201 Schedule

The class schedule is subject to change and will be updated every Friday. Check this page regularly to see what is expected for the upcoming week.

(lecture) = Avery 102 (9:10am section) or Avery 106 (10:35 am section)

(lab) = Avery 105

Remember: You can work outside class during open hours in the Avery Computer Lab in the evening and on weekends (Mon-Fri, 5:30-9:00pm; Sat-Sun, 12:00-5:00pm). You may also work on weekday evenings until 11:00pm in the SPARK 210 PC lab and in the Dimensions Lab in Holland Library.

Click here to see schedule for previous weeks

WEEK 3

Tues 1/28

Due today:

  1. Watch Copyright Basics
  2. Read What Is Creative Commons?
  3. Complete Photoshop Tutorials: Getting Started
  4. Make corrections/edits to Blog #1 as needed

In class:

  • Project 1 Intro Activity: Photo Comic with Clipping Masks
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Finding Creative Commons images
  • Assign: Bring your images on your thumbdrive or external harddrive. They should have the appropriate cc license or be public domain.

Thurs 1/30

Due today:

  • Bring your images for Photo Comic with Clipping Masks on your thumbdrive or external harddrive. They should have the appropriate cc license or be public domain.

In class:

  • Syllabus/Reading Quiz
  • Work on Project 1 Intro Activity: Photo Comic with Clipping Masks
  • Printing demo
  • Assign: 1) Read PDF excerpt from “What It Is” by Lynda Barry (high res PDF or low res PDF), 2) Read Chapter 2: The Vocabulary of Comics from “Understanding Comics,” 3) Bring completed Photo Comic with Clipping Masks on your thumbdrive or external harddrive on 2/6

WEEK 4

Tues 2/4

Due today:

  1. Read PDF excerpt from “What It Is” by Lynda Barry (high res PDF or low res PDF)
  2. Read Chapter 2: The Vocabulary of Comics from “Understanding Comics”

In class:

  • Discuss “What It Is” by Lynda Barry and “Understanding Comics” Chapter 2: Why do artists use collage? How does this work with comics?
  • Project 1 Overview
  • Assign: Bring completed Photo Comic with Clipping Masks on your thumbdrive or external harddrive

Thurs 2/6

Due today:

  • Photo Comic with Clipping Masks on your thumbdrive or external harddrive

In class:

  • Photo Comic with Clipping Masks: Print and turn digital files in via OneDrive
  • Work on additional Photoshop tutorials
  • Assign: 1) Photoshop tutorials: Photo editing and manipulation, 2) Collect/create collage materials, 3) Meet in Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation next class

WEEK 5

Tues 2/11 (meet in CDSC, fourth floor Holland Library)

Due today:

  1. Meet in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) in Holland Library
  2. Bring collage materials you have made and collected
  3. Photoshop tutorials: “Photo Editing and Manipulation”

In class:

  • Using flatbed scanners
  • Understanding image resolution
  • Assign: 1) Bring collage materials you have made and collected again on Thursday, 2) Photoshop tutorials: “More About Selections”

Thurs 2/13 (meet in CDSC)

Due today:

  1. Meet in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC) in Holland Library
  2. Bring collage materials you have made and collected
  3. Photoshop tutorials: “More About Selections”

In class:

  • Scanning
  • Hands-On Collage
  • Assign: 1) Complete Blog #2 by beginning of next class, 2) Work on Photoshop tutorials: “Layer Masking” and “Combining Photos into a Composite Image”

WEEK 6

–Mon 2/17: President’s Day Holiday–

Tues 2/18

Due today:

  1. Complete Blog #2 by beginning of next class
  2. Begin work on Photoshop tutorials: “Layer Masking” and “Combining Photos into a Composite Image”
  3. Read Chapter 8: A Word About Color from “Understanding Comics”

In class:

  • Work in Project 1: Digital Comics Collage
  • Assign: 1) Read Chapter 8: A Word About Color from “Understanding Comics,” 2) Work on Photoshop tutorials: “Layer Masking” and “Combining Photos into a Composite Image”

Thurs 2/20

Due today:

  1. Read Chapter 8: A Word About Color from “Understanding Comics”
  2. Photoshop tutorials: “Layer Masking” and “Combining Photos into a Composite Image”

In class:

  • Work on Project 1: Digital Comics Collage
  • Assign: Come with final questions on Project 1: Digital Comics Collage. We will have a quiz in class next time as well over all material covered up to this point.

WEEK 7 

Tues 2/25

Due today:

  • Come prepared with final questions regarding Project 1: Digital Comics Collage

In class:

  • Quiz 1 in Blackboard
  • How to save as a JPG and PDF from Photoshop, how to zip (compress) files, naming files
  • Printing and blog reminders
  • Assign: Project 1 Digital Comics Collage (see “What You Will Turn In” section) is due, along with Blog #3

Thurs 2/27

Due today at beginning of class: Project 1

  • Required files turned in via OneDrive
  • Final print
  • Blog 3: Final Digital Comics Collage

In class:

  • Critique of Project 1: Digital Comics Collage
  • Assign: 1) Read Chapters 3-4 from “Understanding Comics,” 2) Read John Lovett’s Design Overview (this includes the links: Elements of Design, Line, Shape, Direction, Size, Texture, Color, Value, The Principles of Design, Balance, Gradation, Repetition, Contrast, Harmony, Dominance, and Unity)

WEEK 8

Midterm grades due this week

Tues 3/3

Due today:

  1. Read Chapters 3-4 from “Understanding Comics”
  2. Read John Lovett’s Design Overview (this includes the links: Elements of Design, Line, Shape, Direction, Size, Texture, Color, Value, The Principles of Design, Balance, Gradation, Repetition, Contrast, Harmony, Dominance, and Unity)

In class:

  • Discuss Chapters 3-4 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Introduction to Project 2: Poster Comic
  • Assign: Blog 4: Closure & Time Frames

Thurs 3/5

Due today:

  • Blog 4: Closure & Time Frames

In class:

WEEK 9

Tues 3/10 (WSU Museum of Art Study Center)

Due today:

  • Meet in…
  • Read Chapters 5-6 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Illustrator Tutorials: “Getting Started”

In class:

  • Chapters 5-6 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Assign: Blog 5: Invisible Emotion and hand-drawn sketch of your poster comic

Thurs 3/12

Due today:

  1. Meet in…
  2. Blog 5: Invisible Emotion
  3. Hand-drawn sketch of your plan for Project 2: Poster Comic

In class:

  • Project 2: Poster Comic / Illustrator
  • Assign: Read Chapters 7 and 9 from “Understanding Comics” and work through most of the Illustrator tutorials

—Spring Break—

WEEK 10

Tues 3/24

Due today:

  • Meet in…
  • Read Chapters 7 and 9 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Most of the Illustrator tutorials should be watched/read

In class:

  • Discuss Chapters 7 and 9 from “Understanding Comics”
  • Project 2: Poster Comic / Illustrator

Thurs 3/26 (Meet in MASC)

Due today:

In class:

  • Project 2: Poster Comic / Illustrator
  • Assign: Blog 6: Individual Voices and finish Illustrator tutorials

WEEK 11

Tues 3/31

Due today:

In class:

  • Quiz 2 in Blackboard
  • Project 2: Poster Comic final touches
  • Export as JPG, Save as PDF from Illustrator
  • Assign: Project 2 and Blog 7 due next class

Thurs 4/2

Due today at beginning of class: Project 2

  • Required files turned in via OneDrive
  • Final printed poster for Project 2: Poster Comic
  • Blog 7: Final Poster Comic

In class:

WEEK 12

Tues 4/7

Due today:

In class:

  • Introduction to Project 3: Web Comic
  • Discuss Scott McCloud’s web comics and Eroyn Franklin’s web comics
  • Assign: Blog 8: Graphic Novel Review

Thurs 4/9

Due today:

  • Blog 8: Graphic Novel Review

In class:

  • Project 3: Web Comic

WEEK 13

Tues 4/14

Due today:

  • TBA

In class:

  • Project 3: Web Comic

Thurs 4/16

Due today:

  • TBA

In class:

  • Project 3: Web Comic

WEEK 14

Tues 4/21

Due today:

  • Come prepared to work on web comic

In class:

  • Work on Project 3: Web Comics

Thurs 4/23

Due today:

  • Come prepared to work on web comic

In class:

    • Work on Project 3: Web Comics

WEEK 15

Tues 4/28

Due today:

  • Come prepared to show your web comic

In class:

  • Student presentations

Thurs 4/30 (DTC2020 Showcase: 4:00-5:30pm, Cub Junior Ballroom)

Due at beginning of class:

  • Project 3: Web Comic and Blog #9: Final Web Comic
  • Come prepared to show your work

In class:

  • Student presentations continued 

FINALS WEEK

Optional: You may submit revised work for one of our major projects this semester by Monday of final weeks. You must schedule a meeting with your instructor at least two weeks before Final Week if you wish to resubmit work.

  • Revisions must be submitted no later than 11:59PM on Monday, 5/4

– – PREVIOUS WEEKS – –

WEEK 1

Tues 1/14

In class:

Thurs 1/16

Due today:

In class:

  • Look at graphic novels and discuss multimodal communication: Visual, Linguistic, Aural, Spatial, Gestural
  • Digital Comic
  • Assign: 1) Buy print copy (not ebook!) of “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud (online or at Bookie) and read Chapter 1: Setting the Record Straight, 2) Complete Digital Comic/Wordpress Account assignment (bring digital comic file on the thumbdrive or external hardrive you will use for class); Note: If you have not been able to buy “Understanding Comics” yet, there is a copy on reserve at the Holland-Terrell library

WEEK 2

–Mon 1/20: MLK Holiday–

Tues 1/21

Due today:

  1. Buy print copy (not ebook!) of “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud (online or at Bookie) and read Chapter 1: Setting the Record Straight
  2. Digital Comic/Wordpress assignment (bring digital comic file on the thumbdrive or external harddrive you will use for class)
  3. Note: If you have not been able to buy “Understanding Comics” yet, there is a copy on reserve at the Holland-Terrell library

In class:

  • Discuss Chapter 1: Setting the Record Straight from “Understanding Comics”
  • WordPress, Blogs, Web Design: Introduction to Communal Class Blog
  • Assign: Accept WordPress invitation and attempt to complete Blog #1

Thurs 1/23

Due today:

  1. Meet in Avery 105 (computer lab classroom!)
  2. Accept WordPress invitation, attempt to complete Blog #1
  3. Have your Digital Comic (bring file on the thumbdrive or external harddrive you will use for class)

In class: