Creating Art With The Computer
Yolanda Martin, Teacher

I am now giving private watercolor lessons in my home art studio providing my supplies if needed to those close friends brave enough to be my students and who are interested primarily in their personal wellness. The student should anticipate and appreciate the therapeutic benefits to be derived by creating their own fine art by discovery learning and however they may choose.

They can enjoy creating their "masterpieces" purely for their own satisfaction and sense of well being. I will help them finish and frame their art for hanging in their home, their friends home, or some world renown art gallery.

Also, if requested, I will be providing lessons in Digital Photo Editing with my computer using Paint Shop Pro 9. I will teach how a photo can be transformed into a fine art portrait or image. It is also an introduction to Computer Art Imagery and Digital Painting using my Wacom Tablet and Stylus and Windows XP Paint Shop Pro 9 on my HP Personal Desktop Computer.

For some, I will teach the basics of computer usage before advancing the student to creating art images with the computer. The student should want to experience the opportunity for expressing their creativity and inner self using the computer.

The emphasis is on developing a fun and enjoyable relationship with the computer and discovering all the things the computer can do to augment whatever art skills they presently have already acquired in life.

Students will have the opportunity for my friendly one on one personalized instruction and also they will be able to experience my computer environment which is fully equipped for creating Computer Graphic Design and Images.

If they decide to do so they can purchase PSP or another photo editing program of their choice (I have 5 different ones installed on my computer) and install their program choice on their own computer. I can visit them in their home and on their computer help them do that.

When they have progressed beyond my beginner's and intermediate level instruction, I will guide them to computer online tutorials and other educational online computer art resources for their continued computer assisted education with moderators world wide who review the students work sent to them via email.

I look forward to teaching and sharing the skills I have attained during my life and my career with others. My compensation gratuity is negotiable and fair and is for art resources and work space used.

I believe the 2 most valuable things to know how to do to learn more advanced HTML coding are producing a computer monitor screen print to a .jpg image so that problems as seen on your monitor or something you wish to capture can be shared with another remotely or referenced later and the second is the ability to view the source coding of other web sites or your own online while using Internet Explorer. Finally, having a the CSE Validator program to code, check and see the results of your HTML handiwork is very essential and educational itself. For screen shots to .jpg images there is a free tool utility to do this to be downloaded at called SnapShot which is very easy to use or you can do it yourself by hitting the prtsc button on your keyboard top row then going to a photo editing program and in edit/paste/as new image then file save as .jpg the screen monitor image. What photo editing program do you use? There is the Paint program that is part of Microsoft that comes with Vista or other commercial products. I have PSP9, Photoshop, Corel Painter x and 11, and PhotoImpact and a few others just to be versatile in how the different programs accomplish different things or the same thing differently.

To view source code HTML in Internet Explorer browser look at the top where you see File ...... the menu options bar of commands then in your Internet Explorer browser click on View/Toolbars/ and check mark menu bar ... click on source and you will then see the web source for what ever web page you are visiting that is currently on your monitor at the time you click source... some web sites have prohibited or prevented the ability to view source but most do not and you will be glad to use this feature. If you do not see the File menu options bar then you must right click on a space on the tab line of your Internet Explorer browser and check mark menu so that you can reveal the File menu options bar.

The other tool most helpful for HTML coding is CSE Validator and I use their upgraded Standard version but they also have a free version .. the second screen shot follows the first shot below and the second shows my CSE Validator and the help about info you would need to obtain their product.

I don't know how much HTML you have learned so far, but I took 3 courses (cost) $25 each from Visual Arts Academy, Mary White was my instructor and each course is 6 weeks time.... However, those course just teach the fundamentals and you really learn when you begin coding your own web sites or reading and understanding the source code of your favorite web sites.

Interest is the best educator. I majored in mathematics and minored in education at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Art has always been my avocation, my ad vocation, and developing computer software was my actual vocation in life. I am qualified to teach and hope the student will want to learn.

Yolanda May Martin
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Murphy's Top 11 Computer Laws

  1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
  2. When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it's probably obsolete.
  3. The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you'd least expect to find it.
  4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.
  5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
  6. To err is blame your computer for your mistakes is even more human, its downright natural.
  7. He who laughs last, probably has a back-up.
  8. The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
  9. A complex system that doesn't work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
  10. A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but rarely what you want it to do.
  11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST... The computer knows more about ART than you do and always will!
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44 inches by 30 inches Giclee' print, November 2008

It seems there are so very many talented and able artists in the world ..... tough competition indeed, so I just satisfy myself by creating my art and enjoying the pleasure and progress I derive in the process. I try not to compete, compare, or critically judge others in life but strive to learn and improve and make friends along the way. So in that frame of mind I try to be helpful to others by sharing what I have learned and hope that they will reciprocate likewise.

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Web Page Updated February 28, 2010