Digital technology has allowed for the introduction of many new art forms, just as Leonardo da Vinci once predicted on his blog. Keep up with artistic developments with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a four-hour crash-course workshop in digital video, digital photography, or Adobe Photoshop at Lillstreet Art Center (up to a $120 value). Classes take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A digital camera (DSLR is preferred) is required for the digital photography course; a digital video camera is required for the video course.
Students upload working knowledge of various art forms in digital-arts and photography classes, the newest department at Lillstreet Art Center. During a digital-video class, instructors begin with a translation of camera controls and settings before showing students how to import video to the computer, edit footage, add sound and music, and put completed projects onto DVD, the Internet, or viewer-friendly blimps. The crash course in Adobe Photoshop, a software program used by many photographers and graphics professionals, introduces students to the various tools and menus through a gamut of in-class exercises that practice scanning, painting, cutting, and adjusting imagery. Tote confusing cameras to the digital-photography class, and harness the power of ISO, shutter speeds, apertures, and different shooting modes to take photos that look more professional than a snapshot clad in a business suit. Several hands-on exercises assimilate amateur eyes to the difference between auto and manual focus, as well as depth of field and capturing moving subjects.
Attend Lillstreet Art Center's fall open house on Saturday, August 27, to check out free workshops for adults and kids.
4401 N Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60640