All posts tagged: Student Work

More Results: Paper Litho for Beginners at the Brooklyn Brainery

Excellent class! June 05, 2016 Brooklyn Brainery, as per usual! I am starting to find all sorts of ways to push the instruction. There are some new ways of putting together the image that I want to bring into the class next time, concentrating on using juxtaposition of unlikely items more and more. The process is so easy to learn, I want to push the learning into some more interesting areas…

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: 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.

Results: Paper Litho for Beginners at the Brooklyn Brainery

The class was a huge success! 12 people came (a full house!), and after some initial issues with the paper I had chosen (seems that the Staples brand of 28lb is not up to snuff), we rocked with a mighty roll! Paper Litho Handout Look at all that fun texture! ūüĎÄExperiments from @bkbrains most excellent #paperlithography workshop today with @mon_stress #sundayfunday #messmaking #handsonfun A photo posted by Megan (@sugarlamble) on Mar 13, 2016 at 4:36pm PDT Paper litho class kicking off with @mon_stress A photo posted by Brooklyn Brainery (@bkbrains) on Mar 13, 2016 at 12:09pm PDT Learning Paper Lithography #craftysunday #crafty #lithography #sundayfunday #alwayslearning #printmaking A photo posted by cherylcrouse (@cherylcrouse) on Mar 13, 2016 at 3:13pm PDT

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

Year in Review: 2015

The year was good, overall. I was pretty overwhelmed by the call of service, so everything else paled a bit. My art making took an additional hit, but that was the last remnants of the Year from Hell ‚Äď Jen and I had to make sure we were back in good financial shape. in 2016, my art and research come first. I am turning down all freelance yet again and turning my attention to several projects that I have managed to keep going in dribs and drabs. This chart covers everything that came within the year and does not capture long-standing duties and projects. Art Design Teaching Research¬†/ Service Jan Art show:¬†Beyond Printmaking 4 Created tools for managing fellow instructors of 1167 COMD 1167: Type & Media Parsons¬†Interactive / Web 1 Continued work on Gen Ed Committee College Theme Became a¬†Peer Reviewer for Design Incubation Feb Game of Love used in Vietnam to teach school children Interactive /¬†Web 1 Intensive Workshop Printmaking Club: Valentine’s Day Action, 2015 Mar Game of Love back in development with …

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]

City Tech COMD 1167: S15

I reworked my approach to Type & Media, the foundation class for Typography and page composition in the Spring of 2015. I decided to let the students generate their content for the initial shared project, the Type Manual. This has proven to be far messier and risky process and honestly I despair each semester that it won’t come together. The manuals are always so chaotic, but then when the students switch to their own projects, I find them far more self-starting and focused than previous classes wherein I was far more heavy-handed in my instruction. The design is not always as high as the other classes where the students are told how to design, but my students stay engaged until the very last and make deep discoveries in terms on meaning and context for themselves. Manifesto Project The following pieces are in Flash, so they only play on some devices. They are a study of animation and typography. This student dove into the material and tried to have Rams’ philosophy influence his every choice. [swf:http://libbyclarke.com/material/10RamsRunning.swf …