Introduction to Digital Art

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to digital art concepts while simultaneously exploring various art-related careers. We will focus on different art careers, including but not limited to graphic designers, surface pattern designers, game designers, photographers, freelance illustrators and social media specialists. In addition, we will experiment with different art styles, including but not limited to vector art, picture book illustration & simple animation.

Class Content
Since this is an introductory class, we will be using Photopea, a low-cost browser-based editing tool modeled on Adobe Photoshop, to create our digital artwork. Adobe Photoshop is considered the industry standard for digital painting and photo editing. Each week, students will complete an art-related project using Photopea, based on the skills learned in class. In addition, students will also complete either an art-related career assignment or an inspiration journal assignment for that week.

Course Format
In-person class time will be used for teacher demonstrations, student work and class discussions. Our class will be very active in the online portion of our course, which will be delivered through the Canvas learning management system. The instructor will review how to use Canvas in the first class, but students should be familiar with saving and retrieving files, taking screenshots, and checking email on a regular basis.

As we work through projects, students will be expected to post their completed work for everyone to see because this course is modeled on a studio class format. Our Canvas class will be a safe place and only supportive comments will be allowed. The instructor will review how to give positive and constructive feedback. If repeated negative comments and/or bullying occurs, the instructor will withdraw the offending student from class.

For high school credit equivalency, this course includes 60 hours in instruction and workload, allowing parents to assign a half-year of high school credit.


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    This is a Single-Semester Course, Offered Each Semester
  • Prerequisites: None
    Instructor: Liz Greaser, M.L.I.S.
    lizteachesart@gmail.com 
    Age Level: 13 - 18 years
    Grade Level: 8 and up
    Minimum Enrollment: 4
    Maximum Enrollment: 12
    Tuition per Semester: $250
    Early Registration Discount (before June 1): 10% off!
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    Class Meets: Thursdays, 10:00  - 11:30 AM Pacific 
    PLEASE NOTE: This is a 12-week course. Fall Start Date: August 26; Spring Start Date: January 20
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Fall '21 - Spring '22 Registration is Open!

Fall 2020 Registration for this Course Opens on February 27.

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Liz Greaser, M.L.I.S.

Liz Greaser has been teaching homeschool art classes for the last few years and recently received her Florida teacher’s certification in art education. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science and an AMS-accredited Montessori credential. She has worked as a librarian, adjunct professor, homeschool parent, and Montessori teacher. She spent five years making computer science more accessible for children through the use of Lego robotics and the programming language, Scratch. She has a passion for creative activities and you will often find her drawing, writing, knitting or following her children’s latest interests. She and her husband enjoy discovering new things, making stuff and helping their children to craft their own learning adventure. She and her family live in north Florida, where they are still two hours from the beach.

Textbook and Materials:

Students will need to create a Photopea account and pay for a three-month ad-free subscription, for a cost of $10. Please make sure your computer and browser are updated and can support Photopea (www.photopea.com). If you have any questions, please email the instructor before registering. All projects can be done using a mouse, but many students can use Photopea on their tablets because it operates through a web browser. Students have the option to create a physical inspiration journal using a sketchbook or keep a digital version. If they choose to print out their pictures, they will need access to a printer and will need to purchase a blank sketchbook.