People drawing on iPads


We will use experimental and open source digital image making techniques to create images and convey ideas, thoughts, feelings, and statements. With artist instructor Fallon Simard, students will capture phone camera images and use their own photographs to create new unique colourful abstract, modern, and conceptual images. Digital image making is both present and joyful - it requires an investigation into your own content and requires you to create a vision to turn your unique experiences into art and ideas. 

We’ll be Inspired by the colorful, abstract, modern, and conceptual paintings and installation works of Saulteaux Anishinaabe artist Robert Houle, as featured in the exhibition, Red Is Beautiful. Houle’s work brings First Nations art and traditions to the centre, allowing us to look at Western histories and art through a critical lens. In this online course, we’ll discuss the major themes of Houle’s exhibition, including Sacred Geometry, The Aesthetics of Disappearance, Sovereignty, and more. 

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Participants must be 18 or older. 


Week 1: Discuss and examine the challenging ideas that Houle asserts in his paintings. Introduction to Red. We will discuss the history, legacies, and rights most crucial to Houle’s work in the exhibition. We will begin learning techniques in phone-based image creation to create a basis for multiple digital media compositions. 
Week 2: Explore color, opacity, layering of images and textures. We will experiment with different tools for image editing and how they affect one another. We will learn image-editing and capturing applications, their tools, and their limitations to create the effect we desire in an image. 
Week 3: Introducing portrait, text, and conceptual intentions. By now, we have gone through ideas and the tools needed to transform them into images, and now we will explore applying those techniques to personal images and art. We will continue exploring the digital image tools and techniques through the introduction of detailed work, texture, pattern, and repetition. 
Week 4: Pulling it all together and final conclusions. Continue to work on digital image based compositions, incorporating textured color layers, portraiture, and font-based images. 


  • A camera: Can be a mobile device or digital camera. It will be easier to edit phone based photos from your own archive, but using digital camera photos will work for phone editing as well. 
  • Fully charged battery: This will ensure proper use of phone applications and camera. 
  • Applications to download:
    • Phonto
    • PhotoDirector
    • Pixlr
    • CameraMX
  • Memory: Either a Compact Flash or SD card for your camera, or lots of free space on your mobile device.
  • Cloud-Based Storage: Such as Dropbox or GoogleDrive. You need to have an account for either of these; you only require one. The cloud-based storage will enable you to upload / download photos from your phone, computer, or the internet and save them to your phone to edit using the applications. 

Students to supply their own materials. 



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