Design I // Suddeth Elementary School Installation

Fall 2016: For Design I’s final project, I wanted to do a collaborative vinyl installation similar to one my class did a couple years ago as blogged about HERE, but in a location with more permanency to be enjoyed by the public. Getting students outside of the classroom to put their skills to use opens them up to the realization that the things they are learning in this freshman level class has meaning and a place in the world.

I contacted Suddeth Elementary School in Starkville, MS to gauge their interest in the project. They happily accepted, and they considered windows throughout their campus that would be an inviting place for colorful vinyl stickers. This hallway with two sets of windows was chosen by their faculty committee for this project:
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Next we had to determine a theme. Suddeth’s faculty committee decided to illustrate quotes based on kindness per set of windows: Plant Kindness, Grow Love and Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti.

My class was split so half were to work on one quote, and the other half focusing on the other quote. Each student brainstormed with a series of thumbnails, and I helped them narrow down to their best idea to be drawn in more detail on proportionally gridded spaces on typing paper in relation to the window dimensions. Then my students voted on the strongest sketches in the class, 3 designs for each quote for a total of 6 ideas.

I invited Principle Mosley to come to our class for a presentation of the top 6 sketches to choose the top theme for each quote. School counselor Mrs. Caradine joined her. After the presentations, they consulted their faculty committee and chose the final designs (labeled as WINNERs below).

Below are images of the top 6 sketches and presentations :

Plant Kindness, Grow Love

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Anna Terry’s sketch

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Anna Terry’s presentation

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Caroline Fitzwater’s sketch

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Caroline Fitzwater’s presentation

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WINNER: Meghan Norman’s sketch

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WINNER: Meghan Norman’s presentation

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti

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Savannah Martinez’s sketch

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Savannah Martinez’s presentation

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Megan Henry’s sketch

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Megan Henry’s presentation

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WINNER: Melissa Sones’ sketch

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WINNER: Melissa Sones’ presentation

Meghan and Melissa were so excited to have their designs chosen!

I scanned in their designs and worked on various color combinations using Adobe Illustrator, only using yellow, blue, red, and green. I also added a fun elementary-feel typeface for the text in place of their sketched handwriting.

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Meghan Norman’s design with color

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Melissa Sones’ design with color

The vinyl was ordered and shipped, so it was time to cut out the stickers! The digital images were projected to scale onto our classroom wall. Students traced off the shapes onto the corresponding colors of vinyl with Sharpies, and handed them off to another group  who cut out the shapes with an X-acto knife and peeled away the unnecessary background vinyl. Then large-surface masking tape was applied on top of the vinyl sticker and labeled to be fully prepped to operate as a sticker for installation day.

Finally it was installation day! Students carpooled over to the school that rainy morning and we got to work.

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Organizing (and sometimes improvising) stickers

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Photo by Megan Bean, MSU Public Affairs Photographer

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Photo by Megan Bean, MSU Public Affairs Photographer

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Working together to separate, organize, and install stickers

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Photo by Megan Bean, MSU Public Affairs Photographer

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Photo by Megan Bean, MSU Public Affairs Photographer

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The finished product!

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The finished product!

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The whole crew: (Top left–right) Mary Katherine Swindoll, me, Tess Frazier, Savannah Martinez, Meghan Norman, Karleigh Harfst, Anna Terry, Hayden Hunt, Dee Triplett & Eric Lindsey. (Bottom left–right) Ashtyn Carpenter, Melissa Sones, Megan Henry, Caroline Fitzwater, Haley Lawrence & Elise Sears.

The project was featured on Mississippi State University’s “State Spotlight” blog on December 8th and MSU’s College of Architecture, Art + Design blog on December 7th.

We greatly appreciate the opportunity of Suddeth Elementary School opening up their hallway for us to use as canvases, and hope the children and faculty enjoy these art installations for many years to come!

 

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.

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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.

Design I // Line Explosion

My Design I class this semester is a a full room of 15 students. I have a mix of students that are experienced and inexperienced with art and design, and all are very hard working.

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.

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 April Porter: steady, whimsical, knotted

by April Porter: steady, whimsical, knotted

by Clif Rodgers

by Clif Rodgers

by Harman Duke: sharp, knotted, bold

by Harman Duke: sharp, knotted, bold

by Jenn McFadden: hypnotic, tangled, mighty

by Jenn McFadden: hypnotic, tangled, mighty

by Jessica Moore

by Jessica Moore

by Kennedy Norman: bold, elegant, cheerful

by Kennedy Norman: bold, elegant, cheerful

by Sam Lawless: bright, broken

by Sam Lawless: bright, broken

by Tuesdai Johnson

by Tuesdai Johnson