Digital Art & Animation
A project-based course to prepare students to create fine art work using the computer and a variety of software as tools to manipulate images. Students will learn to use the computer, scanners, and printers to create unique imagery.
The curriculum is based on the California State Standards for Visual Art. For access to the full text of the standards, go to www.nusd.org/CurriculumInstruction/currmain.html. These are elective courses in digital art which meets the requirements for entrance into state colleges and universities.
The first semester is spent learning the technical aspects of photography and digital manipulation programs (Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator) and basic design principles. The second semester focuses on creative exploration and manipulation of images and graphic design projects. For Digital Art II, III, the technical aspects are briefly reviewed the first semester. More challenging use of Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter and InDesign and greater control over composition is expected from the advanced students. Digital Art IV is an AP Studio 2D Course and is spent developing a portfolio for submission to the College Board in May.