Thursday, February 23

Class Starter:  Creative Commons – Royalty Free – Public Domain 


Creative Commons: a kind of copyright that makes it easy for people to copy, share, and build on someone’s creative work – as long as they give the creator credit for it

Royaltyfree:  The right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.

public domain: creative work that’s not protected by copyright and is therefore free for one to use however one wants

Class Activity:  Check out Library of Congress & Incompetech697_234

The Library of Congress has an interesting history.

The Library of Congress was established by an act of Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. The legislation described a reference library for Congress only, containing “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress – and for putting up a suitable apartment for containing them therein…”  You can find more to read about the history, here.

Incompetech is  a website where you can download mp3 files that are FREE & royalty free, also!  What that means is that the creator of the music has released their work with a Creative Commons license.  Simply put, if you use media with a Creative Commons liscense, you are required to attribute the piece to it’s creator. 

For example, I downloaded Zanzibar.mp3 

Credit this piece by copying the following to your credits section:

Zanzibar Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Wednesday, March 23

Class Starter:  Public Domain

We have learned about copyright and fair use. Did you know that there is a collection of literature, photography, video and art that is not restricted by copyright? It is in the public domain. An impressive collection is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

What is the Library of Congress?
The Library serves as the research arm of Congress and is recognized as the national library of the United States. Its collections comprise the world’s most comprehensive record of human creativity and knowledge. Open to those age 16 and older without charge or special permission, it is the world’s largest library and a great resource to scholars and researchers.


Cavalry Guild Presbyterian Church presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore”
Title: Cavalry Guild Presbyterian Church presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore”
Creator(s): Schuler, Earl, artist

I discovered this is art poster in the online gallery of the Library of Congress. I love the style and the graphic design created by the artist, Earl Schuler for a stage production of the HMS Pinafore in Cincinnati. When I dug a little deeper about the many posters I found, I was pretty impressed that these posters were sponsored by the WPA.

Take some time (30 minutes) today to look at The Library of Congress online gallery.  Find an image or work of art that interests you and download that image. Remember to copy the attribution.

Write a blog post about what you discovered there, including the image and the attribution. (30 points) 

After you have finished your blog post – use the rest of class to finish your GIMP assignments. To turn in your finished graphic, go to the file menu on the top of the GIMP menu, go to “export as” and select png. Name the file, GIMP-2.png and make sure you put it in your class folder for a grade. (50 points possible)

 *if you are still working on GIMP-1, finish it now and move to GIMP-2.