Let’s say you’re teaching a web design or digital photography lesson. You’ve made all your plans, you’re ready to go, but you have one problem – you didn’t sign up early enough to use the computer lab that has Adobe Photoshop installed on the computers. There’s still a lab available, but those computers are so old that they won’t even run a current version of Photoshop. So what do you do? Well you could reschedule, but do you have a plan B to be working…Continue Reading “myImager.com and FlamingText.com”

Wonderful! The more education you get under your belt, the more money you have the potential to make. Now the question is, what college should you pick? Well my alma mater was quite nice, but rural Pennsylvania isn’t for everyone. The first thing I would do is decide what art career you want once you’ve graduated. It’s quite possible to make a living with an art degree (both my sister and I have been doing it for years), depending on your skills and dedication. Of…Continue Reading “So you want an art degree …”

Pardon me while I spend today’s update by getting up on my soapbox. The following rantings are my own opinions, and I in no way expect everyone to agree with what I have to say. Berk Chappell recently wrote a letter to the editor criticizing the fact that the city of Corvallis didn’t like a recent installation of public sculpture. There is one quote that I think sums up a key point quite nicely: To attack a work of art because one doesn’t understand it…Continue Reading “Friends don’t let friends buy ugly art”

You have a report to write on the Vietnam War. No problem, you did your work. You found your references – all six of them. Wait … six? You thought you only needed five! Well you’d better think fast, your report’s due tomorrow morning and it’s already midnight. What do you do? Well you could try a Google search, but even the best search engine is hit or miss sometimes. No, your best bet is to use an encyclopedia. What, your edition of Encyclopedia Britanica…Continue Reading “Wikipedia”

For those of you that didn’t know, a “Podcast” is halfway between a blog and a radio program. In fact, most podcasters also maintain blogs that show similar content. They are easy to record and upload, where a special RSS aggregator then downloads the recording to your computer, iPod, or any device that can play MP3 files. (It’s just called a PODcast because iPods dominate the market and it’s a derivative of “BROADcast.”) Podcasts have two things going for them. First, because they’re saved as…Continue Reading “Podcasting”

When I was a little tyke back in the ’80s, I loved checking Ed Emberley drawing books out from the library. Mr. Emberley’s style was to start each lesson with “If you can draw this: (followed by a bunch of scribbles that even a trained monkey could do) then you can draw a fish!” Substitute “fish” for “dog,” “cat,” “three ring circus,” etc., and you get the idea for most of his drawing books. I actually credit Ed Emberley (and a few of my classmates)…Continue Reading “Ed Emberley”

Yesterday I mentioned RSS feeds, so today I thought I would describe them in more detail. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It’s sort of like html code, but different in some key ways. Mainly, with RSS feeds the content comes to you rather than you going to the content. If a web site has an RSS feed option, you’ll see a little link or button that says “XML,” “RSS,” “Syndicate this site,” “Atom,” or something like that. (The feed URL for this site is…Continue Reading “RSS Feeds”

What do you do when you find a website you like? Why, bookmark it, of course! But wait, what if you’re in a lab and there’s no guarantee you’ll be on the same computer again? Or perhaps your a teacher using a shared computer in the teacher’s lounge? Or what if you want to visit the same site from home and from school? Well, you could always copy the sites’ addresses down by hand on a scrap of paper, but if your handwriting’s anything like…Continue Reading “Furl”

When Modernism came about, many more traditional artists questioned whether “Modern Art” was an oxymoron or not. Then came Post-Modernism, Installation Art, Performance Art, and all other kinds of fun things that truly tried to turn that fine line between the works of the masters and the quirks of the legally insane into a grey blur. (This is not to say that it was all bad, mind you.) Ok, enough of my rambling. How about you take the Art or Crap quiz and find out…Continue Reading “Test your Art IQ”

Your first web site is a step into the brave beautiful world of self publishing, where you can share your ideas, your masterpieces, and, dare I say it, your very soul with the world. Unfortunately, a lot of the so-called web page builders provided by the free hosting services out there leave a lot to be desired when it comes to customization. Lucky for you, web design isn’t too hard to learn thanks to web sites like Lissa Explains it All. (This is quite possibly…Continue Reading “Lissa Explains it All”