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Dust off your digital camera to finally use all the features, learn the functions of Photoshop, or discover how to edit video clips together into a professional-quality movie. You can learn all of this (and more!) in Digital Arts classes at The Arts Center.

Our instructors are experts that will help you master digital art and design that can be used at work and at home. It’s amazing what you can do with a little know-how and some hands-on practice.

 

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014
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Publish a High Quality E-Book

October 28, 2014 to November 18, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Michael Roach

Why an e-book? The truth is – your audience has a voracious appetite for high-quality content. Using a collaborative publishing scenario, participants will exercise and learn skills for writing, designing, and editing their own e-book. These valuable skills are important to make an impact in the digital space and create a high quality e-book that is worth the reading. Michael Roach is a creative consultant and multi-faceted artist. He has over 15 years of professional experience that includes work in new media, design, development, I/T, and publishing.

Saturday, Nov 8, 2014
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Photoshop: A Crash Course

November 8, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ben Karis-Nix

This super condensed “crash course” will introduce students to top photo editing program, Adobe Photoshop CS5. Participants will go over basic editing techniques including basic image management, working with layers, resizing images, cropping, color correcting, and saving for various outputs. Participants will need: 10 personal digital images, flash drive or CD/DVD for saving work, and a notebook. This is also a great refresher for someone with Photoshop experience that wants to become more familiar with the latest version, but students with no prior experience are welcome. Participants must be comfortable with basic computer operations. Mac experience is helpful, but not required.

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014
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Digital Painting with Photoshop CS5

November 12, 2014 to December 17, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Ben Karis-Nix

Ever thought of painting on the computer? In this course for artists and computer buffs alike, we will cover strategies for drawing with Wacom tablets, creating realistic ink and watercolor effects, creating and using textures in photographs and scanned artwork, collaging and compositing photographs with artwork, and more. Learn the basics of Photoshop CS5 while focusing on digital “painting” techniques. You’ll come away with a variety of approaches and a working knowledge of free computer software to download and use on your own. Beginner and intermediate Photoshop users welcome. Participants must be comfortable with basic computer operations. Mac experience is helpful, but not required. No class 11/26.

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
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Introduction to InDesign CS5

November 13, 2014 to December 18, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Benj Gleeksman

In this beginner-friendly 5 week course, students will be introduced to the top creative document publishing program, Adobe InDesign CS5. InDesign is the perfect choice for making any document that needs some creative layout, from posters to newspapers, magazines, pamphlets and more. It offers a variety features to modify your text and images, which can work together in interesting ways to create a unique and professional design. No class 11/27.

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014
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Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

November 15, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

In this this super condensed “crash course” students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras, as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. A digital SLR can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
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Photography 101: Abbreviated Version

November 25, 2014 to December 16, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

This 4 week abbreviated version of this popular course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most digital SLR cameras, shooting techniques, and an introduction to digital viewing and editing on the computer. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. Students can bring their own DSLR camera, or use one at The Arts Center. Please bring a USB flash drive to save your work.

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014
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Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

December 6, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this this super condensed “crash course” students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras, as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. A digital SLR can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014

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SketchUp Make: A Crash Course

December 13, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Ben Karis-Nix

SketchUp Make is a fun, free, and easy-to-use 3D drawing tool with broad appeal. Plan your dream kitchen, design a spaceship, or model vehicles and architecture for comics & animations all using the same intuitive interface. Students will learn how to create 3D models of familiar objects, lay out an interior space at scale, import 3D content, and export their own 3D creations in multiple formats, including: fly-through videos, 2D images, and 3D objects to print, share, or import into other programs.

Saturday, Jan 10, 2015

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Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

January 10, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this this super condensed “crash course” students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras, as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. A digital SLR can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Sunday, Jan 11, 2015
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Photoshop Elements: A Crash Course

January 11, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

This super condensed “crash course” will introduce students to top photo editing program designed for everyday consumers, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. Participants will go over basic editing techniques including basic image management, working with layers, resizing images, cropping, color correcting, and saving for various outputs. Participants will need: 10 personal digital images, flash drive or CD/DVD for saving work, and a notebook. This is also a great refresher for someone with Photoshop Elements experience that wants to become more familiar with the latest version, but students with no prior experience are welcome. Participants must be comfortable with basic computer operations. Mac experience is helpful, but not required.

Monday, Jan 12, 2015
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Photography 101

January 12, 2015 to February 23, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most digital SLR cameras, shooting techniques, and an introduction to digital viewing and editing on the computer. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. Students can bring their own DSLR camera, or use one at The Arts Center. Please bring a USB flash drive to save your work. NO CLASS 1/19

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015
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Portfolio Development

January 24, 2015 to January 25, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

Intro to Portfolio Development is designed for photographers who want to learn how to cull their finished work down into cohesive portfolios and collections. In this weekend workshop we will discuss the importance of creating an identity and style with focus on specific participant goals. Additionally participants will be introduced to some industry established categories and various applications for viewing and sharing their work. We will have one-on-one time to discuss the work with the instructor, get critical feedback, and create one solid portfolio for presentation to the class. Some experience with Photoshop is helpful, but not required.

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

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Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

January 31, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this this super condensed “crash course” students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras, as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. A digital SLR can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015
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Introduction to Photoshop Elements

February 4, 2015 to March 11, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

This beginner-friendly course will introduce students to the editing program Adobe Photoshop Elements 13, designed for the everyday consumer. Participants will become adept at using the various tools and will learn basic editing techniques including basic image management, working with layers, resizing images, cropping, color correcting, and saving for various outputs. Participants will need: 10 personal digital images, flash drive or CD/DVD for saving work, and a notebook. Participants must be comfortable on the computer and basic operations.

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015
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Studio Photography

February 7, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this workshop participants will be exposed to the foundations of Studio Photography. We will discuss how to create light for various studio applications, including tabletop and portrait work. Participants will experiment with various studio equipment including how to use a light meter and studio strobes to achieve well exposed and composed images. Prerequisite: Intro to Photography or a firm knowledge of Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Camera Metering.

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

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Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

February 21, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this this super condensed “crash course” students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras, as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. A digital SLR can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015
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Adobe CC Photoshop & Lightroom: A Crash Course

February 22, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this one day intense workshop, participants will be exposed to to an overview of Lightroom and Photoshop that is found in Adobe’s Creative Cloud. We will address workflow options, syncing between the two programs and basic editing techniques including; basic image management, resizing images, cropping, color correction and saving for various outputs. Students do not need to have had any prior experience with Adobe products. Participants will need: USB Drive with 50 images, a notebook and writing utensil.

Saturday, Mar 7, 2015
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Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

March 7, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this this super condensed “crash course” students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras, as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. A digital SLR can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015

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Introduction to Off Camera Flash

March 14, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this intense workshop, participants will be exposed to the foundation of using Flash Photography. We will discuss how to create and modify light for various applications including event and portrait work. Participants will experiment with various Flash setups including on camera and off camera scenarios and we will work indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). Participants will need to have their own camera and external flash unit for this workshop.
Prerequisite: Intro to Photography or firm knowledge of Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, and Camera Metering
Participants will need: Camera, External Flash (if applicable), Portable, External Hard Drive, CD/ DVD or flash drive,
Note book and writing utensil.

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
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Photography 101

March 18, 2015 to April 22, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most digital SLR cameras, shooting techniques, and an introduction to digital viewing and editing on the computer. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. Students can bring their own DSLR camera, or use one at The Arts Center. Please bring a USB flash drive to save your work.

Saturday, Mar 28, 2015
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Photoshop Elements: A Crash Course

March 28, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

This super condensed “crash course” will introduce students to top photo editing program designed for everyday consumers, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. Participants will go over basic editing techniques including basic image management, working with layers, resizing images, cropping, color correcting, and saving for various outputs. Participants will need: 10 personal digital images, flash drive or CD/DVD for saving work, and a notebook. This is also a great refresher for someone with Photoshop Elements experience that wants to become more familiar with the latest version, but students with no prior experience are welcome. Participants must be comfortable with basic computer operations. Mac experience is helpful, but not required.

Saturday, Apr 11, 2015

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Using Your DSLR Camera: A Crash Course

April 11, 2015 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this this super condensed “crash course” students will be introduced to the basics of using a digital SLR camera. This course will define and clarify the functions that are found on most SLR cameras, as well as some basic photography tips. Students will learn about depth of field, aperture, exposure, light meter, quality settings, shutter speeds, and basic composition. A digital SLR can be provided for you, but if you have your own, please bring it with you.

Monday, May 4, 2015
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Photography 102

May 4, 2015 to June 15, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

Students will expand on the basic photography skills instructed in Photography 101 and become exposed to a variety of “real world” situations to better improve their images. Students will also be introduced to working with models, basic post-production techniques, working with Camera RAW, shooting with both natural and studio lighting, and more! Photography 101 or background in photography (shooting in manual settings) is highly recommended. The Arts Center can provide a DSLR camera for you to work with, but if you have your own camera, please bring it. NO CLASS 5/25

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Introduction to Adobe CC – Lightroom & Photoshop

May 6, 2015 to June 10, 2015 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Katherine Wright

In this class, participants will learn to use the photo editing programs, Lightroom and Photoshop that are found in Adobe’s Creative Cloud. We will address workflow options, syncing between the two programs and basic editing techniques including; basic image management, resizing images, cropping, color correction and saving for various outputs. Students do not need to have had any prior experience with Adobe products. Students must bring a USB drive with 50 images, a writing implement and a notebook. Participants must be comfortable on the computer and basic operations.