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INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

December 4, 2011

About the November 29, 2011 Class Session

Good work on your Final Projects on Tuesday. My intention was that all of you would have already written your body copy and had your imagery scanned before the start of class last week so you could immediately start on the production of your InDesign portion of your Final Project. I hope you will be able to spend enough time out of class in order to get caught up. Ideally you should have the project fairly well finished on Tuesday and be working on minor adjustment during class. We’ll see how it goes.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

No reading assignment.

Reflection Assignment:

No reflection assignment

All Past Assignments Due

All past assignments are due on Tuesday, December 6th -that includes digital versions as well as printed copies. I am missing digital files from some students –Please check the file you created in the Class Folder to see if you have all of your digital files turned in.

About the Final Project Assignment

Your Final Project will be assessed on the following criteria:

1. A Multi-page document has been created in Adobe InDesign that shows and describes the development of 2 or 3 of your ANM 104 assignments

2. Placed files have been properly prepped for placement into InDesign.

3. Compositional Thumbnails have been developed for your Final Project and your final publication follows your thumbnails

4. The Body Copy has been successful written and adheres to the specification of the Body Copy Structure defined for this assignment.

5. The Typographical Elements are properly organized and aligned in a compositional layout that makes sense to the reader and maintains correct visual hierarchy.

6. The Graphic Elements are properly organized in a compositional layout that makes sense to the reader and maintains correct visual hierarchy.

7. The finished Final Project demonstrates a well unified Multi-page document that has been designed by successfully using the elements and principles of Design Theory, as well as correctly and effectively using the tools and procedures of the Adobe Creative Suite.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Report to room 220.

2. Bring all pass due assignments to turn in.

3. Bring your USB (thumb) drive with you.

4. The class will begin with a review of your progress on your Final Project.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday –class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly.

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INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

November 23, 2011

About the November 22, 2011 Class Session

Nice work during the Group Review Quiz and the InDesign  class assignments.  I have created a Category just for the Final Project, currently I have posted the directions and information about the writing of the body copy.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

No reading assignment.

Reflection Assignment:

No reflection assignment

About the Poetry Page Composition

If you did not finished this in class –continue to work on this assignment, plan on handing this in on November 29th.

About the Zombie Flyer Page Composition

If you did not finished this in class –continue to work on this assignment, plan on handing this in on November 29th.

About the Final Project Assignment

Final Project Mock-Up

1. Identify which class assignments you will include in your Final Project document.

2. Start scanning your concept thumbnails, compositional thumbnails, gridded drawings, final traditional media pieces, etc.

3. Start writing the body copy for each assignment.

Below is the recommended structure to follow when you write the body copy for your assignments:

a. Define and discuss the Assignment Problem.

• Include the Assignment Specifications in this discussions.

b. Discuss the creation of your Concept Thumbnails.

c. Identify and discuss the Design Theory you utilized in the individual assignments.

d. Discuss the creation of your Compositional Thumbnails.

• Include a discussion of the development process (what worked, what didn’t.)

e. Discuss the creation of your Final Traditional Piece.

f. Discuss the creation of your Final Digital Piece.

• Include the identification of the tools and procedures you used to produce the Digital version of your composition.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Report to room 220.

2. Bring your scanned files, all of your traditional work and all of your digital files.

3. Bring you written body copy for your final project.

4. Bring your USB (thumb) drive with you.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. Our class session will take place in room 220.

INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

November 18, 2011

About the November 15, 2011 Class Session

Thank you for your reflection papers. To see the images we looked at in class click on “Typography & Page Layout”  found under the category “IMAGE RESOURCES” on the right hand column of this class blog.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

No reading assignment.

Reflection Assignment:

No reflection assignment

About the Zombie Self-Portrait (Image Composite)

Continue to work on this assignment, plan on handing this in on November 22nd.

About the Typography Alignment Assignment

Continue to work on this assignment, plan on handing this in on November 22nd.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Report to room 220.

2. Bring your finished  Zombie Self-Portrait and your Typography Alignment files to class as well as print outs.

3. Bring your USB (thumb) drive with you.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. Our class session will take place in room 220.

INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

November 9, 2011

About the November 8, 2011 Class Session

Thank you for your Mid-Term Exam papers and your homework files designs. I will be available Friday afternoon to assist students either in my office or in the CNM Practice Lab for help with Adobe Illustrator and/or Adobe Photoshop.

To see the images we looked at in class click on “Emphasis Samples”  found under the category “IMAGE RESOURCES” on the right hand column of this class blog.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

Pages  56 – 69 in your textbook.

Reflection Assignment:

Write a reflection in your own words that answers the question below.  Your reflection should be a professional looking document –it should be typed, with complete sentences and correct grammar and spelling

1. Identify the “Focal Point” in either your “Pop Art Self-Portrait” or your “Zombie Self-Portrait” and  discuss the types of “Emphasis” it uses.

About the Digital Pop Art Self-Portrait

Continue to work on your Digital Pop Art Self-Portrait, strive to have this complete on November 15th.

About the Zombie Self-Portrait (Image Composite)

Continue to work on this assignment, strive to have this complete on November 15th.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Report to room 220.

2. Bring your finished Digital Pop Art Self-Portrait Adobe Photoshop file and your Zombie Self-Portrait to class as well as print outs.

3. Bring your USB (thumb) drive with you.

4. Your Reflection is due at the beginning of class.

5. The class will begin with a Quiz over the reading assignment.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. Our class session will take place in room 220.

INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

November 2, 2011

About the November 1, 2011 Class Session

The In Class Demo Dilemma

We had a visitor to our classroom last week who was conducting a study by my request. In the study data is collected regarding the percentage of students who fully participate (give their full attention and follow along) when an instructor does a presentation or demonstration in a computer classroom.

Our visitor collected data for the 20 minutes that I presented the Photoshop Basics PowerPoint and demonstrated how to select areas, fill them with color,  modify the colors using the Hue/Saturation/Lightness sliders, taking a photo with Photo Booth, and the times of guided practice.

As you know much of the Tuesday’s instruction dealt with learning and practicing Photoshop skills. The majority of the rest of this semester will involve learning and practicing the many basics skills you will need to master in the Adobe Creative Suite in order to be a successful student in the Art & New Media program.

With this in mind consider the following data that was collected in our classroom during that time:

• 50% of the students in class were engaged appropriately, following my demonstration for the entire 20 minutes.

• 30% of the students were engaged appropriately ONLY when I was at their workstation.

• 10% of the students were engaged appropriately more than half of the time.

• 10% of the students were engaged appropriately less than half of the time

Why Am I Sharing This Information With You?

As the Center for New Media mission states:

The Center for New Media’s purpose is to offer career-based, industry-standard instruction for students to ensure each has the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for successful employment in the new media industry. It provides a creative and open learning environment by allowing students to combine coursework to achieve certificates and associates degrees in animation, game art, graphic design, illustration, time-based media, web design  interactive media, and web production technology.

I’m sharing this data because it is our mission, and my personal desire, to do what ever I can to ensure that you have the knowledge, skills and the experience needed for successful employment in the new media industry.

My classroom experience has shown me that the students that made up the 50% that were engaged and following the presentation/demonstration will be better prepared to successfully complete the lessons assignment accurately and will do better in the class overall. Students that make it a practice to fully engage with the instructor and other students during their time here at the Center for New Media will be more successful.

Because I care about your success I ask you to make every effort to engage in the “task at hand” when you are in the classroom.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

Because we did not get to cover Emphasis in Visual Communications during class on the 1st, there will be no reading assignment.

Reflection Assignment:

In the place of the Reflection Assignment you are to continue working on your Mid-Term Exam paper. You will also find the information, instructions and images for the Mid-Term Exam paper under MID-TERM EXAM in the “Categories” column of this blog.

The Mid-Term Exam is due on November 8th at the beginning of class. Late exams will not be accepted.

About the Digital Wallpaper Assignment

Continue to work on your Digital Wallpaper Assignment.

About the Digital Pop Art Self-Portrait

Continue to work on your Digital Pop Art Self-Portrait, this is due next week.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Report to room 220.

2. Bring your finished Digital Wallpaper Adobe Illustrator file and your Digital Pop Art Self-Portrait Adobe Photoshop file to class as well as print outs.

3. Bring your USB (thumb) drive with you.

4. The Mid-Term Exam is due at the beginning of class.

5. The class will begin with a critique of your Pop Art Self-Portrait Print outs.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. Our class session will take place in room 220.

INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

October 26, 2011

About the October 25, 2011 Class Session

Digital Wallpaper Production Sequence

Thank you for your reflection papers and your work and initiative while working on your Digital Dueling Rhythms assignment.

Continue to work on finishing up this assignment and the Digital Wallpaper assignment. Bring both of these to class next Tuesday.


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

No Reading Assignment

Reflection Assignment:

In the place of the Reflection Assignment please start working on your Mid-Term Exam paper. The information, instructions and images for the Mid-Term Exam paper follow this Instructor’s Recap. You will also find it listed as MID-TERM EXAM under “Categories” on the right column of this blog.

About the Digital Wallpaper Assignment

Continue to work on your Digital Wallpaper Assignment –completed assignments are due next week. We will critique print outs and do a file “check” to look for and correct common pen tool mistakes.

The images of the Digital Wallpaper Production Sequence we looked through in class can be found under the category “IMAGE RESOURCES” on the right hand column of this class blog, click on “Digital Wallpaper Production”.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Report to room 220.

2. Bring your finished Digital Dueling Rhythm  and Digital Wallpaper Adobe Illustrator files to class as well as a print out.

3. Bring your USB (thumb) drive with you.

4. Homework is due at the beginning of class.

5. Class will begin with a file “check” / critique.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. Our class session will take place in room 220.

INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

October 18, 2011

About the October 18, 2011 Class Session

About the Pop Art Assignment

Thank you for your reflection papers and your development work on your final Pop Art Compositions. Today’s critique was very good and it did well to demonstrate how much you have learned about Pop Art, Pop Artists, Color Theory, as well as the imagery, motifs, methods and techniques used in Pop Art.

Continue to work on finishing up this assignment, keeping in mind that all development work and reference work are essential parts of the production of the final piece. In case you are wondering, you will be reproducing your Pop Art Compositions with digital media.


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

No Reading Assignment

Reflection Assignment:

Write a reflection in your own words regarding the reflection topic below. Please make sure you have included the topic you are writing about. Your reflection should be a professional looking document –it should be typed, with complete sentences, correct grammar and spelling.

Now that you have completed several projects (Dueling Rhythm Composition, Wallpaper Composition, Subtractive Color Wheel and Color Scheme, Additive Color Wheel and Shades & Tints) discuss how you think your classmates are progressing.

Use the rating scale of Unsatisfactory, Satisfactory, Good and Exemplary.

In your discussion give one example of Exemplary work, one of Good work, one of Satisfactory Work and one of Work that is Unsatisfactory –give reasons why you have rated it that way.

Describe something that you would do to improve the work.

Describe the work to identify it.

About the Digital Dueling Rhythms Assignment

Continue to work on your Digital Dueling Rhythms –completed assignments are due next week. We will critique print outs and do a file “check” to look for and correct common pen tool mistakes.

Next Week: Digital Wallpaper Assignment

Next week bring your your Wallpaper Color Scheme to class and your finished Wallpaper Composition (Black Marker on Bristol Board)

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Report to room 220.

2. Bring in your Wallpaper Color Scheme and your Wallpaper Composition in order to scan them -or scan them prior to class.

3. Bring your finished Digital Dueling Rhythm Adobe Illustrator file to class as well as a print out.

4. Bring your USB (thumb) drive with you.

5. Homework is due at the beginning of class.

6. Class will begin with a file “check” / critique.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. Our class session will take place in room 220.

INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

October 11, 2011

About the October 11, 2011 Class Session

Thank you for your reflection papers and your development work on the Pop Art Compositions. Continue working on either refining your elements, compositional thumbnails, grid composition and producing your final composition. Strive to keep the craftsmanship compatible to the original work of Lichtenstein, Blake, Dine, Oldenburg and Warhol. We will conduct an “in-progress” critique next week.

To view the  Adobe Illustrator Palettes and Windows we used to mix Additives colors and their Tints and Shades click on the “Additive Color”  title found under the category “IMAGE RESOURCES” on the right hand column of this class blog.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

No Reading Assignment

Reflection Assignment:

Write a reflection in your own words that answers one of the following questions. Please make sure you have included the question you are writing about. Your reflection should be a professional looking document –it should be typed, with complete sentences and correct grammar and spelling

1. Be brutally honest with yourself and describe areas in your Pop Art Composition that must be improved in order to be comparable to the original Pop Art work of Lichtenstein, Blake, Dine, Oldenburg and Warhol

a. Identify and discuss what does not “measure up” and what you can do to improve the composition.

 2. What Pop Art Methods and Techniques are you simulating in your Pop Art Composition?

a. Explain what you are doing to simulate these Methods and Techniques.

Additive Color Assignment:

Continue to work on your Additive Color Wheel and your Additive Tints and Shades until you get the colors, tints and shades just the way you want them.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Report to room 220.

2. Bring your Pop Art Composition development work and your progress on the final Pop Art composition with you for a critique session.

3. Bring your final Dueling Rhythm composition to class so you can scan it

4. Bring your USB (thumb) drive with you.

5. Homework is due at the beginning of class.

6. Class will begin with a critique.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. Our class session will take place in room 220.

INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

October 5, 2011

About the October 4, 2011 Class Session

Roy Lichtenstein

Thank you for your reflection papers and your and your work on your Color Wheel and Color Scheme. We will be using your color scheme to create a digital color palette when we produce your Wallpaper Design in Adobe Illustrator. Continue to work on your Color Wheel and Color Scheme until you get the colors and tints just they way you want them.

To view the  Cool and Warm Color images and the Pop Art images we looked at in class click on the appropriate title found under the category “IMAGE RESOURCES” on the right hand column of this class blog.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

Scale and Proportion Pages  72 – 87  in your textbook.

Reflection Assignment:

Write a reflection in your own words that answers one of the following questions. Please make sure you have included the question you are writing about. Your reflection should be a professional looking document –it should be typed, with complete sentences and correct grammar and spelling

1. Concerning the color scheme you selected for your Wallpaper and the emotional attributes of the colors -what adjectives would you use to describe the emotional attributes of your wallpaper color scheme?

a. Discuss how the lines, rhythm and imagery used in your Wallpaper pattern are “Unified” with the color scheme.

 2. Of the Pop Art work we reviewed in class, which one (or ones) appeals to you the most?

a. Explain why.

Color Mixing Assignment:

As mentioned above, we will be using your color scheme to create a digital color palette when we produce your Wallpaper Design in Adobe Illustrator. Continue to work on your Color Wheel and Color Scheme until you get the colors and tints just they way you want them.

Pop Art Composition Assignment:

Peter Blake

Assignment Description:

Create an original Pop Art Composition that successfully integrates:

•  A traditional Pop Art color palette.

•  Pop Art themes and motifs.

•  Simulated Pop Art methods and techniques.

•  21st century comparable subject matter.

•  Pop Art composition design styles.

The Creative Process

1. Research Pop Art by finding the answers to the following questions (in-class exercise):

a. Why was Pop Art created?

b. What inspired the Pop Artists?

c. Who were the Pop Artists?

d. What was the subject matter of Pop Art?

e. What were the methods and techniques the Pop Artists employed?

f. What socio-economic and/or cultural occurrences influenced the Pop Artists?

2. Identify the Color Palette and elements/subject matter utilized by the Pop Artists (in-class exercise).

3. Identify and research the methods and techniques used by the Pop Artists (in-class exercise).

4. Brainstorm 21st century comparable/related subject matter (in-class exercise).

5. Research and collect reference imagery for your Pop Art Composition.

6. Sketch out individual imagery you are thinking of using in your Pop Art Composition on the  Element Drawing Sheets.

7. Use the Compositional Study Sheets to come up with three Pop Art Compositions thumbnails.

8. Reproduce the most successful Pop Art Composition onto the Construction Grid.

NEXT WEEK WE WILL CRITIQUE THE POP ART COMPOSITIONS DRAWN ON THE CONSTRUCTION GRID. WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POP ART ASSIGNMENT IN CLASS NEXT WEEK.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Come prepared for a quiz on your reading assignments.

2. Bring your Pop Art Composition on your Construction Grid, your Pop Art element drawings and compositional thumbnails for a “development” critique.

3. Bring your red, blue and yellow acrylic paint and brushes to class along with your other class supplies and be prepared to work with traditional media.

4. Homework is due at the beginning of class.

5. Class will begin with a quiz on your textbook readings.

4. If you have not done so, please bring in the signed agreement form that is attached to the back of the Course Information document.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. We will start our class session in room 120.

INSTRUCTOR’S RECAP

September 27, 2011

About the September 27, 2011 Class Session

Triadic Color Scheme Sample

Thank you for your papers and your Wallpaper Pattern work. I’ll say it again, overall your Wallpaper Pattern compositions are some of the best that I have seen. We will make the adjustments necessary for horizontal and vertical alignment when we produce them digitally in Adobe Illustrator.

I believe that we are progressing in our critiquing skills, well done!

To see the Color Scheme images we looked at in class click on the appropriate title found under the category “IMAGE RESOURCES” on the right hand column of this class blog. The title name for the Lesson 4 imagery is “Color Schemes”.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT REVIEW:

Reading Assignment:

Pages  252 – 287  in your textbook.

Reflection Assignment:

Write a reflection in your own words that answers one of the following questions. Please make sure you have included the question you are writing about. Your reflection should be a professional looking document –it should be typed, with complete sentences and correct grammar and spelling

1. What type of interior (venue) do you visualize your wallpaper pattern to hang and what color palette or color scheme do you think would be suitable for this interior.

a. Explain why you made the choices you did by giving examples.

 2. Of the color schemes we reviewed in class, which color scheme appeals to you the most?

a. Explain why you made your choice.

Color Mixing Assignment:

If you are so inclined and can purchase white acrylic paint, please finish your color wheel. We will be painting color schemes next week.

Wallpaper Color Research Assignment:

Research color schemes and/or color palettes to explore various color combinations that would be suitable for your wallpaper pattern.

FOR THE CLASS SESSION NEXT WEEK:

1. Come prepared for a quiz on your reading assignments.

2. Bring your red, blue and yellow acrylic paint and brushes to class along with your other class supplies and be prepared to work with traditional media.

3. Homework is due at the beginning of class.

3. Class will begin with a quiz on your textbook readings.

4. If you have not done so, please bring in the signed agreement form that is attached to the back of the Course Information document.

Looking forward to seeing you in class next Tuesday – class will start at 9:00 a.m. Please plan accordingly. We will start our class session in room 120.