Introduction to Digital Media at Sea

Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: Serio
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 15:55
End: 17:10
Field Work: Day 1 | Spain Download Syllabus

The course will be an introduction to digital imagery, using photography as the source for creative manipulation in Adobe Photoshop. At the beginning of the semester, questions about how to use one’s camera skillfully, how to compose an interesting photograph, how to interpret and to evaluate work will be addressed. Discussion of thematic ideas and course projects will prepare students prior to arrival in ports where they will then shoot not only a visual diary, accompanied by written observations and notes, but also images specific to projects incorporating Photoshop in the classroom. As the semester progresses, students will manipulate their original images in Photoshop using techniques such as retouching, cropping, and color adjustment and then progress to using masks, layers, and text. The semester’s final project will consist of two portfolios: one of the artwork created with Photoshop and the other of the journal of the straight digital images narrated with personal observations.
Special Requirements:
Two lower level or introductory studio courses that could include drawing, painting, printmaking, color and design, or photography. Adobe Photoshop (CS2 or higher installed on your laptop computer which will be needed nearly every class period.) A 4GB flash drive to be dedicated solely to this course: it will be handed in often An 8-12 megapixel digital camera with a manual override and the instruction manual Each student should shoot a number of digital photos that could, as a group, be a visual self-portrait. Images could be from his or her hometown, home university, family, etc. Each student will be required to print color images while in ports or on a personal compact color printer for critique and display on the ship.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1

This field lab is designed to allow students to experience the history of Cadiz and to document the city with their own images and personal responses. We will walk from the ship through historic plazas and photograph along the way to Parque Genoves, a public botanical garden with exotic trees and plants from around the world. A goal at this location will be to experiment with depth-of-field, composition, and detail. From the park we will proceed to the highest point in the old town, Torre Tavira, one of Cadiz's 126 watchtowers. We will ascend the tower which houses a large scale camera obscura and be able to see a fascinating, live-motion 360 degree view of Cadiz. The camera obscura, which when translated means darkened room, was an early optical devise used by numerous photographers and artists alike to understand visual concepts such 1-, 2-. and 3- point perspective and foreshortening of the figure. It evolved into the camera of today. After experiencing the Torre Tavira we will visit the 1780s Oratorio de la Santa Cueva with its Capilla Alta (Upper Chapel) that contains three paintings by Goya, Next we will continue to Cadiz Catedral and the Plaza de la Catedral. Here we will tour the cathedral and photograph in the plaza. As we end our day we will walk back to the ship through the Plaza de San Juan de Dios. We will also have a typical tapas lunch during our day.