All posts tagged: City Tech

COMD 1103 Spring 2016: First Encounter with Color and Glass

In COMD 1103, I teach the fundamental skills needed to draw the observed world. This is the second semester I have been able to do so at City Tech, and I am teaching it to students within a graphic design program. Over the 15 weeks. I try to assist my students as they conquer their fear of drawing, of the blank paper, and of their own possible abilities. Color is hard, so I bring it in through the undersung loveliness of colored pencils. They are cheap, they are familiar in mark marking mechanism. They produce unexpectedly lovely results. I spend 90 minutes having my students create a color wheel with red, yellow and blue after we discuss the history of color. We compare and contrast the ways different brands’ colors mix, which actually really relaxes the students: there is more at play than talent or experience. I have the students take the dive into drawing glass at this time because they are so dazzled by color, they forget to be freaked out by transparency. No …

Knowing Brooklyn: GenEdge Spring 2016

After a lot of work behind the scenes, the Spring 2016 GenEdge work is coming to fruition. Over 30 people (faculty, staff, and students) from across the City Tech campus submitted work to be displayed in three amazing and concurrent exhibits which will happen from April 11-15. So far I’ve made the logo, the branding campaign, a style guide, several animated pieces, assignments for students, staff, and faculty… Oh, and video spots that are coming up. I curated a show, I am documenting it all… A lot of work! I hope it makes a difference for City Tech!

Knowing Brooklyn: F15 Student Work

At City Tech, I am leading a subcommittee to promote our General Education efforts. This has evolved into a brand I developed for the purpose and the City Tech College-Wide Theme. This theme is Knowing Brooklyn. I am processing work produced for this theme now as we are getting ready to have a series of college-wide shows. I assigned my Foundation Drawing class this theme as inspiration for a free draw, using the materials and tools we have covered up to that point. I asked them to add the meaning and forms they chose. The results were lovely! Effervescent, serious, and all engaged. Foundation Drawing is one of the first classes students take in the Communication Design program. Students come is with a wide variety of skill levels, but I find them all willing, playful, and eager to try new things.

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]

EAT Lab:
Experiential Art & Technology Lab

I and Dr. Xiaohai (Richard) Li are starting a collaboration at the New York City College of Technology and have dubbed this effort EAT Lab: we are hoping to blend our separate disciplines into a cohesive whole, wherein we will create projects that incorporate emerging technologies using the criteria of installation art in order to create truly moving and potentially transformative experiences. We are still developing the idea, but steam is certainly building. Our mission: EAT Lab exists to use emerging technologies and the sensibilities of art in order to build novel experiences while enabling the user to become full collaborators.

City Tech Printmaking Club: Progress!

Just a quick check-in: the Printmaking Club is really starting to get underway! We are getting some screen printing ready to roll, we have started working with stencils, and we are planning to build our own bottle jack press so we can print using relief processes whenever we darn well please. These students are starting to really get excited, they are starting to step up  and take charge just as I knew they would. David and I have very different approaches to getting them excited about the material and it is really working out well. He is a true master and I am a rabble rouser–we mesh well as advisors.

City Tech COMD: Screensavers Redux

I designed the upcoming screensavers for the COMD students at City Tech. Prof. Anita Giraldo took the photos and led the writing efforts. COMD students were the models for the shots and went over the designs and gave some ideas, as is only proper. I tried to give the slides some of the humor the students each display as once again, our students deserve the best.

Laying Out the Type Manual

The Type Manual project continues: we put our entire planned layout up on a wall to see what we needed to zero in on in terms of instruction and research. The class helped me shape tomorrow’s class, wherein I will teach specific lessons to help the teams complete their sections well. The crit cards are starting to really work as well: everyone is getting up and talking to someone new each class that we can fit it in. There is true hubbub and noise during lab time. They are starting to really inhabit the process as collaborators. I am trying to demystify the process of creation at every turn–I want them to see how the effort is theirs to make. It is half way through the semester and I’d say at least 85% of the class is still showing up with their homework. At least 85%. I am blown away, usually about half of my classes drift into various stages of distraction, exhaustion, or maybe a little indifference by this point. This time, I am making them …

Purpose & Vision: City Tech Printmaking Club

This is the vision I originally developed for the City Tech Printmaking Club, and now that we have officers, it is starting to become a reality! Of course, I am just an advisor–what the students make of all of this is up to them. Every student at City Tech should know we exist. Events, demos, classes, shows…the whole community needs to know us as a force for good. Printmaking is about generosity, democracy, opportunity, and making something with what seems tone nothing. Let’s make our own equipment, be scrappy, fight the good fight! This club is about empowerment through personal visual communication. Printmaking taught me problem solving, gave me a history of protest, propaganda, and commerce to draw from as I made my art. Let’s get excited about the potential involved in a few simple items, some ingenuity, and a lot of elbow grease. Let’s build presses, screens, tools! Let’s find all we need on the cheap, or from stuff being thrown away! No dependence upon others! Let’s make some art. Yes, we are in a design program, and we have plenty to learn in …