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day 1 - course information sheet, a little get to know you profile

Some computer navigation terms: Please look up and define the information  required on the Computer Terms handout. Save your answers into a word document or google doc and print it out to hand in and submit today.

Please take a look @ some of the examples of portfolio's from semester one's Media Art class below:

*this will give you and idea about what sort of things we will be working on in this class

Mon, Feb 2nd

- take a look at computer navigation terms - define

- Elements and Principles of Design - important to consider for all future designs

- complete the E's and P's worksheet to start

- Elements and Principles Assignment

Tues - start the project

Wed -Fri  PHOTO GRID project continue looking for and saving images for your Elements and Principles Photo Grids

- if you finish early you can do the computer navigation term worksheet- you can do this in a word document and save in your MEDIA ART file - OR you may write out your answers to hand the sheet in

Mon, Feb 9th -13th


Photography - The Power of Photography

Photographic Theory - How Photography works - PREZI  and handout

assignment: Photography: Types and Influences - Group Research presentation

Thurs, Feb 12th & Fri, Feb 13th

PINHOLE CAMERAS - construction begins -  instructions        Marking scheme: Rubric 

Tues, Feb 17th

Begin by finishing up your Photography: Types and Influences presentation with your partner/group (or independently) - you will show me your presentations this Friday.

- Next, please read the following information about Photography Exposure to prepare for taking pictures this week. EXPOSURE NOTE

- After you are done reading please watch the following videos about F-stops    &   1) F-stops,

2) Shutter Speed                  &    3)  ISO

Wed, Feb 18 - first group in Dark Room

- calculate your F-stop - review important procedures in Dark Room - take pictures and adjust Exposure time as needed based on first result

- In class begin Camera Basics Worksheet (part of pinhole camera project)

Thurs, Feb 19 - second group in Dark Room

- computer lab group - when complete Camera Basics Worksheet the next part of in lab work is called: Photographic Classifications  - start to work on this. An example of some of the types of images you will be looking for are HERE

Friday - group 3 in Dark Room - others working on Camera Basics and Photographic Classification worksheets

Monday, Feb 23rd - Finish up Camera Basics worksheet - and then work on Photographic Classification assignment  (both assignments linked above - wed and thurs posts)

Tuesday, Feb 24th- 

Complete the two worksheets first!

quick selections tool video: here       and some other selection tools

assignment sheet: VEGFRUITHEAD - in photoshop

Wed, Feb 25

- how to use Selection tools in Photoshop lesson - setting up the file to create your Vegfruithead

- Teacher conferences with students for Photographic Theory Presentations

Thurs & Friday

- Contact Prints - each group will have a chance in the dark room to make the positive image from the negative they took with their pinhole cameras

- time to work on VEGFRUITHEADS

Monday, March 2nd

- final chance to take a photograph with PINHOLE camera (for those who haven't)

- second group works in dark room to get their positive image Contact Prints

- In lab - work on VEGFRUITHEADS

Tues, Wed - Crop your good copy (positive contact print) and paste it onto a black background with a 1" border - take photographs of all of your negatives, positives and test strip and save to your "Pinhole Camera Project" folder

- work on Vegfruithead selection tool creative project in Photoshop

Thurs & Fri- begin a new creative project in photoshop: FOODSCAPE      VIDEO FOR ENHANCE COLOUR

Mon, March 9th - continue working on two digital media tasks - vegfruithead (Finish up)

- Foodscape - remember to gather many images before assembling your creative world in photoshop

 Tues, March 10th - A new tool: Layer Masking in Photoshop Elements 8

* why use a layer mask instead of just erasing parts of an image once placed on another image to reveal the layer below??? well because the only way to undo this is to go into your undo history. A layer mask allows you to make edits, but go back and forth between adding and subtracting areas without actually making any real edits to the photo. This is called "non-destructive editing."

video tutorial 1       video tutorial 2   another example (different version of photoshop but gives you the idea) video tutorial 3

Each video shows a slightly different way of doing the same thing, try whichever makes sense to you. The best way to learn is by trying... ask your neighbours for help if you see that they get it.

Activity: Try to use the layer mask by getting 2 images from the internet. One image with some sort of texture, and one just a picture of a person.  

Wed, Thurs and Fri March 13th

INTRO new project- Take a look at your new project challenge: CULTURE PHOTOMONTAGE

Project Marking scheme (RUBRIC)

- finish work on Foodscape

Mon, March 23rd - Fri. March 27th

- Culture Photomontage - review starting points

- complete the research component first

- begin this assignment (if you haven't already)- some people began prior to march break

Mon. March 30 &Tues. March 31

1) Finish up your Culture Photomontage - tomorrow we will import them into Corel Draw- if you know how already you can do this and add the necessary text (references for your photos, and your name as the artist) CULTURE PHOTOMONTAGE DUE: Tues, March 31

2) Take a look at (and READ THROUGH) these important things to consider Portrait Photograph Considerations 

3) You can read through the Culminating task for our Still Image Unit which I will further explain tomorrow: SELF PORTRAIT PROJECT

*create a "portrait project folder" to save all files related to this project into

*you may also want to take pictures at home tonight tomorrow or wednesday night and save them into your google drive as JPEGS

Portrait Project - begin by doing your questionnaire (in the portrait project handout), find 5-6 inspirational images online that show ways you are considering to take your own photographs (considering interesting lighting, unique compositions- space around you the figure or face, interesting props)  - save the links and images into a word document called "portrait project brainstorming" What is your theme? all 3 pictures are related to you in some way, perhaps your favourite thing to do is eat food, so you might have 3 images of yourself eating but they have to be somehow different (lighting, compositions, camera angles) 

examples: your theme could be things you like, dislike, heroes, your favourite personality trait, etc.

- brainstorm your ideas in a word document explaining what plans you have for ways you want to shoot each of your 3 ideas -when done show to me and you can get a camera/ iPad to start photographing each other (tomorrow)

- you will need your images by Wednesday so you are ready to edit thursday and Tuesday of next week

- we will be taking photos tomorrow and Wednesday, when you have all of the photos you need you can return to the lab  and import them, and save them as JPEGs and work on playing around with editing some of the photos you have taken.


Wed. April 1 & 2nd

- finish brainstorming for Portrait Photography Project - start taking photos (you need 10-15 - use a variety of angles, lighting situations and various compositions)

Tues, April 7 & 8th

Last chance to take photos at school

- begin editing your Self Portrait images

- you need to have 3 separate photoshop files (each of the 3 self portraits need to be connected through a common theme) * bigger than 6x8"

- use the tools you have learned in photoshop (colour enhance, transform, selection tools (free form and geometric, layer masking) to enhance these images as well as artistic considerations such as emphasis, unity, balance, proportion and contrast

Thurs, April 9th


Creating a Narrative

Oscar-nominated animation:

PART 1-independently create a narrative

         step one- find a picture of your character do the character profile (create new) - in a word doc - new folder "NARRATIVE" 

step two - save and then write a short narrative (a couple paragraphs)

step three - Use Bitstrips program as a way to storyboard (layout the visual plan) attached to the text that tells the story - including speech bubbles, small sentences that explain what is happening in each scene. Your comic should be at least 6 frames.

Your classroom is now ready for your students to log in:

 GO TO: and enter the class code 174room to begin.

Rubric for Bitstrips Narrative

Mon, April 13 - continue working on first completing your character profile and then writing your short narrative - use this to create a storyboard using the BITSTRIPS program online

Tues, April 14th -


What is a GIF?

The Graphics Interchange Format (better known by its acronym GIF /ˈdʒɪf/ or /ˈɡɪf/) is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability. IT supports both animated and static images.  - wikipedia

some examples:

student examples on websites listed at the top of this page.


Storyboard template

Monday, April 20th

The animated GIF PROJECT


Jim Mezei GIFs

Kellen Hatanaka GIF  and another

how to create an animated gif using Photoshop elements


USING PHOTOS   and another

Drawing GIFs   one example    William Kentridge example2      a longer video example of a drawing in photoshop

Creating and Animating a Character in Photoshop OR Animating text in photoshop

my example:   green stick man

some other options you could try to use to make a gif:

Mon, April 27th - finish up your GIF's - try a new one if you have already successfully completed one (more for your portfolio to showcase your skills)

******your animated GIF's - should be finished or close to, tomorrow we can finish up those who just need to be saved for web (or you can do that today - follow the instructions on the handout - or ask a classmate as several people have done theirs).   If you are importing images you need to shrink them and put them into a file where you create the file size - as indicated on your handout should be 4x4" with a resolution of 72dpi.

Tues, April 28th  Intro Project-  Make a 30 sec short film:

take a look at this example:  30 second film example   (shows use of a variety of camera angles)

a student example

You will create a 30 second film. First step is to read about the various camera angles/ movements filmmakers use when creating movies. Please read the following handout on CAMERA ANGLES.

The assignment sheet for this project is here: 30 Second Short Film

The first step in creating this film is to make a storyboard - while you may choose to work with a partner you each must first come up with at storyboard for a potential scenario you could film. In this storyboard you must indicate what type of camera angles you will plan to use. PRINT OFF this STORYBOARD TEMPLATE

FILMING SCHEDULE - plan to film your footage at home or at school by the start of class this Thurs- Friday so you can put your film together starting Friday and finish by the end of class next week Monday. You could begin filming today if you finish a storyboard and show it to the teacher.

WEd - storyboarding, shooting video footage

Thurs - how to import video

FRIDAY-  Everyone should complete the following research about Creative Commons Licensing - today in class - print out your answers and hand into the teacher.  

*If you finish early you can work on making another GIF, Reid, Joel - first out with the camera (go at start of class- then do the Creative Commons questions), then give it to Tamara, then Shayne and Braeden. approx 20 mins each with the camera, we will take video footage off on Monday.  Have a nice weekend!

Monday, May 4 - finish editing video footage in Premiere for 30 Sec Video Project

Tues, May 5 - Taking a further look at Stop Motion Animation in the form of CLAYMATION

Storyboard template

Moving Image Culminating Task: Claymation 


Claymation is one of many forms of stop motion animation. Each animated piece, either character or background, is created out of a malleable substance, usually Plasticine. The clay characters are animated through photographing single frames of action and sequencing them together.

*we just finished making mini stop motion animations with the GIF's you created. (single frames that are put together in sequence to create the illusion of motion).  

 Some examples of STOP MOTION animation with great sounds, and clever camera angles:

Kiersten Lepore’s “Sweet Dreams”:

Kiersten Lepore;s “Bottle”:

Examples of Claymation - interesting clay manipulation for facial features and clay(plasticine) blending

Allison Schulnik’s “Hobo Clown”:

Allison Schulnick’s “Mound”:

 Classroom Critters;

Mario Brothers claymation:

May 5 - 8 - Narration - tell a story considering the components of Narrative. Everyone needs to come up with their own story. Then work with a partner and choose the best story or combine elements of each to use to then create a storyboard together to lay out the plan of your claymation. Begin designing your set.

May 11-15 - Build Sets and use plasticine to create your characters.

May 18-22 Once completed begin photographing each of the scenes laid out in your storyboard plan. Remember the goal is take 600 or more pictures consider the frame rate average is typically around 12 frames/ second.

Finish off your claymations by uploading them to youtube and then importing that file into Adobe Premiere where you can add sound files to enhance your short film.


May 28th- finish up stop motion pictures - minimum 600 frames at 10-12fps

links to your youtube URL's

HOW TO CONVERT A FILE: copy and paste your url into a youtube- MP4 converter

one link you could use:

Desmond, Reid, Christian -

Matt and Joel -

Chris and Erik -  video 1:

video 2:

A-ARON, Justin and Tyler -

Deanne, Madison & Ashley:


Shayne and Braeden:

Michael, Andrew & Tamara:

Julia and Robin:

May 29th - use the link beside your name above and convert your youtube URL into an MP4 (follow instructions above) * if you need help several students have done this so ask someone.

- use the sound recorder on the computer and a headset to add narration by creating an audio file - saving it, and then importing it into Adobe Premiere along with the video (Mp4) you also import into Premiere.

- also in premiere add text and transitions where you feel appropriate - slow down/ speed up parts of the animation where it works, and finally add credits to the end (story written by, set design, character design, sound effects, narration, music etc.)

****SAVE YOUR WORK TO YOUR "STOP MOTION FOLDER" in your drive space.

(you should have an adobe premiere file and also once you are finished adding sound (narration, music, sound effects you download online) you can render your video like we did with the 30 sec videos- saving it as an AVI file type) - to render a file go to SHARE tab in premiere


BONUS* if you complete all of the above and are satisfied with your fully edited animation you can work on making a poster for your movie using photoshop and corel draw.

June 1- Editing in Premiere- Finish up work on your stop motion animations (adding audio- narration and or music) Also add a title at the start and credits at the end of your short film (give credit to artist/ musicians as required)

- Begin  creating a WIX website. Choose a topic of interest and do some research and find images and videos you can organize into a clever layout on your newly created website.

WIX:   -WIX website set-up tips

 June 2 - Begin Culminating tasks

Website Portfolio design & one more Media Art piece

my WIX website example:


Robin's site  Madison's site   Ashley's site    Tyler's site     Aaron's site   Chris's site

Andrew's site      Erik's site        Deanne's site    Justin's site   Julia's site    Michael's site