Intro to Computing // Impossible Reality

For my students’ first Photoshop project, I wanted them to think outside the box and create an “Impossible Reality”. They had to gather their original photography and make new photos as needed to compose their surreal image. The main artist of inspiration was Eric Johansson. He is an incredible Photoshop artist, but also kind enough to post photos and videos to demonstrate his entire process, which is great for beginners to see. Like Eric, they needed to produce an image that tricks the eye to appear realistic.

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_Abbey-Rigdon_ImpossibleReality

by Abbey Rigdon

Section1_Alleigh-Moffett_ImpossibleReality

by Alleigh Moffett

Section1_Amy-Farrar_ImpossibleReality

by Amy Farrar

Section1_Carly-Melton_ImpossibleReality

by Carly Melton

Section1_Imani-Smith_ImpossibleReality

by Imani Smith

Section1_Katie-Erickson_ImpossibleReality-

by Katie Erickson

Section1_Phoebe-Fitzgerald_ImpossibleReality

by Phoebe Fitzgerald

Section4_Alex-Cayson_Impossible-reality

by Alex Cayson

Section4_Haylee-Upton_Impossible-Reality

by Haylee Upton

Section4_Katherine-Moore_Impossible-Reality

by Katherine Moore

Section4_Lauryn-Rody_Impossible-Reality

by Lauryn Rody

Section4_Maddie-Marascalco_Impossible-Reality

by Maddie Marascalco

Section4_Nicolette-Johnson_Impossible-Reality

by Nicolette Johnson

Spring 2016 // 1 section

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by Cecilia Lemus

Abbey-Goodman_impossible-reality

by Abbey Goodman

ConnerBooth-impossible-reality

by Connor Booth

Gerard-Woods-Impossible-reality

by Gerard Woods

Katherine-Huang_Impossible-Reality

by Katherine Huang

Stephen_Latham_Impossible_Reality_Cyborg

by Stephen Latham

Design I // Balance

For Design I’s third project, we focused on balance. Students constructed 4 compositions based on the following options of balance: symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial, and pattern. Their theme had to be inspired by the lyrics of a song or poem of their choosing. The medium used to depict these shapes was black construction paper, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They also had to implement the elements and principles of design in their work. Some students even accepted the challenge of making 3D pop-up elements.

Unfortunately I did not do a good job of keeping documentation of the songs and poems the students were inspired by.

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

Christine-Smith_Balance

Design by Christine Smith

Annie-Kesler_Balance

Design by Annie Kesler

Hannah-McCain_Balance

Song: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”; Design by Hannah McCain

Jessie-Holloway_Balance

Song: “How to Save a Life” by the Fray; Design by Jessie Holloway

Josie-Goodman_Balance

Design by Josie Goodman

Kaitlynn-Harness_Balance

Deisgn by Kaitlynn Harness

Lexus-Nealy_Balance

Design by Lexus Nealy

Rachel-Wilson_Balance

Design by Rachel Wilson

Wrenn-Parrish_Balance

Song: “Hail State”; Design by Wrenn Parrish

Zynettra-Woodard_Balance

Design by Zynettra Woodard

Spring 2016 // 2 sections

Carson-Brantly_Balance

Design by Carson Brantley

Colin-Brown_Balance

Design by Colin Brown

Elizabeth-Phyfer_Balance

Design by Elizabeth Phyfer

Emory-Endicott_Balance

Design by Emory Endicott

Gabrielle-Martinez_Balance

Design by Gabrielle Martinez

Grant-Carter_Balance

Design by Grant Carter

Jeremy-Hamilton_Balance

Design by Jeremy Hamilton

Johnathon-Johnson_Balance

Design by Johnathon Johnson

Mary-Zuniga_Balance

Song: “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift; Design by Mary Zuniga

Mimi-Sheperd_Balance2

Design by Mimi Shepherd

Olivia-Williams_Balance

Poem: “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”; Design by Olivia Williams

Intro to Computing Art // OMG Movie Character

For students to refine their skills using Adobe Illustrator’s Pen Tool, my students accepted the challenge of the OMG project, as in “Oh my gosh, this is so hard and time consuming!!!” But the effort is well worth the outcome. The objective: Recreate a movie scene with your own models and photography.  Then use the photo as a template to make a vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator.  Tiny solid shapes make up the entirety of the photo to make a realistic representation.  They spent about three weeks on the project. The process is like creating a digital painting! Below are some examples that were turned in. I also included the outline imagery of a couple illustrations to show the number of shapes that were created to make up the compositions. All have aspects to be improved upon for their portfolio, but overall I was very pleased with their results! These illustrations are sure to blow your mind!

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

Fall 2015 // 2 sections

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O Brother Where Art Thou by Katie Erickson

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Abbey-Rigdon_TheHangover

The Hangover by Abbey Rigdon

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22 Jumpstreet by Alleigh Moffett

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly by Amy Farrar

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The Hobbit by Carly Melton

MeanGirls

Mean Girls by Isabelle Cottrell

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Breakfast Club by Joseph Garland

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The Other Woman by Kenan Simpkins

Vector Illustration [Recovered]

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Phoebe Fitzgerald

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Love & Basketball by Tykia Joseph

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Nightcrawler by Alex Cayson

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Shutter Island by Becca Van Horn

Section4_Calli_Nelson_LegallyBlonde-01

Legally Blond by Calli Nelson

Section04_HayleeUpton_CoolHandLuke

Cool Hand Luke by Haylee Upton

Section04-Justice-Williams-Mulan

Mulan by Justice Williams

Section04_Matthew-Rogers_Prisoners

Prisoners by Matthew Rogers

Section4_Nicolette-Johnson_PrincessMononoke

Princess Mononoke by Nicolette Johnson

Section4_Samantha-Sumrall_FriedGreenTomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes by Samantha Sumrall

Section4_Victoria-Martin_SherlockHolmes-01

Sherlock Holmes by Victoria Martin

Spring 2016 // 1 section

Cara-Moore_BreakfastAtTiffanys

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Cara Moore

Cecilia_Lemus_FightClub

Fight Club by Cecilia Lemus

ConnerBooth_PhantomoftheOpera

Phantom of the Opera by Connor Booth

Katherine-Huang_Anne_of_Green_Gables

Anne of Green Gables by Katherine Huang

Section1_Dion_Coleman_Scream4

Scream 4 by Dion Colemon

Stephen_Latham_Reservior_Dogs

Reservoir Dogs by Stephen Latham

OMG project

Harry Potter by Victoria Allgood

Design I // Shape

As mentioned before, I will be catching up this summer to feature artwork my students produced over the last school year.

For Design I’s second project, we focused on geometric and organic shapes. Students constructed 3 compositions: 1 for all geometric, 1 for all organic, and 1 for a combination of geometric and organic. The medium used to depict these shapes was black construction paper, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They also had to implement the elements and principles of design in their work. Some students even accepted the challenge of making 3D pop-up elements.

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

Caitlin-Gardner_Shape_Combo

Combo by Caitlin Gardner

Caitlin-Gardner_Shape_Org

Organic by Caitlin Gardner

Christina-Stachowski_Shape_Combo

Combo by Christina Stachowski

Christina-Stachowski_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Christina Stachowski

Christine-Smith_Shape_Org

Organic by Christine Smith

Hannah-McCain_Shape_Combo

Combo by Hannah McCain

Jessi-Holloway_Shape_Combo

Combo by Jessi Holloway

Jessi-Holloway_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Jessi Holloway

Josie-Goodman_Shape_Combo

Combo by Josie Goodman

Josie-Goodman_Shape_Org

Organic by Josie Goodman

Kaitlynn-Harness_Shape_Org

Organic by Kaitlynn Harness

Rachel-Wilson_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Rachel Wilson

Serina-Popham_Shape_Combo

Combo by Serina Popham

Serina-Popham_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Serina Popham

Wrenn-Parrish_Shape_Combo

Combo by Wrenn Parrish

Wrenn-Parrish_Shape_Org

Organic by Wrenn Parrish

Zynettra-Woodard_Shape_Combo

Combo by Zynettra Woodard

Zynettra-Woodard_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Zynettra Woodard

SPRING 2015

During the Spring semester I taught two sections of Design I.

AK-Russell_Shape_Org

Organic by AK Russell

AnnaKatherine-Surholt_Shape_Org

Organic by Anna Katherine Surholt

Ashley-Prather_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Ashley Prather

Bekah-Rhett_Shape_Org

Organic by Bekah Rhett

Brooklyn-Breedlove_Shape_Combo

Combo by Brooklyn Breedlove

Carson-Brantley_Shape_Combo

Combo by Carson Brantley

Colin-Brown_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Colin Brown

Grant-Carter_Shape_Combo

Combo by Grant Carter

Grant-Carter_Shape_Org

Organic by Grant Carter

Jeremy-Hamilton_Shape_Combo

Combo by Jeremy Hamilton

Jeremy-Hamilton_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Jeremy Hamilton

Jeremy-Hamilton_Shape_Org

Organic by Jeremy Hamilton

Johnathon-Johnson_Shape_Org

Organic by Johnathon Johnson

KacieLynn-James_Shape_Org

Organic by Kacie Lynn James

Kyle-Murphy_Shape_Comb

Combo by Kyle Murphy

Kyle-Murphy_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Kyle Murphy

Kyle-Murphy_Shape_Org

Organic by Kyle Murphy

Malik-Henley_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Malik Henley

Mary-Zuniga_Shape_Combo

Combo by Mary Zuniga

Mary-Zuniga_Shape_Org

Organic by Mary Zuniga

MaryHannah-Ruff_Shape_Combo

Combo by Mary Hannah Ruff

Mimi-Shepherd_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Mimi Shepherd

Mimi-Shepherd_Shape_Org

Organic by Mimi Shepherd

Olivia-Ketchum_Shape_Combo

Combo by Olivia Ketchum

Olivia-Ketchum_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Olivia Ketchum

Olivia-Ketchum_Shape_Org

Organic by Olivia Ketchum

Olivia-Williams_Shape_Combo

Combo by Olivia Williams

Olivia-Williams_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Olivia Williams

Olivia-Williams_Shape_Org

Organic by Olivia Williams

Rachel-Davis_Shape_Geo

Geometric by Rachel Davis

Organic Papermaking Workshop 1

I had the pleasure of teaching a 14 year old girl named Anandi how to make natural-looking hand-recycled paper a couple weeks ago. She was so sweet and full of creative ideas. Anandi also used a template of Mississippi that I made in graduate school to make Mississippi-shaped paper. Of course we had to mix color pigments together to find the right mix of Mississippi State University MAROON! We had a lot of fun!

Below are photos of the paper she made:

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Intro to Computing Art // Idiom Illustration

FALL 2015

In Intro to Computing, students learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. For their first project, they had to choose an idiom (raining cats and dogs, hit the hay, you are what you eat, etc.) and construct an interesting, successful illustration. Brainstorming processes such as mind mapping and forced connections were introduced.  Then they had to submit a series of thumbnails of their ideas, and narrow down to their top three. Those three were then turned into rough comps that were drawn with sharpies and micron pens, and critiqued with their entire class. The best chosen sketch was scanned into Illustrator, and vector shapes are placed on top. The focus in Illustrator was learning the Pen Tool and layer management.

Below are some first page resume 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.

Section1_Abbey-Rigdon_idiom-ill

by Abbey Rigdon: Pinching Pennies

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by Alleigh Moffett: Whatever Floats Your Boat

section1_Carly-Melton_idiom-ill

by Carly Melton: Sleep Like a Rock

Easy as Pie copy

by Imani Smith: Easy as Pie

section1_Joseph-Garland_idiom-ill

by Joseph Garland: Eat Like a Bird

section1_Katie-Erickson_idiomill

by Katie Erickson: Broken Record

Section1_Phoebe-Fitzgerald_idiom-ill

by Phoebe Fitzgerald: Eye Candy

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by Alex Cayson: Get Off Your High Horse

section1_Becca-VanHorn_idiom-ill

by Becca VanHorn: Sick as a Dog

Cold Turkey

by Samantha Sumrall: Quit Cold Turkey

At this point I would intend to feature the Idiom Illustration student work from my Spring 2016 classes, but I was unfortunately on medical leave. I am thankful my art department colleague and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Suzanne Powney was willing to step in to instruct my Intro to Computing class while I was out.

Design I // Line Explosion

As mentioned before, I will be catching up this summer to feature artwork my students produced over the last school year.

FALL 2015

First up, my Fall 2015 Design I class! This was a special large class made up of ALL GIRLS. Most of them were interior design majors. They were a really sweet bunch and I looked forward to seeing “my girls” on the days I taught them. Their work ethic was pretty phenomenal. The line work these girls demonstrated for their first project as college freshmen is impressive, as you’ll see.

For their first project, we focused on line and the psychological meanings of straight and curvy line work. Students chose 1-3 adjectives to illustrate using line, creating a “line explosion.” The medium used to depict these lines included Sharpies and Micron pens of different thicknesses, and good craftsmanship was emphasized. They were to also implement the elements and principles of design in their work.

Elements: line, shape, mass/form/volume, space, value, color, texture, time/motion.
Principles: balance, rhythm, repetition, unity, variety, size/scale/proportion, emphasis/focal point.

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

Wrenn-Parrish_Line_AwkwardLoud

by Wrenn Parrish: awkward, loud

Serina-Popham_Line_MellowAnger

by Serina Popham: mellow, anger

Kaitlynn-Harness_Line_SharpKnottedWrinkled

by Kaitlynn Harness: sharp, knotted, wrinkled

Josie-Goodman_Line_Violent

by Josie Goodman: violent

Jessi-Holloway_Line_SlowMellowSharp

by Jessi Holloway: slow, mellow, sharp

Christina-Stachowski_Line_DramaticEnchanted

by Christina Stachowski: dramatic, enchanted

Hannah-McCain_Line_WildEnchanted

by Hannah McCain: wild, enchanted

Christine-Smith_Line_MightyMesmerizingMellow

by Christine Smith: mighty, mesmerizing, mellow

Caitlin-Gardner_Line_ElectrifyingBoldWild

by Caitlin Gardner: electrifying, bold, wild

Kayla-Cauthen_Line_CalmMellowBouncy

by Kayla Cauthen: calm, mellow, bouncy

Rachel-Wilson_Line_SteadyLoudMighty

by Rachel Wilson: steady, loud, mighty

Zynettra-Woodard_Line_WhimsicalBoldEnchanted

by Zynettra Woodard: whimsical, bold, enchanted

At this point I would intend to feature the Line Explosion student work from my Spring 2016 classes, but I was unfortunately on medical leave. I am thankful my art department colleague and technology director Aaron McElfish was willing to step in to instruct my Design I classes while I was out.

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