General Art – Digital Art A


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General Art – Digital Art A


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This is a general art class geared toward high schoolers who love art and enjoy doing it in a more non traditional medium. It is important that your student has fairly strong computer skills and a program that they already work in and are familiar with such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Krita, Clip Studio, ProCreate, etc. I’m not requiring a specific program in order to keep costs flexible. I will probably be using Adobe products, but we will be doing projects that should be able to be accomplished in most of the other programs. 

This is not a software class, it is an art skills and techniques class. We will study principles and elements of art and design, composition, and using different media to create art. Some possible projects and skills we’ll be working on are portraits, animation, comic book, collage, drawing and painting techniques, photography, lettering/typography, still life, landscapes. We will also be practicing critiquing and building portfolios.


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Required: Knowledge and access to a digital art tool. My recommendations are Photoshop, Illustrator, Krita, Clip Studio, ProCreate. If you have software you already use and wonder if it will work, please email me. Google Draw or similar will probably not be sufficient. (This is not a software class, it is an art skills and techniques class.)


Carissa Sheehan is a big fan of creating life-long critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. Learning how to approach problems in a visual way adds an amazing dimension to those skills. The bulk of her career has been spent working in graphic design for Christian ministries and nonprofits.

Carissa graduated with a Bachelors in Art from John Brown University and later with her Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has taught outdoor education classes, coached volleyball, and tutored adults in ESL.

In the field of graphic design she has worked as a designer as well as a Creative Director and Art Director. Much of her experience has been in small departments where she has learned the process of design from concept to delivery. This enables her to offer real world examples and advice to students who are either interested in making graphic design their collegiate field of study or who would like to use it as a way to earn money as a freelancer right away. 

After studying watercolor and oil painting in college, she discovered the joys of painting with acrylic paint. She runs a small paint party business as well as sells some of her work online. She loves the laid back approach to painting exemplified in people like Bob Ross and strives to pass on an enjoyment and mastery of painting to her students.

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