ART 125 – Digital Imaging I – 3 humanities credits

An introduction to the computer as a tool for visual art, with a focus on gaining proficiency in Adobe Photoshop. Students learn photo retouching, painting, collage, and drawing techniques. Operation of scanners and printers, file management, and digital practices are covered. Includes discussion of digital art concepts and examples of digital media in contemporary art and design. No previous experience necessary. Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill, White Plains Art Center and Valhalla –  Contact hrs. 4.



Click here to download SUMMER 2017 SYLLABUS 

Email your inquires to Prof. Deb Krikun

OFFICIAL ASSIGNMENT PAGES – please view link below
for week by week assignments and classroom tutorials.


Adobe Hyper-Realism Promotional image for an upcoming an event!

Here are some topics about how to create engaging composition. Often this will be ongoing discussion in class but we learn software as we learn how to express our ideas. Students learn and apply techniques through sketching and compositing assets utilzing software. Download the Powerpoint (below) that will help you to better understand the best practices to use in your assignments.  PowerPoint Best Practices for Engaging Compositions AND
a sample of a Digital Imaging Rubric that I use for all assignments.

Final Exam Presentation (500-800 words)- Case Study Example to download!
Case Study Example #2 – about concepts! | Student Case Study Example

1) Photoshop Tutorials/Resources – video workshops, many more, NAPP,
Quick Select, more resources on the RESOURCES  page
2) Essential Color resources – Kuler, Color overview
3) Digital Media or New MediaNY Public Library Images Science
4) How to create a WordPress blog to upload documents and use for presentations – Guidelines
5) How do I grade and evaluate see syllabus and presentation Guidelines
6) Students must create an ABOUT, a brief biographical page. What are your academic and professional aspirations.
6) Student Motion Graphic examples from PSD: #1, #2, #3

7) STUDENTS MUST BLOG EACH WEEK:  FOUND INSPIRATIONS, RESOURCES, BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE LINK TO THE SOURCE AND AN IMAGE FOR THE VIEWERS TO EXPLORE ALONG WITH YOUR THOUGHTS Your comments may relate to the projects you are working on or the INDUSTRY you are interested in  – or  sustainable development .

CLICK TO VIEW LARGER IMAGES – When you know your tools the results are always more rewarding. Learning software is like practicing a musical instrument. It takes time and desire to reach your creative goals.

Explore past studentworks

HYPER-REALISM  – Week #1-4Click to view video

#1 – 2 Explore Digital Imagery techniques
design objective: retouching techniques used in HYPER-REALISM
_discuss the many digital artists who incorporate photo-retouching techniques into their hyper-realism illustration
_discuss the importance of archiving creative notes and documents for an online journal entries
_how to apply basic work disciplines to the creative process (sketches, resources, and time management)
tools covered: understanding fundamental digital formats for graphics, photography, print, video and web, basic scanning and editing tools, _discuss how to create and upload documents to students WordPress site and the benefits
of an e-portfolio for learning and archiving the creative process.

tutorials: You will find online video tutorials:  some amazing video tutorials using photoshop | image size/resolution | photo retouching
resources: Explore the following examples:
“As a recognized subset of photorealism, hyperrealism takes into account a process of simulation that emphasizes digital degradation, defects and deficiencies of pictorial elements in modern photography and digital imagery. Therefore, content of subject matter is a separate medium through which viewers can connect to reality through the falsity and simulation of the image, which ironically is convincing. While I rely upon digital photographs as aesthetic references, I create simulations of reality rather than representations (Photorealism) of simulations (photos) which themselves are already representations of reality.

In other words, Photorealism depicts an illusion of photography while Hyperrealism depicts an illusion of reality. 

Subtle distinctions, yet significant.” Denis Peterson




If the links are broken on the following artists –  Google their names and you will find many resources about them, be sure to view Images on your Google to see their work quickly.

JR  – Roberto Bernardi –  Chuck CloseGilles Esnault Franz Gertsch Duane HansonGottfried HelnweinSimon HennesseyIan HornakJorge IzquierdoMark JenkinsGuy JohnsonSebastian KrugerLatif MaulanGareth McCorryRichard McLeanRalph Goings – Rob MillikenBert MonroyRon Mueck Juan NietoJerry OttDenis PetersonPatricia PiccininiIstvan SandorfiJean BaudrillardClaes OldenbergCindy ShermanSpray Paint Artist – MC Escher
Meret Oppenheim

For pictures there are other sources than just Google. Try to use
public domain images to explore

wkly assignments: #1-4

Week #1-2 –   complete the profile and construction of your personal WP site.

Week #2 begin to take photos or find photos of  subject matter for the hyper-realism assignment bring in 3-5 suggested themes – photos, links etc for approval from the class
Week #3 start sketching ideas for composition of hyper-realism assignment

Week #4 upload ALL documents to the WP site, explore the resource links given and bring to class your own links to inspire other classmates.
Other composition techniques and approaches

Student Works Creating Hyper-realism, Cubism and Collage  – Guess which one is what.

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wkly assignments: #3-4

Explore sequences, movement, composition, subject matter and what is your
 design objective: distortion of reality, how engaging will your composition be, use sequential imagery. Be sure to scan in your 3-5 drawings/sketches for composition.
Week #3 – continue with editing and blending tools, _ usage of color swatches and gradients if necessary.

On Week #4 Presentation of hyper-realism assignment – discuss sources of inspiration, present photos resources used (original only) or discarded, mockup sketches, iterations, journalistic commentaries that highlight your creative expression
tools covered: photo-retouching, color and magic tools

Resources: Artwork of Ron Mueck, explore VISUAL SEMIOTICS, ways of seeing , Marketing Hyper-realism1 ex)
wkly assignment: Complete HYPER-REALISM assignment with final edits that include peer suggestions and critique

When Hyper merges with Cubism



French street artist JR has a grand vision. The self-styled “photograffeur” flyposts giant photographic images in public locations around the world, from a slum in Rio to the West Bank barrier

#5-6 Explore the importance of Cubism as a creative inspiration
design objective: introduce Cubism’s multiple points of view and flatten spacial techniques – choosing a subject matter to apply the Cubism assignment
(portrait, landscape and still life) 3-5 concepts with 3-5 photos for each concept
tools covered: path and selection tools, layer modes


PICASSO cubism (1912-14) at the MOMA
“Cézanne is known today to many as not only the “most important post-impressionist” but as the artist that “put an end to the four centuries reign of imitativeness painting” . . . He did, however, use a complete geometricization of forms changing basic nature scenes into pragmatic structure of lines and shapes . . .  as well as his progression towards the basis of Cubism, by explaining that “just as space is the universal medium in which objects are disposed and become intelligible to men, so cylinders, spheres, cones, and cubes are basic shapes by means of which the diversity of matter can be reduced to simple terms and therefore united,” (Badt, 158). . . . . The use of the geometric shapes carried strongly into his later watercolors, especially his forest scenes, where the connections to Cubism are most vivid.”
Princeton blog

To make a synthetic picture with computer graphics, we usually imagine a camera of some sort, taking a picture of a scene. Such cameras range from the simplest pinhole camera to a sophisticated simulation of optics and shutters. We explore some interesting, alternative imaging models – such as digital cubism. We harness the possibilities for communicating ideas and story points in new and expressive ways.
Andrew Glassner

Week – #5: begin to photograph subject matter for Cubism assignment – sketch composition inspired from photos for the CUBISM assignment – PORTRAIT or LANDSCAPE subject matter examples: Surf the web for other examples using the tag words such as ” cubism, cezanne, picasso, braque, gris, mondrian for landscapes and portraits”

Picasso at the MOMA







#7-8 Week #8 Midterm

Presentation – see above link for checklist
Continue to discuss Cubism styles (Cezanne to Hockney)
Week #7 _Review cubists manipulation of color, space, light and dynamics of composition
Week #8 _MIDTERM assessment _ Students present from the WordPress site their journalistic commentaries about CUBISM 1)  Final HYPER-REALISM assignment  2) Cubism composition, sketches, resources, links, etc –
tools covered: transform and distort tools
tutorials:Peruse American Modernism – images
resources: “
Far from being an art movement confined to the annals of art history, Cubism and its legacy continue to inform the work of many contemporary artists. Not only is cubist imagery regularly used commercially but significant numbers of contemporary artists continue to draw upon it both stylistically and perhaps more importantly, theoretically. The latter contains the clue as to the reason for cubism’s enduring fascination for artists. As an essentially representational school of painting, having to come to grips with the rising importance of photography as an increasingly viable method of image making, cubism attempts to take representational imagery beyond the mechanically photographic and to move beyond the bounds of traditional single point perspective perceived, as though, by a totally immobile viewer. The questions and theories which arose during the initial appearance of cubism in the early 20th century are, for many representational artists, as current today as when first proposed.”
Week #8: Complete CUBISM assignment with final edits that include peer suggestions and critique.

video cubism | juan gris + techniques using sequences: muybridge, duchamp

#9-10 Explore COLOR/COLLAGE compositions of Kurt Schwitters and other contemporaries

Robert Motherwell Collages

MW C0824

MW C0824

design objectives: COLOR/COLLAGE techniques borrow similarities from Cubism
tools covered: using color palette, fixed marquee, brush tools, masks and channels
tutorials: a great psd tutorial on masks and other effective tools to help you to better understand photoshop
resources: collage artworks to discuss and view examples below
examples: color of theory, 2, 3  josef albers,
Kurt Schwitters – website
“I am a painter and I nail my pictures together,” Kurt Schwitters said to fellow artist Tristan Tzara in 1919. At a time when German art was a heady mix of Expressionism’s yellow cows, Cubist collage’s angular abstraction and Futurism’s dynamic diagonals, Schwitters, a 32-year-old former art student working in a factory in Hannover, had started to make iconoclastic pictures out of discarded materials. A friend remembers him collecting “every tram-ticket, every envelope, cheese wrapper or cigar-band, together with old shoe-soles or shoe-laces, wire, feathers, dishcloths.”

#Week 11-12
Review of tools and resources – Masks and Channel techniques continued – SPECIAL LIBRARY presenation in regards to online resources -public domain resources of images/video/audio
Design objectives: Summary of Color/Collage and Cubism found in other works of art and discussion about final project
Week #11 Complete COLOR and COLLAGE composition from mockups -From John Elderfield who wrote about
Kurt Schwitters
“The opposite solution was new. Instead of energizing the surfaces of his materials, he could relax the recently established compositional geometry, and allow materials a greater independence than they had even in the early collages – in which case, the materials could remain clear and geometric; indeed, they would need to be. Their clarity and geometry would compensate for what had been surrendered on these counts in the newly relaxed compositions. As with the mature pioneering collages, the materials would create the structure. Just as, in those collages, Schwitters had to free himself from dependence on a priori, Futuro-Expressionist and Cubist-influenced structures, so in the early 1920s he had to free himself from a priori Constructivist, and especially De Stijl, structures. When he wrote of having “condensed” his effects in 1924, and made then his “first attempts at a greater rigor, simplification and more universal expression,” it was not to the influence of Constructivism, but to his beginning to achieve a new, personal order out of Constructivism, that he referred.
Week #12 Students present from the WordPress site their
journalistic commentaries about COLOR/COLLAGE techniques 1)  Final CUBISM assignment  2) COLOR and COLLAGE composition, sketches, resources, links, etc –
tools covered: masks and channels extracting complex detail such as trees, wind blown hair or other intricate detailsresources: Karkhana Collection, Aicon, joseph cornell
wkly assignment: Complete COLOR/COLLAGE assignment with final edits that include peer suggestions and critique, 2) begin to develop or think about FINAL ARTWORK guidelines.Examples: Joseph Cornell Website

#13-14 Students decide upon Case Study focus drawn from hyper-realism, cubism or collage for final presentation stating their
design objectives. Include your major or  interests 1) check the required guidelines  2) how are style techniques rendered  3) photos with copyright permission from others or classmates may be used.
tools covered: Review of tools requested by students

resources: more inspiration for collage works –
Romare Bearden – website and video
collage example

wkly assignment: students may edit previous artworks for iterations or newly create a final project that reflects the students interests. examples:


Stuart SempleScreen Shot 2015-06-24 at 4.33.54 PM
Fred Tomaselli – Notable Collagist
Screen shot 2014-06-24 at 2.51.52 PM


 As part and parcel of this newfound concern for thematic content, Basquiat implemented two new devices, both of which would become mainstays of his pictorial vocabulary. In addition to exploring the integration of image and text, Basquiat discovered more complex and elaborate means of “layering” the distinct planes of illusionistic space created by form, color, line, and atmospheric effects into a unified composition. These strategies became especially pronounced through the artist’s practice of collaging both original and photocopied drawings directly onto the canvas. While there are no collaged drawings in Per Capita, this work signaled to the artist the possibility of introducing new source material in his quest for the unification of text and image. The subsequent introduction of a collaged ground not only facilitated the union of image and text but enabled a more seamless integration of an “exterior” world into the fictive pictorial realm.

Other collage artists design for commercial industries.
Derek Gores – website

#15 Final presentation – Case Study – 850 word count –  You can use images from your assignments, such as works in progress or other artists who have created cubism, hyper-realism or collages.

Explain the creative expression, process and methodology used for all 3 assignments  to represent your own ideas or that of  sustainable development (Hyper-realism, Cubism, Color and Collage). Discuss the aesthetic differences and similarities between all three themes and purpose (hyper, cubism, collage). Paper should site resources using links  2) students will present using their WP site to demonstrate evolution of the final assignments,  Focus will primarily be on the new FINAL artworks. 3) Hardcopy of all three pieces (13×19) must be handed in along with a CD and all documents uploaded to your WP blog.

Composition-intro – Tutorial

Scanning Techniques – Resource Page

Photo-retouching Assignment
Download examples to work on:




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