Middle School Digital Art and Design 1b: Light, Sound, Magic

Course Overview

Units at a glance

Have you ever stopped to count how many times you see animation in a day? Animation isn’t only in movies and cartoons. It’s in video games, interactive websites, smartphone interfaces, and so much more. If you stop and think about it, you’ll likely be surprised by how much animation is in your day. Although animation started off simply, it has become a big part of popular culture. But don’t blink! The animation industry is changing faster than the speed of motion in an animated short. However, with the right skills and mindset, you could become an innovator in this evolving art field!

Whether it’s in the background of a commercial, a dog barking on a television program, the squealing sound of tires during a movie, or a song streamed from your phone, we experience music—and the work of digital artists—every day. How often have you turned on your television or clicked open a music app just to have something playing in the background while you read, study, or do chores? Music is definitely part of our everyday lives, having evolved over time due to technology and our changing tastes. Like other forms of art, music tells us a lot about what is currently happening in society. When it comes to the digital arts, sound is another important piece of the puzzle.

What makes a piece of art famous? What do critics think about when they are deciding if something is good or not? You’ll explore these questions and more as you learn how to think like an art critic. Artists have their own process when they are creating art, and they spend a lot of time expressing their ideas. Next, it’s the critic’s turn to decide how well the artist has done their job. Fortunately, critics have a set of standards that they use when viewing art, and you can use them too. After all, part of appreciating art is knowing what to look for when you are standing in front of it. This can also help you make your own art the best that it can be!

Think about your favorite piece of art. What colors did the artist use? Are they bright and bold to catch your attention? Or are they pale and soothing? A mixture of both? The artist probably thought a lot about color since it is one of the most important tools that artists have. Artists can also mix different types of art or materials to make a new work. Maybe they add 3D elements to a painting. Or perhaps they project a film onto a wall behind a sculpture as part of an exhibit. There is no end to the ways in which elements of art can be combined for innovative work! If you have a talent for this, include it in your portfolio. This sample of your work will be an important part of pursuing your career in the digital arts!

Course Highlights

Apply various digital elements to make your art pop!
Learn about the evolution of sound effects and music.
Learn to evaluate and critique your own art and others.
Create your own art and explore your creativity!

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