Digital Art


MSA Visual Arts original art workDigital Art 1, 2, 3 AP

These are project based courses which will prepare students to create fine art work using the computer and a variety of software as tools to manipulate images. Students will learn to use the computer, scanners, and printers to create unique imagery.

Course Goals

The curriculum is based on the California State Standards for Visual Art. For access to the full text of the standards, go to www.nusd.org/CurriculumInstruction/currmain.html. These are elective courses in digital art which meets the requirements for entrance into state colleges and universities.

The first semester is spent learning the technical aspects of photography and digital manipulation programs (Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator) and basic design principles. The second semester focuses on creative exploration and manipulation of images and graphic design projects. For Digital Art II, III,  the technical aspects are briefly reviewed the first semester. More challenging use of Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter and InDesign and greater control over composition is expected from the advanced students. Digital Art IV is an AP Studio 2D Course and is spent developing a portfolio for submission to the College Board in May.

For each new project instructor Dana Tamura will show samples of work and demonstrate new techniques. Demonstration days are often at the beginning of the week and projects are assigned weekly, so attention to attendance is a necessity.

Course Objectives:

Digital Artwork by MSA students illustrate advanced techniques.

Digital Artwork by MSA students illustrate advanced techniques.

During these course, students will:

  1. Advance their visual literacy and visual communication skills and refine their ability to transform their thoughts into meaningful images using the vocabulary of the visual arts .
  2. Become increasingly skilled with progressively more advanced digital tools and technologies.
  3. Advance critical thinking skills, time management and organizational skills, and design problem-solving through the successful completion of self-paced art projects, engaging in independent research, and actively participating in small, collaborative group projects.
  4. Increase their ability to analyze, interpret, formulate and express opinions and judgements about works of art, including their own, and will exhibit their work and develop portfolios of their accumulated work.
  5. Display, exhibit and publish their work, through the Marin School of the Arts, at local and regional shows, galleries and exhibitions and in on-line collections.

MSA Visual ArtsExtra Curricular Opportunities

  • Partnerships and internships will be arranged for advanced students.
  • Community and business outreach opportunities will be developed.
  • Area “guest artists” will be invited to participate.
  • There will be preparation and guidance for students to continue post-secondary education or to enter the workplace.
  • Exhibit, display, and art show participation will be strongly encouraged.