Exploring Digital Multimedia: A syllabus for grades 9-12
Object: The purpose of this course is to expose the students to a wide range of digital media, from visual to sound to 3-d modeling. It will provide an introduction to some common programs, and the inspiration to use them for creative expression. No previous experience with the programs is necessary, but basic computer skills are a prerequisite.
WEEK 1: Introduction: Explore the nature of digital multimedia, show examples from art and visual culture.
Activities: Demonstrate image search and capture; discuss issues of copyright and proper credit.
Demonstrate PowerPoint and/or Keynote.
Show David Byrne's PowerPoint pieces.
PROJECT: The students will create a movie, collaging text and images, using PowerPoint.
WEEK 2: Work in studio. Critique.
WEEK 3: Activities: Show examples of Photoshopped imagery.
Demonstrate downloading from cameras and phones, and use of scanner. Introduction to Photoshop. Demonstrate use of selection tools, layers, effects and filters.
PROJECT: The students will create a portfolio of 10 photos, at least three that are noticeably manipulated.
WEEK 4: Work in studio
WEEK 5: Work in Studio. Critique.
WEEK 6: Activities: Introduce sound. Discuss the basics of sound quality, and introduce Garage Band and Audacity.
PROJECT: The students will create an original 3 minute song, and a manipulated vocal track.
WEEK 7: Activities: Introduce IMovie/Photo-to-Movie. Discuss editing using the program's transitions. Demonstrate adding sound.
PROJECT: The students will create a movie. *See accompanying Lesson Plan.
WEEK 8: Work in studio.
WEEK 9: Work in studio. Critique
WEEK 10: Activities: Demonstrate logging on to the virtual classroom on the Second Life teen grid. Go over the basic commands, then demonstrate building basics, moving, stretching, lighting, texture mapping.
PROJECT: The students will create a lamp of their own design in the virtual classroom.
WEEK 11: Work in Studio.
WEEK 12: Activities: The students will upload their work into online portfolios. We will have a critique and an art show in the virtual gallery.