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Providing an introduction to both digital media art software and photography, this course will introduce the world of digital art. Students will learn and apply Photoshop techniques to digitally enhance photos, and will learn Illustrator techniques to create digital illustrations and animations. In addition, students will shoot digital photographs including portraiture and abstract images. Your Chromebook is a requirement, and having a cell phone or your own digital camera would he helpful but is not a requirement.

Studio Habits of Mind

The 8 Studio Habits of Mind is a framework- a way of thinking and practicing studio skills. The 8 habits have no order-- they work together in a cycle and have no structure- instead they should animate as studio experiences unfold.

Below are videos of creative artists modeling studio habits of mind and discussing the beauty of mistakes, the need to struggle, and the satisfaction of making their unique contributions to the world through their art form.

Develop Craft & Skills. Artists learn to use different tools and materials and also familiarize themselves with different artistic conventions (these are the things you've been learning about since 1st grade- using different brushes, different types of pencils, color mixing, learning about 1-pt perspective, etc). 

Engage & Persist

Artists explore and learn about problems of relevance within the art world or of personal importance; this is known as a concept. They work to develop focus and grit and other mental states needed to working and persevering at art tasks. In other works- work hard and be determined!

Envision

Learning to picture mentally what you can't directly observe and imagining possible next steps in making a piece.