Find inspiration in another of your classes!
DO NOT submit the same project for two classes.
Spend 20+ hours and document your progress each hour beginning 4/8/2013. Only 5 of those hours can be spent thinking. Document any hours you spend thinking.
DUE: Monday, April 29 noon
Q: Can I use another art class for inspiration or does it have to be something else?
A: Of course you can use another art class!
Q: How do I document my time spent?
A: Through screen shots and/or photographs of your work in progress. Evident visual progress is key here.
Q: I’ve spent 10 hours on this idea and now I hate it. Can I change my idea?
A: I do not recommend this. Push through and find creative ways to resolve whatever issues you’re having. It will make you a better artist.
Q: Can I make an animation?
Q: Follow up question: Can I make an animation that’s longer than Photoshop will allow?
A: Yes. You could make several animated gifs and then export them as Quicktime movies. Take these clips and put them together in iMovie. Hell, you could just use iMovie; you can import still images into the program. You might also try this nifty program called Pencil. It’s a free download. Finally, if you have Flash, you could use that. It’s a complicated program, though, and you may not want to tackle learning it in the last week of classes.
Q: I’m stuck.
A: Make a list of 50 things you could do. Cross of the first 20 and get started on idea #21.
Engaging Students with UMW Blogs
There is a tradition every semester that I insist my students look at the work of Jeff Baij and respond to it on their university blogs. I came across Baij’s work in the exhibition catalog for Younger Than Jesus, an exhibition of young new media artists at the New Museum. Every year, the students think it’s awful and can’t understand why I would have them look at this guy’s work. Every year, they exclaim to me, “that’s not art, how can THAT be art?”
Every year, Baij responds somehow (the best was the video). And every year, the students are a) tickled that he saw their posts, b) mortified that he saw their posts, c) excited that he responded, or d) sort of apathetic (eh, sorry).
But every year, after they s*** all over his work on their blogs (see some of the more unreserved lashings from previous years on his –> bio <– page), we have one of the best conversations of the semester. It’s a conversation about… art NOW. It’s a conversation about how the Internet has changed the world. It’s a conversation about the pulse. About the banter. About the back and forth indirect communication that can happen over the Internet. It’s about surplus. And making art every day.
LET’S BLOW SOME MORE MINDS.
A chronology of banter:
Jeff Baij I
Jeff Baij II
Jeff Baij III
Jeff Baij IV
Jeff Baij V
Jeff Baij VI
Baij has since recently been mentioned in ArtForum and has agreed to come visit us for a collaborative on campus extravaganza…. check back for details.
After this interaction, I immediately noticed the possibilities for indirect communication. Other artists who have responded, directly and indirectly include Roger Sayre and Jordan Tate.
Please make a comment or two on the people’s works that we did not get to in class today. (Names below are links, just click them)
Elizabeth (set of 3)
Pippa (set of 3)
Annie (set of 7)
Jaeger (single image)
Carolina (set of 3)
And check it out ———————–>
I added links to ALL of your websites. Now you can check out each others’ work whenever you want.
A photograph is worth 1000 words, right? Can you tell the same story in a variety of ways? Your challenge is to tell the SAME story in three sets:
- A set of 7 photographs
- A set of 3 photographs
- A single photograph
**** all photographs must be original. You may use your phone’s camera.
Think about clearly illustrate a beginning, a middle, and an end, especially in the sets of multiple photographs. Resize your files to to 72 ppi and post to your blog.
The example below does NOT correspond with the assigned number of photographs, but is a great illustration of a story told through multiple images. Consider looking at more of Duane Michals’ work.
Duane Michals, Chance Meeting
Get ready for our trip! Scavange LARGE images of our destination. Next take a photograph of one of your classmates and a separate photograph of just yourself. Combine these two images with a different background in a realistic way.
In the end you will have one vacation picture:
One combining two photos (you and classmate(s) + background)
Finally, save the end result as .jpg files and take them to your favorite photo printing place (CVS, Walgreens, Target, Richmond Camera…). Have 2 copies of each of your images printed as a 4 x 6″ print. DO NOT PRINT THESE ON AN INKJET OR OTHER “HOME” PRINTER. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN “F” FOR THE PROJECT IF YOU DO THIS
Remember things like:
- Vantage point
- Image fuzziness
- Interaction with background
- All your sweet camera settings!
You can use the scanner as a camera!!! Crazy? Maybe… Please don’t put anything on the scanner that may harm it (scratchy things, wet things, sharp things, charcoal, sticky things, etc, etc.).
Follow the steps below:
- As a group. make many awesome scans.
- Choose the 5 best of these scans- straight from the scanner! Designate someone to save the set of 5.
- Take one of the scans for yourself.
- Using any of your selection options (marquee tools, lasso tools or quickmask mode), select your objects.
- Arrange your objects into a composition on a new canvas, 8×10″, 300ppi.
***don’t forget about the Principle of Design: think about line, shape, variety, repetition, color, texture, form, etc.!
The nitty gritty end results:
FIVE group scans.
ONE new composition per person.
You may scan more than 5 items.
You do not have to use all 5 in your final, carefully composed image.
You may alter the original objects in the composition- use the transform controls, adjustment layers, etc.!
An Example of a Representational Composition:
An Example of a Nonrepresentational Composition:
While I am serving my civic duty, I’d like you all to keep on keepin’ on with your “How-To” pages. During class time, please do the following:
- Send around an attendance sheet
- At 2:00pm, get up and walk around, looking at everyone else’s work! Is there something you see in someone else’s work that you want to incorporate into your work? Don’t copy, of course, but be inspired! Ask people how they did what they did!
- Ask people what they think of your work.
- Please stay till 2:45 working on your projects!
Remember, post the .jpg version on your website AND bring the .psd version on your jump drive on Wednesday. We will also discuss Matt Siber’s work on Wednesday.
Your goal: deliver information in a visually coherent and stimulating manner.
- 5-8 (or so) steps instructing us how to do something in Photoshop.
- Make it an 8 x 10″ file, 300ppi.
- Save a .psd version AND a .jpg version
- Post .jpg on your blog before class starts
- Due Wednesday, Jan 30, onscreen (we will print them IN CLASS together)
- Don’t forget about lynda.com!
Welcome to Digital Approaches to Fine Art!
Please review the syllabus.
Note that this is NOT a graphic design course- it is a course about using digital media to create fine art through research and practice. Much of this class focuses on discovering and discussing contemporary digital media artists. Exercises and assignments will be given in Photoshop and various other software.
We’re going to be doing awesome things this semester…
For Wednesday, please write one page describing what you think digital approaches to fine art might be. There is no wrong answer unless you just don’t do it.
Art by Jeff Baij if you’re curious.
**********ALL POSTS BELOW THIS ARE FROM PREVIOUS SEMESTERS********
Theaster Gates field trip on Tuesday! It looks like it’s going to be an exciting trip. Meet us there if you can’t leave at 2pm.
Remember, too, that I will put your grades from the last two projects in sealed envelopes in our agreed upon location.
Thursday, we’ll look at your appropriated works. Start with something by JB and make it yours. You may appropriate other artists as well. Be prepared to defend why this piece is now your work.