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MS Digital Arts I

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Course Description

In this course you will become familiar with basic concepts essentially to visual and digital art, such as line, shape, form, color, value, space, and texture. Using Inkscape, a free open-source program, you will also develop core artistic skills through the creation of original digital art. You will have the opportunity to express yourself as well through a course-long art project that involves the creation of a still life scene.

Course Objectives

In this unit, you will learn how to use the course technology. You will learn how to navigate through the course, find and zip files, set up your Web browser, and complete coursework. You will also learn about using trustworthy sources, avoiding plagiarism, and making proper citations.
Introduction to Digital Art:
In this unit, you will learn about basic concepts that inform visual arts, digital arts, and computer graphics. You will also start to learn how to use Inkscape, a software program for creating digital art.
Lines:
In this unit, you will explore the use of lines in art. Using Inkscape, you will create different types of lines, including a special kind of curve called the Bezier Curve. You will also start an art project that you will continue to work on throughout the course. This project will involve the creation of a still life scene depicting a glass, a decanter, and a bowl of fruit.
Shape and Form:
In this unit, you will explore the use of shapes and forms in art. Using Inkscape, you will create different types of shapes. You will also continue with your art project, adding shapes and forms to your still life.
Color:
In this unit, you will learn how color is related to light and how color is used in art. You will use Inkscape’s color sliders to practice using color. You will also continue with your art project, adding grapes and colors to your still life.
Value:
In this unit, you will learn how value, or the lightness or darkness of a color, is used in art. Using Inkscape, you will create a color value scale. You will also continue with your art project, adding value to your still life through highlights.
Space:
In this unit, you will explore how space and perspective is used in art. Using Inkscape, you will draw two-dimensional objects that look three-dimensional. You will also continue with your art project. You will add a table and book to your still life to create the illusion of 3D space.
Texture:
In this unit, you will explore how texture is used in art. You will create different textures using Inkscape’s filters. You will also complete your art project by adding texture to different parts of your still life.

 

Course Dates

Connections Learning courses start every week on a Tuesday. The final start dates for each semester are listed below:

Fall start date: 8/9/2016
Last day for fall enrollment: 12/6/2016
Fall semester end date: 1/9/2017

Spring semester start date: 1/10/2017
Last date for Spring enrollment: 4/4/2017
Spring semester end date: 6/9/2017

Once enrolled we will be in touch to confirm your preferred start date and advise of the next steps

Each course will run for a duration of 16 weeks*

*(this can be customized for Institutional Enrollment Partners)

Prerequisites

  • None

 

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Duration 16 w
Level Beginner
Start Date Spring 2017

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