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AUG-SEP 2008

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Em observation, each student draws a 6 x 6" (15 x 15 cm) contour line image of a tree. Students fill the contour drawing with a tree that has overlapping branches or leaves. Details and compositional interest are encouraged as this drawing will be the basis for three additional works on the computer. Once the pencil drawing is completed, it is outlined with black permanent markers, scanned into the computer, and saved as a jpeg file in each student's networked folder. Moving to the Computer Lab The next seven class periods are spent in the computer lab. Working with Corel Painter IX, students create a high-contrast image of their tree drawing in black and white with a concentration on positive and negative spaces. After I explain how this particular software program works, students explore the program's library palettes and the large variety of art papers. Corel Painter operates as if the artist is in an artroom with drawers of supplies available, allowing students to learn about selecting a paper, apply- 26 i ly Ch r i st i a ns on , grad e ei ght , sc u lp tu ra l ac cord ion b ook . ing surface texture, and adding adjustments. Students also experiment with the woodcut option. Each time students make changes to their images, they should save each one as a new file, making sure not to save over their original drawing. When completed to satisfaction, the 6 x 6" (15 x 15 cm) image is printed using an inkjet printer. Working with Color and Value The next step involves working with color and value: monochromatic, complementary, split-complementary, triadic, or related colors. More features of the computer software are introduced, and students are provided with five possible options: 1. Select an art tool and apply colors through the use of tints and shades. Using blenders in the brush palette, blend the colors with the computer mouse. 2. Explore the library palettes and gradients. 3. Select the paint bucket from the toolbar and fill with gradient color using the slide bar for control. 4. Under canvas, apply surface lighting. 5. Under effects and surface control, apply lighting (which includes a large variety of possibilities). Once students are finished applying color values, they should print their work.

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