TCH028: Digital Arts I (Elective)

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

For a complete list of the materials to be used in this course by your enrolled student, please visit MyInfo. All lists are subject to change at any time.

Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

In this exploratory course, students learn the elements and principles of design, as well as foundational concepts of visual communication. While surveying a variety of media and art, students use image editing, animation, and digital drawing to put into practice the art principles they've learned. They explore career opportunities in the design, production, display and presentation of digital artwork. They respond to the artwork of others, and learn how to combine artistic elements to create finished pieces that effectively communicate their ideas.

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Course Length

One Semester

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Course Outline

Students learn the computer requirements and other basic information for the course. They set up files and folders, install the course software, and learn to use zip utilities. They also learn to identify sources of trustworthy information, the definition of plagiarism, and how to properly cite information.

  • Start the Course
  • Set Up Your Computer
  • Set Up a Browser and Install Software
  • Find and Complete Coursework

Section 1: Introduction to Digital Art

Students learn the definitions and elements of fine art, visual art, digital art, performance art, and subjectivity; and the criteria people use to identify and judge art. They learn about common digital art tools, the differences between raster and vector graphics, and the basics of the Inkscape workspace.

  • Visual Art
  • Digital Art
  • Inkscape Basics
  • More Inkscape Basics

Section 2: Lines

Students learn common types of lines used in art, common line qualities, and different styles of calligraphy. They draw and edit lines and learn about paths, nodes, segments, and bezier curves. They learn to draw lines and change the stroke style and thickness. Then they draw a wine glass and decanter using the Bezier Tool, edit the lines with the Node tool, and resize objects with the Select tool.

  • Lines in Art
  • Draw and Edit Lines
  • Make Bezier Curves
  • Style Lines
  • Start the Art Project

Section 3: Shape and Form

Students learn about dimension, height, width, two-dimensional objects, and shape. They draw squares, rectangles, circles, ovals, polygons, and stars. They add, hide, and lock layers. They learn about three-dimensional objects and depth. Then they draw ellipses in their glass and decanter and edit them to look like liquid. Then they draw and edit a bowl.

  • Shape
  • Draw Shapes
  • Form
  • Add Shape and Form

Section 4: Color

Student learn about color, the visual spectrum, and the color spectrum; the differences between additive and subtractive color mixing; how the color wheel represents relationships between colors; and the main properties of color, including hue, value, and intensity. They learn about optical effects, emotional effects, simultaneous contrast, optical color mixture, and pointillism. They learn about types of color schemes and ways that artists use color. Then they use Inkscape's Swatches and Palette tools, draw and color lines with the Calligraphy tool, and color lines using RGB, HSL, CMYK, and the Wheel in Inkscape. They learn to use Alpha, Blur, and Opacity; then they add color, gradients, and grapes to their still life.

  • Color and Light
  • Color in Art
  • Paint with Color
  • Add Color to Your Still Life
  • Add Grapes to Your Still Life

Section 5: Value

Students learn about value, lightness, darkness, contrast, gradation, and neutral colors. They identify common color models; create a gray scale, a red scale, a green scale, and a blue scale; and start adding value to their still life. They learn about hard and soft highlights, add contrast gradients, and add raw and color shadows for the objects.

  • Value in Art
  • Create Value
  • Start Adding Value to the Still Life
  • Finish Adding Value to the Still Life

Section 6: Space

Students learn about space, plane, and picture plane; foreground, background, middle ground, positive shape, figure, negative shape, and ground; and types of perspective. They draw a road using one-point perspective lines and draw boxes using two-point perspective. They add a table to their still life; align and color the front of the table; draw guide lines; draw the table top in one-point perspective; draw a book in two-point perspective; edit the shape of the book; add outlines, color, curves, gradients, and a shadow; and group and rearrange objects. Points

  • Visual Cues
  • Space in Art
  • Create Space
  • Add a Table to the Still Life
  • Add a Book to the Still Life

Section 7: Texture

Students learn about texture and visual feel, filter types, and how to add filters to shapes. They add texture to their still life, draw a tablecloth, add color and a shadow to the tablecloth, and add filters to the still life project.

  • Texture in Art
  • Add Texture to Your Still Life
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Lesson Scheduling

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling