Spring 2008
 

Super Super-8

Instructor: Gordon Nelson
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 302
2 Saturdays, 11:00 am-2:00 pm
May 10 & 24
$80 members, $105 non-members

Celluloid film is remarkably different than digital video Here’s a chance to take a D I Y (do it yourself) approach to this century-old medium Students will be able to shoot, hand-process and edit a 3-minute roll of black and white super-8 film Film will be available for purchase at $11 per roll Bring your own Super-8 camera or borrow one of ours (refundable $50 deposit required)

Intro To Web Design

Instructor: Elizabeth Monoian
EMA 110
5 Mondays 6-8pm
April 7-May 5
$135 members, $160 non-members

Take a creative approach to the tools and methods for building effective web sites. We will use Adobe Photoshop, Image Ready and Dreamweaver software for web graphics creation, optimization, and HTML output. Emphasis will be on creating sites that have an effective visual style and clear navigation. At the end of the course each student will have completed a simple website that is uploaded onto the www.

Intro to Digital Photography

Instructor: Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 1 EMA 102 A
7 Mondays, 1:00-4:00 pm
April 7-May 19
$270 members, $295 non-members

This class will familiarize students with the unique functions of their digital still cameras and provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop software Digital and traditional photography will be compared and the class assignments will allow students to develop and improve their aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions Students should bring their own cameras to class or may choose to borrow a camera from the media lab during class time Upon completion of the course, students will receive a minimum of two final digital prints and a CD of their portfolio of work from the class Students may choose to borrow equipment outside of class for an access fee of $25.

Secrets of Screen Acting

Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 109 (ages 14-17)
7 Mondays, 4:30-6:30 pm
April 7-May 19
$180 members, $205 non-members

Learn the tricks of the trade for acting in movies and television We’ve been watching film and television actors all our lives—- but what makes for a successful screen performance? How does it differ from acting on the stage? In this class, the instructor will utilize video to demonstrate and instruct acting-for-the-camera techniques to young actors Additionally, students will examine great film performances to discover the secrets of their success Students will perform on camera and critique their performance in class, enabling them to learn the basics of professional film and television craft One class will focus on audition technique, to prepare young actors to try out for the many film and television productions that shoot in Pittsburgh every year Each student will receive a DVD of their work that can be used as an introduction to casting directors.

Circuit Building

Instructor: Michael Johnsen
Marshall Annex
EMA 116
4 Mondays, 6:00-8:00 pm
April 14-May 5
$130 members, $155 non-members
(cost includes electronic parts needed to complete the project)

Due to popular demand, this short course is an expanded version of our circuit-building workshop for students who want to delve deeper into making their own electronic music instruments This class will clearly guide you through the steps of making or modifying guitar effect pedals, building electronic synthesizers and circuit-bending electronic toys The basics of soldering, construction, and schematics will be covered Participants will leave with a device/ processor/instrument of their own design and a good foundation for further electronic tinkering Please note Circuit Building is in the Marshall Annex.

Photoshop

Instructor: Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 1 EMA 115 A
4 Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 pm
March 25 – April 18
$160 members, $185 non-members

Adobe Photoshop software is a creative tool which offers limitless possibilities for image manipulation In this course, students will obtain a clear understanding of the Photoshop workspace through familiarization of the most commonly used features including the toolbox, palettes, sizing options, layers and preparing images for print and web publication This class is not just for photographers, but anyone interested in applying the power of Photoshop to make better twodimensional images.

Animation Studio

Instructor: Olivia Ciummo
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 106 (ages 14-17)
4 Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 pm
April 22-May 13
$155 members, $180 non-members

This hands-on class will expose students to the foundations of a variety of popular stop-motion styles including 2D, object, and pixilation (animating people) Computer and drawing talent is not necessary to make projects in this class Digital video cameras and Apple software will be used to create finished projects and examples from essential films will be screened as a lead-in to each topic Completed movies will be ready to burn to DVD or post on the internet.

Intro to Digital Photography

Instructor : Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 2: EMA 102 B
8 Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
March 26 – May 14
$310 members, $335 non-members

This class will familiarize students with the unique functions of their digital still cameras and provide an introduction to Adobe Photoshop software Digital and traditional photography will be compared and the class assignments will allow students to develop and improve their aesthetic and technical skills through practice and in-class discussions Students should bring their own cameras to class or may choose to borrow a camera from the media lab during class time Upon completion of the course, students will receive a minimum of two final digital prints and a CD of their portfolio of work from the class Students may choose to borrow equipment outside of class for an access fee of $25.

3D Computer Animation

Instructor : Andrew Pavlick
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 117 (ages 14-17)
4 Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 pm
March 27 – April 17
$155 members, $180 non-members

This course will introduce students to Blender, a popular and powerful open source software application used for 3D animation in movies and videogames Students will learn creative approaches to making their own 3D objects while developing a working knowledge of the principles of animated movement Class activities will include exercises, demonstrations and examples designed to give students a solid foundation in this captivating field.

Intro to Digital Video

Instructor : Gordon Nelson
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 2: EMA 101 B
4 Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 pm
April 24 – May 15
$105 members, $130 non-members

This hands-on, practical course will give students all of the necessary information to get started creating professional looking short videos using commonly available digital video equipment All of the basics from camera operation to computer editing with Apple’s Final Cut Express will be covered with clear, nontechnical examples leading towards a final DVD project Equipment will be provided for use during class time and students may choose to borrow equipment outside of class for an access fee of $25, or use their own equipment.

Photoshop

Instructor: Randy Collins
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
Session 2: EMA 115
4 Fridays 1:00-4:00 pm
March 28 – April 18
$160 members, $185 non-members

Adobe Photoshop software is a creative tool which offers limitless possibilities for image manipulation In this course, students will obtain a clear understanding of the Photoshop workspace through familiarization of the most commonly used features including the toolbox, palettes, sizing options, layers and preparing images for print and web publication This class is not just for photographers, but anyone interested in applying the power of Photoshop to make better twodimensional images

Animation Studio

Instructor: Olivia Ciummo
Annie Seamans Media Arts Lab
EMA 103 (ages 8 – 12)
4 Saturdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
April 12-May 3
$105 members. $130 non-members

The activities in this course will nurture the creative spirit by allowing students to experiment with the art form of animation Learn varied approaches to making animated movies, partly by screening the work of animators, but mostly with hands-on projects using traditional animation techniques aided by Apple computers Experiment with motion painting and pixilation Final projects will be burned onto a DVD.

Circuit Building Workshop

Instructor: Michael Johnsen
Marshall Annex
EMA 303
2 Saturdays, 10am-1pm
April 12 & 19
$105 members, $130 non-members (cost includes electronic parts needed to complete the project)

A two-part simplified course in making audio circuits from scratch for people who always wanted to make synthesizers and effects pedals, but didn’t know where to start Clear, honest, and not super technical, this workshop covers all the basics of soldering, construction, and schematics as well as the idiosyncratic world of “circuit bending” Participants will leave with a device/ processor/instrument of their own design and a good foundation for further electronic tinkering Please note circuit building is in the Marshall Annex.