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We've expanded our offerings! Please see below for the schedule and course descriptions.

No RSVP required. Everyone who is part of the CC community is welcome. Contact mrubenstein@coloradocollege.edu or cbittner@coloradocollege.edu with questions. Follow us on Instagram for reminders @cc_vrc and @ccmedialab.

Workshops are held in either Cornerstone 413 (CAC 413), Cornerstone 415 (CAC 415), or the Keck Lab in Armstrong (Armstrong 308).

Fall 2017

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Block 1: Week 1

Block 1: Week 2

9/6 Wed 
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to Adobe Premiere Pro CC
(CAC 413)

9/7 Thurs
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to SketchUp Pro
(CAC 415)

Block 1: Week 3

9/13 Wed
3:30-4:30 pm

Audio in Premiere Pro CC
(CAC 413)

Block 1: Week 4

Block 2: Week 1

9/26 Tues
3:30-5 pm

Film Dash N Cash
(CAC 413)

9/28 Thurs
3:30-5 pm

Digital Art Dash N Cash
(CAC 415)

Block 2: Week 2

10/4 Wed
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to Adobe Spark
(CAC 413)

10/5 Thurs
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to Pro Tools
(CAC 413)

Block 2: Week 3

10/11 Wed
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to iMovie
(CAC 413)

10/12 Thurs
3:30-5 pm

Building Your Website
(CAC 415)

Block 2: Week 4

Block 3: Week 1

 

10/24 Tues
3:30-5 pm

Film Dash N Cash
(CAC 413)

10/26 Thurs
3:30-5 pm

Digital Art Dash N Cash
(CAC 415)

 

Block 3: Week 2

 

11/1 Wed
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to InDesign*
(Armstrong 308)

11/2 Thurs
10-11 am

Intro to InDesign*
(Armstrong 308)

 

Block 3: Week 3

 

11/8 Wed
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to Adobe Audition
(CAC 413)

11/9 Thurs
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to Illustrator
(CAC 415)

 

Block 3: Week 4

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Break

 

 

 

 

 

Block 4: Week 1

 

 

Block 4: Week 2

 

12/6 Wed
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to Photoshop*
(CAC 413)

12/7 Thurs
10-11 am

Intro to Photoshop*
(CAC 413)

 

Block 4: Week 3

 

 

12/13 Wed
3:30-4:30 pm

Intro to Adobe Character Animator
(CAC 413)

12/14 Thurs
3:30-4:30 pm

Enhancing Digital Photos
(CAC 415)

 

Block 4: Week 4

*Part of Excel@CC: ITS Fundamentals. Open to everyone.


Workshop Descriptions 

Adobe Drawing Tools (Chris Bittner and Meghan Rubenstein)

Adobe Drawing Tools is a loosely structured workshop that offers participants the chance to try out a number of drawing tools in Illustrator and Photoshop. We will share tips and tricks to push the limits of your favorite pens and brushes plus introduce new tools available in the most recent version of the Creative Cloud. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with Wacom drawing tablets. No prior experience with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is necessary.

Audio in Premiere Pro CC (Chris Bittner)

The Audio in Premiere Pro CC workshop will focus on the process and techniques of editing audio within a Premiere project. Participants will be provided with a pre-made video timeline and then learn the steps to get the best sounding audio mix. This tutorial will show how to adjust overall gain levels for each clip before making finer adjustments with the volume “rubber band” tool. The workshop will touch on the use of compression and EQ to get a more unified overall volume and realistic sounding clarity. Some prior experience with Adobe Premiere Pro is recommended but not required.

Building Your Website (Briget Heidmous)

Building Your Website: An Introduction to Site Building on the Squarespace Platform will include a brief introduction to the Squarespace platform, conversation about your project/purpose, content and design instruction, and supported work time. Topics covered: content generation, management, preparation, and publishing in the consideration of aesthetic, and user centric development.

Digital Art (Meghan Rubenstein)

Digital Art is designed to spark new ideas about how computer software can be used during the creative process and/or to produce digital works of art. This tutorial will begin with a discussion on the primary differences between Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, followed by hands-on activities that will allow participants to try out a number of tools. The workshop will cover freehand drawing using pens and brushes, working with the perspective grid, manipulating photos, managing layers, and turning hand drawn images into vector files. Basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is recommended.

Enhancing Digital Photos (Meghan Rubenstein)

Enhancing Digital Photos will help participants acquire the skills needed to push digital photo editing to the next level. Using Adobe Photoshop and Bridge, we will explore how to modify photos in Camera Raw, touch up images using the Clone Stamp and Spot Healing Brush, correct distortion, stack images for a greater depth of field, and create Masks, which can be used to remove backgrounds or modify select portions of an image. Basic Adobe Photoshop knowledge is recommended.

Introduction to Adobe Audition (Chris Bittner)

Introduction to Adobe Audition is a workshop focused on Adobe Creative Cloud’s audio recording and editing software. This tutorial is meant to give participants an overview of the interface, tools, and techniques for creating quality film, podcast, and music audio. Users will be introduced to the Multitrack workspace, Waveform editor, and Effects Rack as they learn to make the most out of their audio within this very capable editing platform. The workshop will touch on the use of compression and EQ to get a more unified overall volume and realistic sounding clarity. No prior experience with Adobe Audition is required.

Introduction to Adobe Spark (Chris Bittner)

The Introduction to Adobe Spark workshop will introduce participants to Adobe Creative Cloud’s free graphic design app for creating impactful social graphics, web stories and animated videos. Spark is possibly the easiest and fastest way to create professional social media posts, interactive and responsive web pages for all devices, and beautifully designed video within minutes! This tutorial will walk participants through each of Spark’s three design areas and encourage the creation of a simple social post, web page, and video – all within the hour! No kidding! No prior experience with Adobe Spark is necessary.

Introduction to iMovie (Chris Bittner)

Introduction to iMovie will showcase the simplicity of Apple’s video editing software, created for the casual user, who needs a video edited yesterday. If you need to produce a video essay or presentation but don’t have time for lunch with Steven Spielberg, this tutorial will introduce the simple workspace and powerful tools that make iMovie the perfect tool for editing quality video without the T-Rex sized learning curve.  No prior experience with iMovie is necessary.

Introduction to Illustrator (Meghan Rubenstein)

Introduction to Illustrator will familiarize participants with the basic tools available in Adobe Illustrator, a vector graphics program best for creating freehand illustrations, logos, and diagrams. Unlike Photoshop, Illustrator files can be resized without loosing resolution, making them ideal for a wide range of projects. In this tutorial, participants will draw shapes and lines using paths, work with alignment and replication tools, and get inventive with text. Introduction to Illustrator is designed for the beginner. No prior experience with Adobe Illustrator is necessary.

Introduction to InDesign (Meghan Rubenstein)

Introduction to InDesign will familiarize participants with the basic tools available in this powerful layout and design program. If you want to create books, portfolios, posters, brochures, or any other product that integrates text and image, Adobe InDesign might be the software for you. In this tutorial, we will begin by exploring the workspace, then walk through the steps to produce both a poster and a multi-page document. No prior experience with Adobe InDesign is necessary.

Introduction to Photoshop: Managing and Editing Images (Meghan Rubenstein)

Introduction to Photoshop will familiarize participants with the basic editing tools available in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge. In addition to learning how to crop, rotate, resize, and recolor images, we will practice embedding copyright and other information directly into files. This tutorial will be especially useful for individuals trying to manage a portfolio of work or who are in the process of assembling a collection of images for a research project. Introduction to Photoshop is designed for the beginner. No prior experience with Adobe Photoshop or Bridge is necessary. 

Introduction to Premiere Pro CC (Chris Bittner)

Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro CC will introduce participants to the editing workspace and tools, the process of editing, and the steps for exporting final video. This tutorial will show how to convert raw video and import it into Premiere. Users will create a simple project from provided material and edit multiple layers of video and audio. Participants will create overlay text and learn to adjust fonts, scale, opacity, and motion. The workshop will walk users through the process of exporting a final video – choosing the optimal settings for audio and picture. No prior experience with Adobe Premiere Pro is necessary.

Introduction to Pro Tools (Chris Bittner)

Introduction to Pro Tools is designed to introduce participants to the film industry standard digital audio workstation software. Avid’s Pro Tools can be found in every major film and recording studio on the planet as well as home studios and in several locations around the Colorado College campus. Participants will learn the editing and mixing workspaces along with the simple, yet powerful tools and tricks of the Pro Tools experience. No prior experience with Pro Tools is necessary.

Introduction to SketchUp Pro (Meghan Rubenstein)

Introduction to SketchUp Pro will give participants a chance to try out 3D modeling on the computer. In addition to learning how to use the program's basic tools, you will learn how to import models from the 3D Warehouse (an amazing library of user-contributed models) and experiment with designing a structure on a specific terrain using Google Earth. No prior experience with SketchUp or other 3D modeling program is required.

Typography (Meghan Rubenstein)

Make your words into powerful graphics. Typography will introduce participants to tools in Illustrator and Photoshop that can be used to produce a meaningful identity. This tutorial will cover the basics, including how to work with typeface, spacing, size, alignment, and orientation, as well as more advanced type modifications. Through a series of exercises we will consider how to balance legibility with originality. We will also discuss how to go about creating a unique font. No prior experience with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is necessary.