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Digital Darkroom: Photoshop and Photography PBL Project
9 10 11 12

Digital Darkroom: Photoshop and Photography PBL Project

In this series of lessons, students will learn how photography and the digital processes in Photoshop merge to enhance our creative and problem solving abilities. Students will learn about and create double and multiple exposures using digital methods, try their hand at rendering compelling HDRI images using multiple exposures, then move onto cre…

Everything Old is New Again - Cyanotype in the New Age PBL Project
9 10 11 12

Everything Old is New Again - Cyanotype in the New Age PBL Project

The Cyanotype, which is also known as ferroprussiate or blueprint was invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, when he discovered that ferric (iron) salts could be reduced to a ferrous state by light and then combined with other salts to create a blue-and-white image. Not long after, Anna Atkins, one of the few women in photography during that centur…

Building a Better Back Scratcher PBL Project
9 10 11 12 A

Building a Better Back Scratcher PBL Project

The arc of this lesson group has students creating a “Project Based Learning” Steam Bent Wood Back Scratcher over a course of four lessons. The group of lessons instruct students on visually identifying trees and lumber, learning about grain orientation and figure, hardwoods, softwoods, lumber milling and steam bending. Here’s an abstract of the…

Digital Portfolio Development - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Digital Portfolio Development - Advanced Animation PBL Project

The following unit will address the theories and skills necessary for students to create a professional digital portfolio. The students will assess portfolio goals and evaluate audience and industry expectations. Students will learn to organize and prepare traditional and digital files and editing them into a final demo reel as utilized within the …

3D Origins: Modeling and Motion PBL Project
9 10 11 12

3D Origins: Modeling and Motion PBL Project

How are objects modeled and animated in 3D software? In this series of lessons students will use Autodesk's Maya to learn how to move past 3D primitives and begin creating 3D models of increasing complexity, then animate and render them. Realistic 3D animation is used in numerous industries, from medical imaging, product design and prototyping, te…

3D Origins: The Cornell Box and Beyond PBL Project

How are realistic depictions of lighting, materials and physics simulated in 3D Software? Realistic 3D animation is used in numerous industries, from medical imaging, product design and prototyping, television and film making. Films using Autodesk’s software has won numerous Academy Awards (http://news.autodesk.com/2012-02-16-14-Academy-Award-Nom…

Compositing - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Compositing - Advanced Animation PBL Project

Compositing is a major part of digital media creation. It is used in animation, film/video, game design, print design, and more. In this project, students will be compositing multiple images togeather to make one image. Students will learn what compositing is, and how to composite video with cut out animation.This project will be used for portfolio…

Polish Animation - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Polish Animation - Advanced Animation PBL Project

In this unit, students will use a series of images shot with a DSLR and combine these images into a final finished/cleaned film. An emphasis will be placed on the organization of multiple images. The outcome of this unit is to produce a finished/cleaned film. This film is primarily a tool for learning the process of shooting and cleaning a pixelat…

Color, Texture, Lighting - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Color, Texture, Lighting - Advanced Animation PBL Project

In this project, students will be making a simple stop motion animation set. Students will build, texture, and light their set. Stop motion animation, and animation in general, are employable skills. Students can use the skills they learn in this lesson to create an animation they can use as part of their portfolio. Students can use their portfoli…

Rough and Key Animation - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Rough and Key Animation - Advanced Animation PBL Project

The following unit will cover the concept of rough and key and how it applies to animation. Using principles of design, principles of animation, and composition the students will set the stage for the characters, place them in 3D space and place a camera in the scene to begin blocking out shots. Through the rough and key animation process students…

Sound and Story - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Sound and Story - Advanced Animation PBL Project

In this unit the students will learn about the importance and development of sound design for animation. The following lessons they will provide an understanding of the historical aspects and elements of sound design, discover how sound is applied and created for various types of animated films, and the students will develop their own soundtrack fo…

Layout - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Layout - Advanced Animation PBL Project

Introduction to Layout: Layout is a question of drawing and background is a question of painting. Another way to say it is that layout is like designing a set which supports all the action in the story. The relationship between the characters' actions and the background is the focus of the layout artist, so the layout artist must study both the Ch…

Background - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Background - Advanced Animation PBL Project

Background artists take the storyboard and layout and produce final backgrounds. Final Backgrounds are fully colored and detailed, and they are the final images that appear in a project. The Background artist can work in traditional pens/paper and/or paint or the new digital media world. Regardless of tools they should be able to consider light an…

Storyboard - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Storyboard - Advanced Animation PBL Project

Storyboarding is a step in video and film production of all kinds from TV commercials to music videos to feature films. Storyboards are almost always used in animation and special effect shots and often also used in live action production. The final project of this unit is the production of a storyboard from the script of a play. Students will con…

Visual Research, Development & Design - Advanced Animation PBL Project
12

Visual Research, Development & Design - Advanced Animation PBL Project

An animation production, regardless of style, technique, or length, will require a great deal of visual research, development and design. The early stages of production will typically require the designing and planning of characters, environments, architeture, and visual effects. The process of developing the look and feel of an animation producti…

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