The scientific, perceptual and artistic principles behind image
making. Topics include the relationship between pictorial techniques
and the human visual system; the intrinsic limitations of 2D
representations and their possible compensations; and the technical
issues involved in depiction: e.g. projection, denotation (choice
of primitives - lines, points or regions) and tonal conventions.
The following talk highlights the motivations behind this class, from a computer graphics point of view.
Open to undergraduate and graduate students.
Enrollment limited to 20.
Anyone interested in pictures (e.g. art history, visual arts, architecture, human perception, computer vision, computer graphics).
|This is a 12 unit course, including 3 hours of class per week. Except for the first 3 weeks where only lectures will be given, the Monday session will consist of a formal lecture, while the Wednesday session will be devoted to student presentations about specific subjects (see below) and a 30 minutes discussion of the week's reading.|
Grading will be based on the following assignments and on participation
Reading and participation (10%)
1 small handouts, 2 books and some chapters or papers. Average should be around 100 pages per week. A 1 page summary of the reading and 2 questions for the discussion will be due each week.
2 small essays: an exploratory essay (4 pages, double spaced, see ideas) and a commentary on a picture with respect to the issues treated in class (2 pages, double spaced).
A report for the final project (length depends on the project)
Oral presentation (20%)
One talk: Paper, chapter or subject presentation
Final project presentation
Lab activity (15%)
Use of Photoshop
Use of a non-photorealistic rendering program (Piranesi)
Use of the commercial software Canoma to build a 3D model from an artwork
Final project (45%)
Depending on the background and interest of the students, computer software, 3D animation, video, multimedia document, mock-up, psychophysics experiment or essay.
Groups of 2 are preferable, but this is not a strict rule.
Project ideas will be proposed, but initiative is encouraged.
The projects will culminate to a report and will be presented to the class.