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

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