Course Description:

This course is designed as an introduction to design and imaging through the use of digital photography and imaging software. Students will create various art projects while learning and applying the elements and principles of art and design. Students will engage in problem solving projects to create original art utilizing the computer to paint, draw, design and manipulate. Students will work at computer workstations combining digital photographs and traditional art mediums with the application of flatbed scanners and colored ink jet printers. Various career opportunities in digital art will be introduced. Ownership of a digital camera is recommended but not required. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the community through art shows and our digital art gallery. Self-motivation and self-direction in class work will be stressed.



Course Competencies

Performance Indicators


 C1. A student will understand that the creation of art is built upon engaging in self or group expression.



C1.1- I can apply visual art concepts and functions to solve visual art problems by using analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

C1.2- I can visually communicate an understanding of how human knowledge is recorded in symbol systems and demonstrate an awareness of context.


C2. A student will develop the ability to communicate in the language of art forms through the intentional use of materials, tools and techniques.




C2.1- I can use media, techniques, tools and processes with skill, craftsmanship and personalization to communicate meaning. I can become specialized in this process by specifically utilizing various digital imaging tools, software and other advancements in technology.

C2.2- I can demonstrate personal responsibility and safety in the planning and process of creating works of art

C2.3-I can document personal progress by maintaining a portfolio of my artwork, identifying work’s strengths and weaknesses.



C3.A student will demonstrate the ability to analyze, interpret and evaluate art.



C 3.1- I can participate in self evaluations and peer discussions, talking and writing about what I think or feel about my own artwork and the artwork of others. 

C3.2- I can identify where my work can be improved and suggest possible solutions.

C3.3- I can analyze and comment on how ideas and meanings are shown in my own and other’s work.



C4. A student will make connections between the visual arts and the other disciplines.



C4.1- I can analyze and utilize concepts and contents of the visual arts and other arts disciplines, the humanities, or the sciences, to expand the meaning of their artwork.





Student Expectations

o   All students are expected to be on time. The second late class will earn you a 20-minute detention.

o   Respect yourself, your classmates and our art materials and facility. This space is used by many and you will need to take the time to clean your space for the next person.  Everything has a home. Please put things back where you found them.

o   There is no food permitted in the classroom. Water is acceptable in a bottle that can be closed. Please keep your cell phones, Ipods and other electronic devices turned off and out of sight.



Policies/practices: Proficiency is determined when a student exhibits consistent performance in each benchmark of the assessment rubric .

Proficiency must be demonstrated by a body of evidence, not a single assignment or activity

There are Four Competencies for Digital Art with Nine Performance Indicators. To pass a Competency, students must average a 2.5 or better on the Performance Indicators Rubric for that Competency.  To receive Credit for the course, students must pass all 4 competencies.

Example: Competency #2 has 3 Performance Indicators (1.1, 1.2, & 1.3). The student must average a 2.5 in each to pass the competency.

Performance Indicator          Grade

              1.1                                3.0

              1.2                                2.0

              1.3                                2.5

                                          Avg: 2.5 The Student passes Competency #1

Students are given the Course Competencies and Performance Indicators, along with how they will be assessed in each Performance Indicator, on the first day of class.

Each Unit Students will be assessed on a variety of Performance Indicators.



Safety Expectations:

The student agrees to obey all safety rules and regulations concerning tools, materials and equipment in the art room. The student agrees not to place themselves or others in danger by their actions or behavior (horseplay, etc.)




1. Looking at and Photographing the Elements of Art

2. Digital Collage Technique through Christina’s World

3. Digital Coloring Techniques

4. Photo scanning and digital restoration

5. Special Effect Portraits

6. Rivers and Walls: Sculptural Environments and Photographs of Andy Goldsworthy

7. Creating a Digital Chimera

8. Beginning Animation

9. My Digital Dream Self Portrait


Please return this signed portion to Mr.Mitchell


Contact Mr. Mitchell with questions at the above phone number or email address.

I have read this information sheet for the art class: Digital Art

In addition, I have reviewed the following information regarding supplemental materials.



“The showing of movies and videos must be limited to a specific educational purpose.  General selection criteria should include quality of the overall work, fair and accurate representation of the facts, the reputation and significance of the writer, director, and/or performer, and critical acclaim of the work itself.”

Digital Art students will occasionally view instructional videos on associated techniques and

Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers & Tides

“For those who are not familiar with Andy Goldsworthy's work, he creates sculptures from nature, using rocks and tree branches and grass and anything else around the location he has chosen. He has decided specifically to create sculptures that will only stand temporarily, as he searches for a better understanding of life, death, and the passage of time. This film does a fantastic job of exploring the creative process and amazing things that can happen when an artist continues to experiment and look for new opportunities. Through this discovery, Goldsworthy passes on to us his philosophy and unique perspective on the world. It is truly a visually beautiful film and worth watching on that merit alone. For those of us who are artists, it is a must-see, both to learn and identify with someone who has a beautiful understanding of the world. (amazon.com)



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