Computer Graphics I

Tom Callis , Instructor, Art/Cis 148,

(610) 718-1920 (Office)


Course Description and Objectives :


A beginning class on the creation and use of digital images. Instead of using the traditional art studio media, students will be introduced to software programs that are graphic tools capable of image editing or manipulation, drawing and painting, and page layout designs. This new media will be approached from the perspective of traditional art design in the development of these new graphical images.

Our goal is to develop a basic understanding of and working familiarity with the two main types of graphic desk top publishing programs: bitmapped and object-oriented. Class is a fully hands-on exploration of these kinds of software programs . Through a series of projects, we will focus on acquiring the specific skills needed to understand some of imaging potential that these programs offer. There is no final exam. The eight or so varied projects form the basis for the grades.


Grading is based upon a number of issues and all are important For any and all of our projects, these issues are:

  1. thorough understanding and development of the different projects
  2. use of specific skills required by each project
  3. completion of all required work on time
  4. originality and thoughtfulness of project content
  5. class attendance, behavior and time use
  6. personal interest and involvement.

Grades will be given upon the completion of each of the required projects. Save all work in a folder.

Please note: class attendance is particularly important with this technical material. Understanding and using these software programs is time intensive. So absences will affect your performance and grade. These absences can mean the reduction of a grade by at least a point.


Academic Honesty

Design often involves exploring the ideas /techniques of other designers, artists or students. Shared ideas can be a valued point of departure, but using someone else’s work and not acknowledging the source is wrong. Plagiarism and idea theft is wrong and will have serious consequences.





1. Abstract Painting , 2.Transforming Heads,


3.Personal Magazine Cover, 4. Discovered







1.Pattern, 2.Bug, 3. Stamp, 4.Invitation.

5. Tabloid (with Photoshop)

Photoshop 5 For Windows, a visual quickstart guide by Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas

Freehand 8 for Macintosh, a visual quickstart guide
by Sandee Cohen. Peachpit Press

These texts are not required, but recommended.


Materials 3 ˝" Floppy Discs (2HD), Zip disc,folder

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