Design I // Stop Motion Animation Final

For Design I’s final project, we focused on time and motion. With technology speeding ahead these days, it is beneficial to challenge students to try this as a school project.

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 Apple iMovie & Windows Movie Maker 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.

2 sections:

Ashley Baker

 

Lexi Bennett

 

Cassidy Jones

 

Taylor Robbins

 

Taylor Vaughn

 

Mary Beth McClung

 

Landen Rucker

 

Breanna Rochelle

 

Paige Davis

 

Wes Edgeworth

 

Forrest Beasley

 

Willie Griffin

 

Laken Beasley

 

Jacob Ingram

 

Bess Reilly

 

Zac Varner
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Design I // Texture

For Design I’s fifth 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.

Section4_Breanna-Rochelle_Texture

by Breanna Rochelle

Section4_Landen-Rucker_Texture

by Landen Rucker

Section4_Lexi-Bennett_Texture

by Lexi Bennett

Section4_Olivia-Lewis_Texture

by Olivia Lewis

Section5_Bess-Reilly_Texture

by Bess Reilly

Section5_Samantha-Marshall_Texture

by Samantha Marshall

Section5_Taylor-Fikes_Texture

by Taylor Fikes

Section5_Wes-Edgeworth_Texture

by Wes Edgeworth

Section5_Willie-Griffin_Texture

by Willie Griffin

Section4_Kaleb-Baker_Texture

by Kaleb Baker

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.

Below are some of the composition sets that were submitted.

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

Section4_Abby-Jenkins_Balance_GoodMorningBaltimore-Hairspray

Song: “Good Morning Baltimore” from “Hairspray”; Design by Abby Jenkins

Section4_Ashley-Baker_Balance_HakunaMatata-AshleyBaker

Song: “Hakunamatata” from “The Lion King”; Design by Ashley Baker

Section4_Breanna-Rochelle_Balance_Loverman-Train

Song: “Loverman” by Train; Design by Breanna Rochelle

Section4_Cassidy-Jones_Balance_TinyDancer-EltonJohn

Song: “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John; Design by Cassidy Jones

Section4_Dylan-Turner_Balance_CagedBird-MayaAngelou

Poem: “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou; Design by Dylan Turner

Section4_Kaleb-Baker_Balance_TheHouseOfTheRisingSun-TheAnimals

Song: “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals; Design by Kaleb Baker

Section4_Kimberly-Kazmark_Balance_SpacePoem

Poem about space by unknown writer; Design by Kimberly Kazmark

Section4_Lexi-Bennett_Balance_PianoMan-BillyJoel

Song: “Pianoman” by Billy Joel; Design by Lexi Bennett

Section4_Mary-McClung_Balance_Escape-RupertHolmes

Song: “Escape” by Rupert Holmes; Design by Mary Beth McClung

Section5_Bes-Reilly_Balance_DeathOfABachelor_Panic!AtTheDisco

Song: “Death of a Bachelor” by Panic at the Disco; Design by Bes Reilly

Section5_Jillian-Lovato_Balance_ADreamIsAWishYourHeartMakes-Cinderella

Song: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella”; Design by Jillian Lovato

Section5_Samantha-Marshall_Balance_AWholeNewWorld-Aladdin

Song: “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin”; Design by Samantha Marshall

Section5_Taylor-Fikes_Balance_IJustCantWaitToBeKing-LionKing

Song: “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King”; Design by Taylor Fikes

Section5_Wes-Edgeworth_Balance_HuntinFishin&LovinEveryDay-LukeBryan

Song: “Huntin Fishin Lovin Everyday” by Luke Bryan; Design by Wes Edgeworth

Design I // Texture

Fall 2016: 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.

anna-terry_texture

by Anna Terry

ashtyn-carpenter_texture

by Ashtyn Carpenter

karleigh-harfst_texture

by Karleigh Harfst

marykatherine-swindoll_texture

by Mary Katherine Swindoll

megan-henry_texture

by Megan Henry

meghan-norman_texture

by Meghan Norman

melissa-sones_texture

by Melissa Sones

Design I // Balance

Fall 2016: 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.

Below are a few of the composition sets that were submitted.

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

hayden-hunt_balance_georgiaonmymind_raycharles

Song: “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles; Design by Hayden Hunt

megan-henry_balance_poorunfortunatesouls_thelittlemermaid

Song: “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from Little Mermaid; Design by Megan Henry

meghan-norman_balance_awholenewworld_aladdin

Song: “A Whole New World” from Aladdin; Design by Meghan Norman

Design I // Shape

Fall 2016: 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.

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.

anna-terry_shape_combo

Combo by Anna Terry

anna-terry_shape_geo

Geometric by Anna Terry

ashtyn-carpenter_shape_combo

Combo by Ashtyn Carpenter

ashtyn-carpenter_shape_org

Organic by Ashtyn Carpenter

caroline-fitzwater_shape_combo

Combo by Caroline Fitzwater

elise-sears_shape_geo

Geometric by Elise Sears

hayden-hunt_shape_combo

Combo by Hayden Hunt

hayden-hunt_shape_geo

Geometric by Hayden Hunt

megan-henry_shape_combo

Combo by Megan Henry

megan-henry_shape_geo

Geometric by Megan Henry

megan-norman_shape_combo

Combo by Megan Norman

megan-norman_shape_org

Organic by Megan Norman

melissa-sones_shape_combo

Combo by Melissa Sones

melissa-sones_shape_geo

Geometric by Melissa Sones

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

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