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

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

01_cecilia_lemus_impossible_reality
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

MSU Summer Arts Camp 2016

Hi everyone,

Last week, Mississippi State University’s art department hosted their annual INvision art camp for high school students. These kids got to experience a taste of life as an MSU college art student by living in a campus dorm, eating campus food, becoming familiar with campus grounds through planned social activities, and making art.

I led three workshops– Photoshop, t-shirt design, and book binding. Other workshops offered by MSU faculty included ceramics and drawing. This event is a fun getaway that helps students decide if art and design has a part in their college future. Even more, we hope it attracts them to choose MSU for their college education!

This summer we had 10 high schoolers in attendance. This bunch of kids were an exceptional group. They were so polite and eager to learn. I enjoyed teaching them.

Below are images of what the students produced in my workshops, lasting a couple hours each. Action shots are credited to art department technology coordinator Aaron McElfish, originally posted on the MSU Art Galleries Facebook page.

PHOTOSHOP
The goal was to design a surreal composition using stock photography found on the Internet.

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Savannah-Alley-final
by Savannah Alley
Savannah-Alley
by Savannah Alley
shelbyhatfield
by Shelby Hatfield
EmmaJones
by Emma Jones
emmajones07
by Emma Jones
ginnybrown
by Ginny Brown
ivy-williamson
by Ivy Williamson
kendall-young
by Kendall Young
kendallyoung2
by Kendall Young
MaryCiochetty
by Mary Ciochetty
Corey-Moore
by Corey Moore
photoshop2evelynh
by Evelyn H
photoshopevelynh
by Evelyn H
TalleytheGreat
by Ty Talley

 

BOOK BINDING
Students learned how to fold and bind a multi-section hardback book. See an online tutorial HERE.

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MSU Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and dear friend Elizabeth Tofte also joined us for the book binding workshop.

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{Continue scrolling to see examples of their finished books…}

T-SHIRT DESIGN
Students collaboratively drew patterns inside a bulldog’s face, representative of our school mascot. Information about the event will be typed underneath. It will be screen printed white on maroon shirts. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

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INVISION ART EXHIBITION
Students hung and placed their artwork from the week inside MSU’s Visual Arts Center to share with their families before leaving for home. (Look at those gorgeous hand-bound books!)

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It was a great week! If you know a high school student that has an interest in art, I hope you will share this opportunity with them so they can attend next summer!

MSU Summer Arts Camp 2015

Hello world! It has been awhile since I have documented my art and teaching experience on the web. You last heard from me in May as I was wrapping up the spring semester. Summer brought new experiences, visiting friends and family, making new discoveries to improve my health, lots of gluten free cooking, and REST. I also finished buying the supplies I needed to convert my apartment dining room and back porch into a papermaking studio! I will share in future blog posts how I’ve been using my home studio, what my students are doing this fall semester, and more exciting news.

Between June 5th-12th, I volunteered to lead three workshops for Mississippi State University’s art camp for high school students. The camp has been an annual event for three years now for students that are 16-years-old through incoming college freshman. I taught a recycled papermaking workshop, and beginner workshops about Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students also learned about photography, graphic design, drawing, ceramics, and sculpting processes from other MSU faculty.

What is great about this event? Young students get to have a hands-on experience with all types of mediums and processes, and decide if art and design has a part in their college future!

Below are examples of what students produced in my workshops, lasting a couple hours each:

ILLUSTRATOR
Students constructed and stylized an animal of their choice in the Adobe software.

by Thomas Kennedy
by Thomas Kennedy
by Sarah Hoing
by Sarah Hoing
by Phillip Merryman
by Phillip Merryman
by Phillip Vosbein
by Phillip Vosbein
by Natalie Blaylock
by Natalie Blaylock
by Mary Preston
by Mary Preston
by Kristen Page Stacy
by Kristen Page Stacy
by Jordan Kirk
by Jordan Kirk
by Jana Hubbard
by Jana Hubbard
by Ivy Williamson
by Ivy Williamson
by Haley Lawrence
by Haley Lawrence
by Caroline Harris
by Caroline Harris

PHOTOSHOP
Students’ goal was to design a non-objective, abstract composition that creates space and interest. They needed to experiment to consider color and value as they worked in the Adobe software.

by Caroline Harris
by Caroline Harris
by Tatum Roper
by Tatum Roper
by Sam Turba
by Sam Turba
by Phillip Merryman
by Phillip Merryman
by Emily Manning
by Emily Manning
by Jordan Kirk
by Jordan Kirk
by Jana Hubbard
by Jana Hubbard
by Haley Green
by Haley Green

 

PAPERMAKING
Each student had the opportunity to make at least two sheets of hand-recycled paper with the supplied paper, leaves, flowers, grass, and dyes to their creative liking.
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If you know a high school student that has an interest in art, I hope you will share this opportunity with them so they can attend next summer!

More to come….

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.

by Ali Meeler
by Ali Meeler
by Sarah Tewolde
by Sarah Tewolde
by Randi Watson
by Randi Watson
by Morgan Linnett
by Morgan Linnett
by Justin Mayfield
by Justin Mayfield
by Heather Hardman
by Heather Hardman

Intermediate Computing for Design // Nature Posters

The fourth project for Intermediate Computing for Design class was to create two poster designs for a fictional lecture called “Nature as Design.” One had to be done using Illustrator, and the other using Photoshop and InDesign. The challenge was to design two posters that have a cohesive, complimentary style and will catch the public’s eye. Using different software to create the same effect for different posters also helped inform the students the differences between the programs’ capabilities.

This project was their first project dealing with typography. Students were also required to print their designs on special non-coated textural and/or colored paper ordered online. Most students chose to order from Neenah. As this was their first time printing on paper other than Epson, they had to make adjustments in relation to image color and contrast.

Below are photographs of posters 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.

by Layne Smith, grey paper
by Layne Smith, grey paper
by Jeremy Childress, speckled creme-toned paper
by Jeremy Childress, speckled creme-toned paper
by Keats Haupt, grey paper
by Keats Haupt, grey paper
by Erin Frazier, yellow-toned paper
by Erin Frazier, yellow-toned paper
by Brittany Roberts, light grey paper
by Brittany Roberts, light grey paper
by Anna Zollicoffer, white column paper
by Anna Zollicoffer, white column paper
by McKinley Ranager, pearly white paper
by McKinley Ranager, pearly white paper
by Kelsey Bishop, white column paper
by Kelsey Bishop, white column paper
by Austin Thomas, white paper
by Austin Thomas, white paper
by Logan Sanders, white column paper
by Logan Sanders, white column paper
by Ian Green, vector image redo as an exercise to demonstrate what he learned after the project critique
by Ian Green, vector image redo as an exercise to demonstrate what he learned after the project critique

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.

by Ali Meeler
by Ali Meeler
by Justin Mayfield
by Justin Mayfield
by Heather Hardman
by Heather Hardman
by Randi Watson
by Randi Watson
by Morgan Linnett
by Morgan Linnett
by Tré Braswell
by Tré Braswell
by Sarah Tewolde
by Sarah Tewolde