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Effective: Summer 2013
GID 40DIGITAL PRINTMAKING4 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: ART 14D or GID 41; not open to students with credit in GRDS 71.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will demonstrate an understanding of the language of fine art printmaking and digital media.
  • A successful student will assess form, content and technique when solving problems in visual image creation.
  • A successful student will demonstrate a working knowledge of digital media computer software and print output devices.
  • A successful student will develop an understanding of aesthetic characteristics of computer hardware and software and a discernment in their application.
  • A successful student will create digital prints for class critique and exhibition.
  • A successful student will recognize and appreciate the artistic contributions made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Description -
Introduction to the creative, expressive and experimental possibilities of using digital media to produce fine art prints. Emphasis on image creation, printing technologies and printing techniques.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of the language of fine art printmaking and digital media.
  2. assess form, content and technique when solving problems in visual image creation.
  3. demonstrate a working knowledge of digital media computer software and print output devices.
  4. develop an understanding of aesthetic characteristics of computer hardware and software and a discernment in their application.
  5. create digital prints for class critique and exhibition.
  6. recognize and appreciate the artistic contributions made by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. lecture room equipped with instructional computer, high resolution color monitor, scanner; software; projection system, and lighting suitable for displaying projected. An integrated or separate facility with student workstation configurations to include hard drives, CDROM drives, color monitors, image input and output hardware, electronic drawing tablets, keyboards, scanner, software and output devices including inkjet and toner based printers.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Traditional Printmaking overview
    1. History and development of printmaking
    2. Contributions by individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
    3. Art and science
  2. Digital printmaking and computer generated images overview
    1. History of computer prints and digital printmaking
    2. Contributions by individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
    3. Art and science
    4. Digital technologies and commercial print applications
  3. Concepts of digital printmaking
    1. Concept development
    2. Digital imagemaking and imageprocessing
    3. Digital printers
    4. Curating prints
    5. Achieving and digital media management
    6. Presentation
  4. Software demonstrations and techniques
    1. Software overview
    2. Pixel-based software (raster graphics)
    3. Object-oriented software (vector graphics)
    4. Techniques, special effects and shortcuts
  5. Printing Instruction
    1. Toner-based printers
    2. Inkjet printer
    3. Monoprinting
    4. Combining traditional and digital printmaking
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Completed student projects
  2. Participation in class critiques
  3. Portfolio review
Representative Text(s) -
Sheppard, Rob. New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing. Broadway Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2011.

Disciplines -
Art

 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Oral presentations
  4. Laboratory
  5. Demonstration
 
Lab Content -
  1. Concept development sketches
  2. Planning and production sketches
  3. Preparation of plates
  4. Inks and paper for printing
  5. Printing and curating of finished work.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assignments from handouts.
  2. Reading and research assignments from internet sites.
  3. Writing about art projects.
  4. Writing portfolio and artist's statement.