Friday, April 22, 2016


Final Presentations

As part of your final assignment, you will be creating and delivering a presentation of your work to the class.  The intent of this project is to help you become familiar with speaking about your work and speaking in public.

For the presentation, you should consider the following for a possible outline

1. Introduction- who are you? where are you from? what are your interests?  where do you currently work/ study?   Give us an idea of who you are, what makes you tick.  You could include everything from personal interests, to things you collect, to your favorite foods.     But, do this in a short amount of time (less than a minute).  Remember.... it's only an introduction.   Then you can discuss the work that you have done in the class.   Things to consider:

What was the focus of the work
  • What themes, ideas and concerns does your work consider?
  • Talk about the work from a conceptual, thematic, and/or emotional point of view.
  • The ‘intention' behind the work; what do you want the work to achieve?
  • What do you want the viewer to feel, learn, or come away with after viewing the work?
  • What kind of questions does your work raise?
Materials and process
  • What media do you work with? What interests you about work of this type? Was it a scanogram? did you create photos to assist in the process? 
  • Why did you work in this manner? Is there a relationship between the media and the ideas that you work with?
  • What processes are involved in the work and how are they relevant to the ideas you are dealing with?
Inspirations — historical, personal, social
  • Are there any outside influences and ideas, perhaps from outside the arts, which have bearing on your work?
  • Connect the work to something outside of art. That “something” can be homespun observations, personal history, contemporary issues, science, politics…
  • Any artists or writers you referenced or were influenced by during the process
After you have talked about your work you could conclude with information regarding: 

Future projects, goals and exhibitions/screenings

  • What are your future goals in college?  
  • where would you like to exhibit/screen your work?
  • How does this work fit into the overall flow of your development as an artist?

You should use PowerPoint, your website, or your class blog to assist you as a visual reference. 

Your presentation should be about five minutes

Friday, April 8, 2016

Week 10_Photoshop Final


1. Research Swiss Design or International Typographic Style and write a one page paper covering the basics of their philosophies of design, layout and typography.   Please include images in your research.     Here is a link to the documentary on Helvetica.

2. Collaged Poster
*at least 10 images, half must be authored by student *must use some element of type in the poster.   Perhaps you would like to make a poster for your first solo show at the Whitney, perhaps this is a promotional poster (like that for a movie, play, or even a travel poster) 

I leave this up to you, but I want Original work.  You may use digital painting techniques if you like. 

You will receive an extra 10 points if you complete the submission process and enter your poster in one of the poster contests that you find online.  This project will require some research and some critical thinking and idea generating/brainstorming.   It would be wise to use a sketchbook to organize your ideas and your designs before executing the digital manipulation. 

Here are some links to poster design contests:

SAMPLE POSTERS FROM PREVIOUS CLASSES:  (note: these were not required to submit or required to create posters for a specific reason) 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Additional Homework for this week....

RELAX and watch these videos.  PLEASE!!!

This week we are finishing up with exclusive Photoshop assignments. I'm embedding more photoshop tool tutorials which should round out the tools you haven't used so far in the course. These tools are probably "lesser used" and you may or may not require them (often) in your future work, but I'm putting them on here so you know the capabilities and can use them if you ever need to.

Perspective Crop Tool 

Color Picker and Color Sampler

Ruler, Note, Count Tools--this is a longer tutorial... kinda boring too.

Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, Patch Tools

Photoshop Painting Tools

History Brush

Background Eraser

Magic Eraser