Still mooc'ing it, this month two art classes and both enjoyable. LIVE! A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers is done by CalArts, a university specializing in the arts and though I know very little of CalArts, so far I have enjoyed the professionalism of the mooc. My desire is not so much to hang out with other arts enthusiasts, not yet anyway, but to produce art, to be creative, to enjoy what comes through my fingers in form of outward communication, unplanned, serendipitous, hopefully something that makes others think, thrive, live.
The other "art" class, Introduction to Computational Arts: Visual Arts, is teaching how to use digital software programs. Exploration of digital imagery is part of the course description. Adobe Photoshop, a software that can be purchased or "rented online" is used professionally in many settings and a good software for the artist's toolbelt. GIMP, another software being imtroduced in the class, is quite similar but is free open source. I opted at this time to use GIMP and one advantage over Photoshop is the ability to undo history more than one back (see a GIMP of my youngest cat below). Photoshop is limited to one undo. This is a biggy for me.
As far as art goes, I have been investigating different "free" programs online and discovered that in the Google Apps store there are several free apps to use. In fact, the dog looking at the dancing girl in the picture above was done with one of the Google Apps, but it escapes me which one at present. It was one of the pictures that just came out on its own, but expresses freedom. Being bound to this hospital bed, I dream of the freedom to dance, with dogs, with mates, with a free spirit joyfully spinning through life.
Coursera's timing with the arts courses fell perfectly with my desire to return to my art past, from many years ago, and, again, I am happy to have found Coursera. Join me?