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Re: computers in the art room

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Diane Gregory (dianegregory)
Thu, 16 Jan 1997 21:59:58 -0600

carla harwitt wrote:
> Bob - Do you find that your LCD panel projects good images (clear and
> color-true)? If so, could you please tell me the make and model number?
> I'm trying to decide whether to go for an LCD hookup with a computer, or
> with a TV screen hookup. Some of the artsnet people have been warning me
> that the images projected by an LCD are not great. What do you thinks?
> Thanks. - Carla Harwitt
> On Wed, 15 Jan 1997, Robert Alexander Fromme wrote:
> > Concerning the request for information on computers and software use in the
> > art room, we at East Central High School have five PowerMac platforms (5200
> > AVs, most with 16 megs of memory) and on them we run PhotoShop, Fractal
> > Design Painter, Avid Videoshop, Claris Works, One one of the machines (with
> > 32 megs of memory) we run Vidio Fusion with some of the other software. We
> > have one MAC 60/6600 AV which runs PhotoShop, Painter and Avid Videoshop,
> > Adobe Premier, and Ofoto scanning software. We also have 3 Zip drives on
> > three of these machines since image files are very large and will often go
> > beyond 1.44 megs or the size of a single floppy. We have only a H.P. 540 B&W
> > Printer so we are developing exhibition space on the Web and hard copies of
> > the student work are currently done at Kinko's Copies....expensive ...yes,
> > but without a quality color printer we have no other options. We also use
> > one of my personal pawnshop Camcorders for image capture and filming for
> > preliminary quick time work. I usually hook the Color LCD screen into the
> > 60/6600 platform to do my lectures and to take the class surfing offline.
> >
> > We do not yet have a phone line in the classroom so I end up using my
> > machines at home to do a lot of work on the web. I have constructed my home
> > machines from assorted cards, drives, etc. one is a sleepy 486 which runs
> > OS2 and the other is a Pentium running windows 95. On these machines, I
> > run email exchanges for the kids, collect materials from the web for offline
> > surfing using Teleport Pro (Download whole sites) and Unmozify (mine the
> > Netscape Cache directory after surfing) on the Windows95 machine and after
> > moving the web sites and useful lecture materials onto a MAC formatted Zip
> > using Conversion Plus, I bring the materials in to the classroom. I have a
> > personal color scanner and assorted software which I use for lecture
> > preparation at home in the evenings and weekends. In addition to Paintshop
> > Pro, PhotoStacker, Photo Morph, F.D. Dabbler, LView Pro, Gif Construction
> > Kit, and Wordkinx (OCR software). For the work I do on the Web for the
> > District and for the High School I use WSFtp, Netscape 3, and Hotdog Pro. I
> > use Eudora and HyperTerminal for email.
> >
> > Hope this helps.
> >
> > Bob Fromme
> > East Central High School, San Antonio, TX
> >
> >

Dear Carla:

I think using an LCD panel is definately the way to go if you need
large projected images in a typical size art classroom. If you use
color TVs then you will have to probably have two of them.

If you want students to watch a demonstration of what you are
doing there is another option beside an LCD or TV projection. If
you are using a Mac environment, then you get Apple's Network
tool kit if you have several computers networked. This Network
toolkit allows you to take command of your student's computers
and put what is on your computer on their monitor screen. This
will allow them to watch you use the computer so they can learn
the software or other basic operations.

The LCD panel I recommend and the reviews say it is the best is
the Color NView LCD panel that projects millions of colors. The
problem with color distortion is caused by the computer not being
calibrated with the LCD panel. Instructions are usually provided
with the panel as to how to color match or coordinate the colors so
that what is on your computer monitor will be what is projected
on the screen via the LCD panel. You will also have the best
performance from an LCD panel which has a built in light source
which means you will not need to get an overhead projector.

If you can not afford an LCD panel that has a built in light source,
you must use an overhead projector that projects a minimum of
3000 lumens. Regular overhead projectors will not do the trick.
You also may still need to darken the room to be able to see the
projected image.

Hope all of this helps. As you can see I am a big fan of LCD panels.



Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
Art Education and Technology Specialist
Department of Art & Design
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, TX  78666
512-245-2611 (Art Office)
512-245-3768 (Private Office)
512-707-1864 (Home)