Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) Training Workshops

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Thursday, 15 February 2007, Part 1: Computer Monitor Color Management (754k in Acrobat PDF)

Thursday, 8 March 2007, Part 2: Printer Color Management (901k in Acrobat PDF)

Tuesday, 18 March 2008: Photographing Your Artwork (578k in Acrobat PDF)

Saturday, 17 January 2009: Give it Your Best Shot, Part 1 (588k in Acrobat PDF)

Saturday, 24 January 2009: Give it Your Best Shot, Part 2 (2.4mb in Acrobat PDF)

Thursday, 26 June 2009: Digital Documentation (521k in Acrobat PDF)

Saturday, 23 January 2010: Websites Workshop (1mb in Acrobat PDF)

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Digital Art

In 2003, I started to experiment with Digital Art. The reasons are found in the brief description of “Making it Better,” while a more general description of the process is found through the following:

What is Digital Art?



When I was an art student, I received lots of encouragement to express my visual creativity. I read lots of books on techniques and I studied other artists. I did not, however, receive any practical guidance on how to make a living as an artist -- I learned the hard way what "starving artist" means. In the September 19, 2005 issue of Newsweek, art professor J.D. Jordon wrote a provocative essay for the My Turn section of the magazine, entitled, “I'm an Artist, But Not the Starving Kind.” With the subtitle, “We have as much training as other professionals. Imagine if we had their business sense, too,” the essay challenges artists to value their own work. The essay is recommended reading.

The Dayton Visual Arts Center The Dayton Visual Arts Center is a group of artists and art lovers who believe that a vital visuals arts community is essential to the life of the community. From gallery talks and exhibit openings to professional development workshops, DVAC provides opportunities to meet others who share an interest in art and to learn about and support contemporary visual art. Since 1991, DVAC has been the Miami Valley's leading proponent of contemporary art.

Upper Canada Stretchers I use stretcher bars made by Upper Canada Stretchers of Ontario for my paintings. Stretcher bars vary by manufacturer, including the quality of the wood, the precision of the corner miter cuts, the speed and ease with which the bars fit together, the size and fit of the corner keys, even consistency in the length of the bars matching their labeled size — these variations are a sad commentary on the quality of art materials because poor quality materials can be an obstacle to the vision artists strive to create. I discovered UCS bars after months of frustration with other vendor’s stretcher bars; I won’t name the other brands . . . I’m just glad to be using bars that are easy to assemble, the assembled corners form a perfect 90° angle, and the bars are actually the correct length! You can see a partial photo of an assembled Upper Canada Stretchers frame on the Support page.

Where everyone learns Photoshop - National Association of Photoshop Professionals The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is the publisher of Photoshop User magazine and the best source I have found for learning how to use Adobe’s software. Membership costs $99 per year and includes 8 issues of the magazine, access to hundreds of online tutorials, free brushes and patterns, discounts on computer hardware (including Apple products), discounts on software by Adobe (about 15%) and other publishers, discounts on books, free shipping from B&H Photo, and many other benefits. Membership will pay for itself in discounts. When you click the NAPP links on this page, you will also receive The Best of Photoshop User: The Tenth Year DVD as a bonus gift; if you want to join by phone, then call 1-800-738-8513 and mention that I referred you along with the special discount code, “FRIEND,” to receive this great training DVD.

NAIA logo></a><P><A title= The National Association of Independent Artists is a group whose purpose is to enhance the economic well-being of artists who exhibit their work at high quality outdoor and indoor art and/or fine craft shows, encourage creative expression and artistic excellence, and expand public awareness, appreciation and acquisition of fine art and fine craft.


Ohio Arts Council  The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. The Ohio Arts Council was created in 1965 to “foster and encourage the development of the arts and assist the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage.” The Council believes the arts should be shared by the people of Ohio. The arts arise from public, individual and organizational efforts. The OAC supports and encourages these efforts.


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