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100+ Awesome Open Courseware Links for Artists

100+ Awesome Open Courseware Links for Artists
Posted by Site Administrator in Learning Tools Nov 20th, 2008 By Kelsey Allen Whether you’re into art theory, studying ancient art or making art yourself, you can find a range of online courses and lectures that can help educate you on your field of interest. Check out these open courseware resources to learn more, get fresh perspectives and expand your artistic horizons. Introductory Courses Learn the basics from these courses geared towards the beginner. Introduction to Sculpture : This course will deal with issues central to modern sculpture like site, context, process, psychology and aesthetics as well as helping students to work with some more non-traditional materials. Images and Online Exhibits These museums and online exhibits are wonderful places to find free and public domain images for inspiration or scholarly art study . Smithsonian American Art Museum Online Exhibitions : The SAAM has a number of online exhibits that range from landscape painting to modern photography. Related:  Visual Thinkingphotographyspecific code

Create an Explosive Cover with Precise Photo Manipulation Techniques In this tutorial, we're going to make a creative illustration in a style meant for a video game cover or sci-fi book cover. We'll create this with mostly photo manipulation techniques. With some cool Photoshop options you can turn all the photos you chose, into one stunning looking explosive cover. It's amazing, how easy this can be done, all you need is just a good idea and some solid basics in Photoshop. The hardest part in doing this, is finding the right images. Final Image Preview Let's take a look at the image we'll be creating. Step 1 Open this picture of a masked woman. Start repairing the photo by copying some part of the right side of the mask, and applying it to the missing part of the left side. Step 2 Now that you have still selected this little piece, lower its Opacity just a touch. Step 3 Now grab the Eraser Tool (E), set the Master Diameter to about 12px, and Hardness at 90%. Step 4 For those of you, who have LucisArt, there is a very good moment now to use it. Step 5 Step 6

Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos How to Make an Interactive Network Visualization Networks! They are all around us. The universe is filled with systems and structures that can be organized as networks. Recently, we have seen them used to convict criminals, visualize friendships, and even to describe cereal ingredient combinations. We can understand their power to describe our complex world from Manuel Lima's wonderful talk on organized complexity. In this tutorial, we will focus on creating an interactive network visualization that will allow us to get details about the nodes in the network, rearrange the network into different layouts, and sort, filter, and search through our data. In this example, each node is a song. Try out the visualization on different songs to see how the different layouts and filters look with the different graphs. Technology This visualization is a JavaScript based web application written using the powerful D3 visualization library. jQuery is also used for some DOM element manipulation. Quick CoffeeScript Notes Functions Indentation matters

The Visual Leap - About Visual Thinking >> Home • About Visual Thinking About Visual Thinking Visual thinking, also called visual learning, is a proven method of organizing ideas graphically - with concept maps, mind maps and webs. Visual thinking is an intuitive and easy-to-learn strategy that works for many academic and professional projects. Visual Leap programs use visual thinking software as a learning tool, and this software accelerates the learning process. According to studies conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of Research in Education, visual learning techniques improve: Test scores Writing Proficiency Long-term Retention Reading Comprehension Thinking and Learning Skills Visual thinking is intuitive. Visual thinking is easy to learn. "Concept mapping has been shown to help learners learn, researchers create new knowledge, administrators to better structure and manage organizations, writers to write, and evaluators assess learning." Joseph D. 37% of people are visual-spatial learners.

Infrared Photography by Thom Hogan Infrared is a spectrum of light beyond that which we normally see. Despite having an IR blocking filter installed between the lens and the CCD, most digital cameras still react to some near infrared energy, though at levels far lower than visible light. To take “infrared” pictures—i.e., photos primarily made up of near infrared energy—you need to filter out the visible light and only allow the near infrared and infrared spectrum through to the film or sensor. The easiest way to do this is to use a Wratten filter, which you can find at most professional camera shops (see sidebar at right). The Wratten series (and other dedicated "infrared filters" [misnamed because they don't actually filter infrared]) are very dense filters, nearly opaque. Because they block most or all of the visible light, you’ll need very long exposures, so you’ll want to use a tripod. One other problem you’ll discover, though, is that once you filter all the visible light, exposure times will be quite long. Focus.

Wikipedia - Web Archiving, Aspects of Curation Web archiving is the process of collecting portions of the World Wide Web to ensure the information is preserved in an archive for future researchers, historians, and the public. Web archivists typically employ web crawlers for automated capture due to the massive size and amount of information on the Web. The largest web archiving organization based on a bulk crawling approach is the Internet Archive which strives to maintain an archive of the entire Web. The International Web Archiving Workshop (IWAW), begun in 2001, has provided a platform to share experiences and exchange ideas. Collecting the web[edit] Methods of collection[edit] Remote harvesting[edit] The most common web archiving technique uses web crawlers to automate the process of collecting web pages. On-demand[edit] There are numerous services that may be used to archive web resources "on-demand", using web crawling techniques. Free services open for public use[edit] Enterprise and subscription services[edit] Crawlers[edit]

Home - Visual Thinking Strategies StreetPhotography Databib | Research Data Repositories How can I improve my short term memory? Q: How can I improve my mem­ory? Is there a daily exer­cise I can do to improve it? A: The most impor­tant com­po­nent of mem­ory is atten­tion. By choos­ing to attend to some­thing and focus on it, you cre­ate a per­sonal inter­ac­tion with it, which gives it per­sonal mean­ing, mak­ing it eas­ier to remember. Elab­o­ra­tion and rep­e­ti­tion are the most com­mon ways of cre­at­ing that per­sonal inter­ac­tion. Elab­o­ra­tion involves cre­at­ing a rich con­text for the expe­ri­ence by adding together visual, audi­tory, and other infor­ma­tion about the fact. One com­mon tech­nique used by stu­dents, is actu­ally, not that help­ful. These tech­niques do help you improve your mem­ory on a behav­ioral level, but not on a fun­da­men­tal brain struc­ture level. Focus Alert­ness, focus, con­cen­tra­tion, moti­va­tion, and height­ened aware­ness are largely a mat­ter of atti­tude. If you want to learn or remem­ber some­thing, con­cen­trate on just that one thing. Keep read­ing…

Third-Polarizing-Filter Experiment Demystified — How It Works © Copyright 2004 Darel Rex Finley. All rights reserved. This article, with illustrations and copyright notice intact, may be freely distributed for educational purposes. Shine light through two polarizing filters oriented at 90° to each other, and no light gets through. But put a third filter inbetween them, at 45° to each of the existing filters, and amazingly enough — some lights gets through! This popular experiment is often described as “strange.” Let’s start by going over the standard experiment: Figure 1 In Figure 1, an unpolarized, parallel light source is fired through a polarizing filter, and the light strongly registers in a light meter at the other end. Figure 2 In Figure 2, a second filter is introduced, oriented at 90° to the first one. Figure 3 In Figure 3, a third filter is placed inbetween the first two, at 45° to each of them. Spookiness and the Word “Filter” Why do these results seem spooky? Figure 4 Figure 5 This, in fact, is what a polarizer does. Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8

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