Design I // Line Explosion

Fall 2016: My Design I class is a sweet group. I have 15 girls and 2 guys. (Where are the creative major guys these days?!) Most of them are Interior Design majors, but I also have a few representing Fine Art, Photography, and Floral Management.

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.

anna-terry_line_fluffyprickly

by Anna Terry: fluffy, prickly

caroline-fitzwater_line_confusion

by Caroline Fitzwater: confusion

elise-sears_line_mellowawkward

by Elise Sears: mellow, awkward

karleigh-harfst_line_violentdeepwrinkled

by Karleigh Harfst: violent, deep, wrinkled

marykatherine-swindoll_line_noisywhimsical

by Mary Katherine Swindoll: noisy, whimsical

megan-henry_line_frustratedgrouchy

by Megan Henry: frustrated, grouchy

megan-norman_line_angryaggressive

by Megan Norman: angry, aggressive

ashtyn-carpenter_line_exciteddeepmighty

by Ashtyn Carpenter: excited, deep, mighty

Papermaking with Anya

Anya is a sweet friend of my neighbors. She spent a few hours with me a couple mornings during the summer to learn how to make paper. We had a great time together! Here are some photos from the session. She loved making paper! (Isn’t she just adorable?! And she’s just as sweet, too.)

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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

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

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

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