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Explore your creativity in new mediums this winter

December 11th, 2013 by Peter Hoelter

Explore your creativity in new mediums this winter! Work with dedicated professional designers, illustrators and photographers in small classes in our Mac lab and other facilities. For more information about these or other classes in graphic design or interactive media, contact Christine Linder at christine.linder@chemeketa.edu or 503.399.6473.

Check the schedule timetable for additional information needed for online registration. All courses listed meet for the full ten-week term.

Photo Illustration

ART 237 | 4 credits | Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-5:20pm

Explore the fine art of Photoshop with advanced techniques including combining images in layers to produce photo illustrations. You will work with your own photographs and graphics as you develop techniques to get beyond the basics and produce truly original work. Previous experience in Photoshop required. Instructor: Bret Malley

Portrait Photography

ART 267 | 4 credits | Thursdays 6:00–9:50pm

Explore a variety of techniques and approaches to portraiture. Includes formal, informal, environmental, and group portraits using studio and location lighting and available light. Incorporates digital printing and professional practices. Instructor: Kelly James

Narrative Filmmaking

FLM 266 | 3 credits | Tuesdays 6–9:50pm

This course continues from FLM265 with a focus on narrative styles with an emphasis on storyboarding and preparation, directing actors and effective editing techniques. Instructor: Christian Bergmans

Introduction to Digital Illustration

ART 239 | 3 credits | Wednesdays 6-9:50pm

Work with nationally known and trend-setting illustrative-designer Von Glitschka to learn the basics of digital illustration. Draw and scan original sketches, develop concepts and imagery, and explore digital techniques in a variety of exciting real-world projects. Illustrator software experience required. Instructor: Von Glitschka

Digital Photography

ART 261D | 3 credits | Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-2:20pm

Learn to get more from your digital camera and inkjet printer. This class will cover camera controls, exposure methods, basic color correction and composition. Previous computer experience is required.  Instructor: Laura Lawn

General Photography

ART 261 | 4 credits

Learn the art of traditional black and white photography from both an aesthetic and technical point of view. Includes learning fundamental camera handling, using basic camera controls, exploring photographic techniques, learning proper darkroom procedure, developing film, making prints, learning finishing techniques and reviewing the history of photography through the eyes of contemporary photographers. Fully adjustable 35mm single lens reflex film camera required.

Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30-11:20 am, with instructor Marty Giovaninni
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00-8:50 pm, with instructor Tom Carey

Illustrator 1

VC 139 | 2 credits | Tuesdays 6–8:50pm

Explore the possibilities of vector software, the language of animation, digital illustration and logo design with Nike designer Carson Brown. This class will prepare you for advanced work in digital art and integrated media. Advanced class will be offered in spring. Instructor: Carson Brown

Photoshop 1

VC 130 | 2 credits | Mondays 6-8:50pm or Online

This is an entry-level class for students with no previous experience in Photoshop. It introduces the concepts and techniques of scanning, digital imaging and image manipulation. An advanced class will be offered spring term. For the online section PC or Mac is acceptable and Photoshop CS5 to CS6 is required on your home computer.  Instructor: Julian Harkema

Cascading Style Sheets

VC 147 | 2 credits | Online

Introduces the syntax and use of Cascading Style Sheets, the presentation language for formatting Web pages. Prerequisite: Previous computer experience or consent of instructor. Instructor: Heidi Shamberger

Flash 2

VC 136 | 2 credits | Online

Continues work in Flash software, including in-depth and exciting work with ActionScript 3.0. Prerequisite VC135 or consent of instructor. Instructor: Heidi Shamberger