- istic Cast Shadow Effect (we use the Photoshop Essentials website), students also created a shadow of their animal, giving their flat digital creations the illusion of form. Learn- ing to identify and utilize resources for learning in the broader world is a necessary skill to practice. After using this and other found tutorials, students reflected on which resources were most helpful to their personal learning style. In Flight by Nefertari Grant Digital Mouse by Dana Prendergast Digital Design SCHOOLARTS COLLECTION 35 MAGNIFICENT MOIRÉ SYMMETRY AND MATHEMATICAL PATTERNS E very year, I challenge myself to inject new, relevant and design-worthy projects into my computer graphics classes. I've been teaching the introductory course for fourteen years and, as we all know, teaching a newly invented lesson can help reenergize a topic that may have become too routine. This was the precise scenario I was confronted with when con- sidering the first design project for the year. My new classes were full of energy and a can-do attitude. I had one weekend to come up with something fabulous. I had begun the course with an intense introduction to the principles of design, and now I needed my students to synthesize some of what they had learned into a piece of artwork. Students had to quickly and seamlessly acclimate to the workspace, tools, and palettes in Adobe Illustrator, which none of them had ever used before. Kasmira Mohanty OBJECTIVES • Understand that moiré patterns are interference patterns produced b verla ing similar but slightl ffset patterns. • Create a s mmetrical moiré- patterned image using Illustrator and Photoshop. ESSENTIAL QUESTION How can math and science concepts be creativel expressed in digital art? MATERIALS AND RESOURCES • Adobe Illustrator • Adobe Photoshop NATIONAL MEDIA ARTS STANDARD Creating: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. The Answer Is Andrea Despite my enthusiasm, I was strug- gling with an idea and began trolling the Internet out of frustration. That's when I accidentally came across the work of Andrea Minini. There before me were illustrations using moiré patterns to create images of slightly abstracted animals in black and white. Moiré (mwar-ay) is a French term for a textile with a rip - pled pattern. Moiré in mathematics describes when two identical pat- terns are overlayed but not perfectly matched. I thought, this is it, but I had to figure out a clever way to translate the mathematical and sci - entific intricacies of creating moiré patterns into something manage- able for a beginning design student. I experimented in Illustrator and came up with a method to imitate the behavior of a moiré pattern by employing the Paintbrush and Blend tool in Illustrator. Artwork by Zaida Ramos Artwork by Jake Torregrossat 18 PART 2: Digital Design SCHOOLARTS COLLECTION 19 Davis Publications | DavisArt.com | 800.533.2847 | ContactUs@DavisArt.com For more information, visit DavisArt.com/MediaArts . Ar ou wondering how to incorporate media arts or digital technolog our classroom? Or ar ou searching for exciting lessons to include i our alread stablished program? In this new book, SchoolArts editor Nanc alkup and the editorial team from Davis Publications present lessons that cover the full spectrum of media arts. In SchoolArts Collection: Media Arts, ou will find insight, suggestions for free resources and web-based tools, and engaging lessons with excellent student examples that include inspiration on digital design, film, animation, game design, digital photography, virtual reality, 3D printing, and robotics. INTRODUCING THE FIRST TITLE IN OUR SchoolArts Collection Series

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