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Second Typography Through Printmaking Workshop

Just had a spectacular workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery again! My Learn Typography Through Printmaking! class sold out again and wow, what a bumper crop of amazing students! I’m really loving the chance to rework a lesson I have taught for years with such enthusiastic and talented people! I have to say, the Brainery is a great place, please support it: info@brooklynbrainery.com Twitter Facebook Instagram 190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238  | 347-292-7246

Parsons Interactive / Web Design 1: F15

I have worked and reworked the Interactive / Web 1 class a few times over the last couple of years. It is now the core of my approach to teaching interaction design thinking: I use the foundation of empathic research and altruistic design to push my students to create work that can get them noticed in the job market. These students are in the AAS Program in the Art, Media & Technology Department at Parsons The New School. I have the students go through the entire design cycle at a rapid pace so that we have time to also develop our pitches for the last day: I strive to have my students learn not only to think of lovely and useful ideas, but also have the tools to get those ideas made. Each student must produce the artifacts of the Design Cycle amidst numerous check ins, small group crits, and work sessions. By the end of the semester, each student has a full blown case study of her idea, ready for portfolio or actual development.

COMD 1103: F15

After asking for four years, I was given the chance to teach Foundation Drawing at City Tech! This is a class originally structured as an introduction to perspective and technical drawing, very rigid in its structure. I have found over the years that my students are coming in without a lot of the hand training they had in my day, so I messed with the syllabus a bit. I did not emphasis isometric projections, for instance. These students were so starved for basic perspective and beyond that PERMISSION TO DRAW AT ALL. There were people with a lot of anxiety around using their first pencil up, a terror of taking up too much material, space, and time. I countered this with a lot of pep talks, exhaustive handouts culled from the best sources, and by finding ways to just get them to draw until I could feel the room finally relax. 15 minutes of warm ups every class I started each class with warm ups which also gave the class time to sharpen pencils, settle down, …

COMD 1167: F15

I taught COMD 1167 again this semester at City Tech and really had a blast with this group. Excellent people! [swf:http://libbyclarke.com/material/Zhu_Manifesto_Animated.swf 1024 768 bgcolor wmode] [swf:http://libbyclarke.com/material/MMIRANDA_ANIMATEDMANIFESTO_COMD1167.swf 1024 768 bgcolor wmode] [swf:http://libbyclarke.com/material/Lopez_comd167_animation02.swf 1024 768 bgcolor wmode] [swf:http://libbyclarke.com/material/CHAPBK_ANIMATED_SINGH.swf 1024 768 bgcolor wmode]

Teaching: Typography Through Printmaking Workshop

I taught my first workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery tonight and it was spectacular! Here is the handout I gave out. Support the Brooklyn Brainery! I had 12 students, all adults except for one extremely intelligent and prolific 9 year old. Absolutely excellent evening had by all!

Collaboration with my Child-Person

My daughter loves to paint and so we have been exploring watercolor for a few weeks. A few days in, I started seeing things in her work and decided to draw out a few. Rules: I must preserve M’s chosen orientation of the paper I get one shot, so I don’t use up all of her paintings and send her the message that her work is no good I get 3 minutes, although I think I can keep it at 2  30 seconds, maybe 1 minute My work cannot overshadow hers: it must be equal in terms of effort and coverage (I did that a couple times and it made me sad) For her third birthday, I will give her the option of drawing on my paintings so we both have the same opportunities We plan some of the images, depending on M’s interest. If she does not have a preference, I get to do whatever I want. I have upgraded us to watercolor paper and better paints and have started scanning these for a later collection …

Living Lab Symposium

I presented my work to my fellows at City Tech during the event From Microbes to Stars: A Living Lab General Education Symposium. My presentation centered on the ways that high-impact teaching practices had influenced my instructional style, specifically in terms of collaborative research projects. Symposium Agenda 10.23.15

Design in Educational Technology: STEAM

I have the distinct honor of  being a panelist at the Design in Educational Technology: STEAM event at SOS Brooklyn on October 6, 2015. I am in awe that Sean Oakes (the founder of SOS) asked me and am so honored to be sitting on the panel with some absolutely amazing thinkers, creators, and practitioners. Laurie Carey, an ed consultant and founder of We Connect the Dots – a non-profit organization that provides STEAM programs for schools and communities: Our mission is to excite, inform and educate students about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers.  Through a collaboration with the community, education, government and the technology industry, WCTD provides awareness and education of the 21st Century workforce skills, as well as the opportunities available to students embracing STEAM careers.  Impacting students at a local, national and global level, our programs create a hunger for learning that empowers students to find their own paths to success. Jenny Young, Founder of the Brooklyn Robot Factory. Jenny has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. She grew up working alongside her father in …

Portfolio: Teaching

I have taught most of my adult life in some capacity. I finally became a full-on instructor at the college level in 2008. Best decision I ever made. Here are 20 pieces that try to encapsulate the results I get in class. Below you will find a more exhaustive collection. Interaction Design Print Typography & Lettering Foundation Drawing   Printmaking/Book Arts Portfolio Prep

The Game of Love Lives On!

It’s been a couple of years since I created this piece and lo and behold, it has more legs than I ever expected! My Game of Love was used as a part of a Valentine’s Day lesson in a school district in Vietnam. I am now reworking the game to make it more interactive and may finally revive the coded version as well. Thank you so much, Language Link Vietnam! The instructor has sent some great feedback and I am busily doing my second edition.