Design I // Stop Motion Animation Final

For my Spring 2016 Design I class, I decided to do something different for their final project to focus on time and motion. When I was a graduate student and instructor of record at Louisiana Tech University, my Basic Design class produced stop motion animation films for their final project. With technology speeding ahead these days, I thought it was time to bring this project to Mississippi State University.

Students had to produce a one-minute stop motion animation consisting of photography and sound. Creativity wise, the sky was the limit! The best video-editing software available to them were Apple iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. The more frames per second that were compiled, the smoother the video appeared. To put this into perspective, the Wallace & Gromit 30-minute shorts were shot close to 20 frames per second, adding up to be around 35,000 shots per video. That’s a bit extreme for my students, so they were encouraged to place at least two frames per second. We also watched short films by Disney and Tim Burton, and the hilarious YouTube classic “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On“.

It was a challenge for students to work on an art project of this scale, especially if they were new to video-editing software. However, they were very proud of themselves for figuring out such a feat. We had a lot of fun in both sections eating snacks and watching everyone’s videos, and celebrating the end of another school year!

Below are some examples of what was submitted. So turn up your audio and be entertained by these one-minute shorts!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Mimi Sheppard

 

AK-Russell

 

Jeremy Hamilton, "Brains"

 

Emory Endicott

 

Malik Henley

 

Mary Hannah Ruff, "Words"

 

Anna Katherine Surholt

 

Gabrielle Martinez

 

Elizabeth Costa

 

Kyle Murphy

 

Olivia Williams

Design I // Space & Perspective Final

For Fall 2015 Design I’s sixth and final project, we focused on value. Students drew a complex shape incorporating only 90° angles, and had to turn it into a 3D form, rotating and moving it through space using acrylic paint. For tough angles that were harder to imagine, they downloaded apps such as Think 3D and SketchUp, or built their shape the old-fashioned way with Legos and turned the shape in hand. They implemented the one-point perspective system of drawing to exaggerate their forms at particular angles. It is a mind-boggling assignment, and challenges students to think beyond what they have done on a flat surface. As always, craftsmanship is important and the image must include a full range of grey scale values.

Below are some of the pieces that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Annie-Kesler_Perspective

by Annie Kesler

Christine-Smith_Perspective

by Christine Smith

Hannah-McCain_Perspective

by Hannah McCain

Jessi-Holloway_Perspective

by Jessi Holloway

Kaitlynn-Harness_Perspective

by Kaitlynn Harness

Wrenn-Parrish_Perspective

by Wrenn Parrish

Zynettra-Woodard_Perspective

by Zynettra Woodard

Design I // Value

For Design I’s fifth project, we focused on value. Students chose a photograph, magazine ad, or calendar photo, and were challenged to extract color from their chosen area, leaving only value. They painted 20–25% of the photo with white, black, and grey acrylic paint, following the original values so closely that their painted shape fit seamlessly on top of its unpainted photograph. This challenge was much like a “paint-by-number” activity. If a well-done solution is photographed or Xeroxed in black and white, it should be difficult to distinguish the area painted in greys from the original.

Below are some of the pieces that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Fall 2015 // 1 section

Annie-Kesler_Value

by Annie Kesler

Christine-Smith_Value

by Christine Smith

Hannah-McCain_Value

by Hannah McCain

Jessi-Holloway_Value

by Jessi Holloway

Josie-Goodman_Value

by Josie Goodman

Kaitlynn-Harness_Value

by Kaitlynn Harness

Rachel-Wilson_Value

by Rachel Wilson

Wrenn-Parrish_Value

by Wrenn Parrish

Kayla-Cauthen_Value

by Kayla Cauthen

Spring 2016 // 2 sections

Section1_Emory-Endicott_Value

by Emory Endicott

Section1_Jeremy-Hamilton_Value

by Jeremy Hamilton

Section1_Mary-Zuniga_Value

by Mary Zuniga

Section1_MaryHannah-Ruff_Value

by Mary Hannah Ruff

Section2_AnnaKatherine-Surholt_Value

by Anna Katherine Surholt

Section2_Ashley-Prather_Value

by Ashley Prather

Section2_Elizabeth-Phyfer_Value

by Elizabeth Phyfer

Section2_Gabrielle-Martinez_Value

by Gabrielle Martinez

Section2_Kyle-Murphy_Value

by Kyle Murphy

Section2_Mimi-Sheppard_Value

by Mimi Sheppard

Section2_Olivia-Williams_Value

by Olivia Williams

Intro to Computing // Pen & Pixel

My students’ second Photoshop project was entitled “Pen & Pixel,” in which they had to construct a self portrait. It was a requirement to scan in textures, drawings, paintings, or items they could edit to become a part of the image. Many students demonstrated impressive concepts about themselves. Below are some examples that were turned in. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Fall 2015 // 2 sections

Section1_Alleigh-Moffett_Pen-Pixel

by Alleigh Moffett

Section1_Amy-Farrar_Pen-Pixel

by Amy Farrar

Section1_Carly-Melton_Pen-Pixel

by Carly Melton

Section1_Imani-Smith_Pen-Pixel

by Imani Smith

Section1_Joanna-Bauer_Pen-Pixel

by Joanna Bauer

Section1_Joseph-Garland_Pen-Pixel

by Joseph Garland

Section1_Katie-Erickson_Pen-Pixel

by Katie Erickson

Section4_Alex-Cayson_Pen-Pixel

by Alex Cayson

Section4_Calli-Nelson_Pen-Pixel

by Calli Nelson

Section4_Lauryn-Rody_Pen-Pixel

by Lauryn Rody

Section4_Maddie-Marascalco_Pen-Pixel

by Maddi Marascalco

Section4_Matthew-Rogers_Pen-Pixel

by Matthew Rogers

Section4_Sydney-Armer_Pen-Pixel

by Sydney Armer

Spring 2016 // 1 section

Abbey-Goodman_pen-pixel-copy

by Abbey Goodman

Conner_Booth_Pen-&-Pixel

by Connor Booth

Dion-Coleman_pen-pixel

by Dion Coleman

Katherine-Huang_Pen-Pixel

by Katherine Huang

Stephen_Latham_Pen&Pixel

by Stephen Latham

taylor_darby_penandpixel

by Taylor Darby

Design I // Texture

For Design I’s fourth project, we focused on texture. Students collected an assortment of black and white textures including…
found (photography, magazines, books)
rubbed (charcoal rubbing of physical texture on paper)
created (using a range of mediums to invent a texture).

Then they collaged and glued them together into a quilt block pattern of their choice. They had to be precise and mindful of their workmanship. Since they were working with a grid and pattern, slight mistakes would be noticeable.

Below are some of the composition sets that were submitted. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results!

* I have permission from my students to promote their work on my website.

Fall 2015 // 1 section

Annie-Kesler_Texture

by Annie Kesler

Christina-Stachowski_Texture

by Christina Stachowski

Hannah-McCain_Texture

by Hannah McCain

Jessie-Holloway_Texture

by Jessie Holloway

Josie-Goodman_Texture

by Jessie Goodman

Kaitlynn-Harness_Texture

by Kaitlynn Harness

Wrenn-Parrish_Texture

by Wrenn Parrish

Zynettra-Woodard_Texture

by Zynettra Woodard

Spring 2016 // 2 sections

Section1_AK-Russell_Texture

by AK Russell

Section1_Carson-Brantley_Texture

by Carson Brantley

Section1_Grant-Carter_Texture

by Grant Carter

Section1_Johnathon-Johnson_Texture

by Jonathan Johnson

Section1_Mary-Zuniga_Texture

by Mary Zuniga

Section1_MaryHannah-Ruff_Texture

by Mary Hannah Ruff

Section2_AnnaKatherine-Surholt_Texture

by Anna Katherine Surholt

Section2_Elizabeth-Phyfer_Texture

by Elizabeth Phyfer

Section2_KacieLynn-James_Texture

by Kacie Lynn James

Section2_Kenan-Morris_Texture

by Kenan Morris

Section2_Kyle-Murphy_Texture

by Kyle Murphy

Section2_Mimi-Sheppard_Texture

by Mimi Sheppard

Section2_Olivia-Williams_Texture

by Olivia Williams

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