All posts tagged: Sculpture

Workshop Ideas

I am trying to align making a paycheck beyond my teaching with advancing my research as an artist and designer. As such, I am looking to put together workshops that test ideas I am having while pushing me up to my top game. Read through the list and let me know if you are interested in any of these–I’ll prioritize the ones that y’all think are most interesting! And if you have further ideas, lay them on me, sweet people! Introduction to Building Peep Boxes I need to dive back into using lenses and such for a project, why not teach it? Gum Transfer/Paper Litho for Beginners I want to really cement my approach to this process as it is evocative, fast, and fun. Dynamic Dioramas I have a college-level class I’ve developed called Kinetic Storytelling that I want to workshop, bit by bit. Photo Pop-Ups This is to help me build steam for a project I have coming up Shadow Puppets with Modern Tools  Always wanted to teach this, trying to find a precise approach… Paper Automatons …

Kinetic Vis Comm: Where My Research is Leading Me

I have lived, played, or worked in Visual Communication in some way for nearly 30 years, since the days I discovered I had to draw in order to stay sane. I have been through the waves of self-development and technological change and now that I teach these skills to others, I am always looking for ways to give the most high-impact lessons at the right time. Now, as I find myself drawn to physical computing and other modalities, I have to regroup and figure out how to show my students how to engage as beginners. Once I started teaching at the college level, I taught straight-up web design for a number of years–it taught me process, code, order, and clarity. Now that web design has been tamed rather a lot, I am anxious to find another compelling way into the conundrum of how to show students what is truly possible without overwhelming them from the start. The rub is this: how can I awaken my students to all that is possible without immediately lashing them to the …

Bear Mask

For Halloween, I whipped up a quick mask. My background is actually in sculpture – I taught myself papier maché as a child and majored in Ceramics until my allergies forced me to move to printmaking. The mask is now in the collection of Julia M. Graeper.

Costumes for my Sweet Nephew

My nephew is a spectacular soul (both of them are, in fact, but this is about Nick the Mighty). 2007: Easter Island Head Simple foam construction, pretty straight forward. Nick always has the best ideas for costumes, and this year was no exception. My sister Genny and I met and figured it out.   I have some videos, shot with a very very old camera… 2008: Praying Mantis This was with a different type of foam, very hard to color. I found this primo sheet of packing foam in the trash at my office building and it just sort of went from there.  Genny and I met halfway in a hotel in Pennsylvania and proceeded to delight the staff with the whole shebang.