Patterns of Community

How do you design with other people’s artwork? How does it feel to see your artwork used by someone else? Students shared vectors with each other to create patterns. The challenge was to integrate classmates’ graphics into an appealing repetitive composition. In doing so we talked about how art can help build community, a voice of a group. Can’t wait to see the final outcomes!

Read how students reflected on their original graphic elements in short writing blurbs here: Vector Descriptions.





Printing at FedEx

Midterm: Trajectories of Learning

See below some examples of student work, as it progressed during the first half of the semester.

Vector Painting

Even in the “digital age,”copying the Old Masters can be a good way to learn. True, the myth of the masterpiece has been dismantled time and again, but in this project, we took two masterpieces of their respective epochs and used them to study color digitally. The two works are The Great Wave of Kanagawa, by Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, c. 1830, and Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper, American, 1942.

Student Yiran Mao drew a black and white vector of the famous wood block print, The Great Wave of Kanagawa, by Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1830. We shared it with the class, and each student colorized it with a restricted color palette. Here are some examples. Notice how color choice changes the mood of the artwork.



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Student Aimee Hawley recreated Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper, in black and white vector. The rest of the class followed suit, colorizing the vector in simple, two color combinations. Check out the results here. But oops, we missed following the elongated format.

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Icing to Be Itten

In this assignment, we studied color mixing by using food icing instead of traditional paint. We created the color spectrum by covering Nilla wafers with custom mixed icing. In this way, those who may be a bit inhibited were able to enjoy the olfactory, cooking class nature of the workshop, all the while engaging in the beauty of color. Chaos and Order were picked as the words to make this year.





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Type, Image, Color

Students were asked to integrate a word into the graphic that they have been developing over the past few weeks. We covered simple type commands in Illustrator, such as font choice, cases, kerning and type on a path. The word, like the graphic, encapsulates their transition to college. The color theories of Josef Albers and Johannes Itten serve as the structure for developing these color studies in harmony, temperature and contrast. The vector drawing is the underpinning tool that enables this process of discovery.





Cut. Capture. Repeat. [Part 2]

Today, After viewing the portfolio of Josef Albers, the seminal color theorist, we added special attention to color in the creation of the cut paper compositions. Can you guess which ones have been colorized in Illustrator, and which ones are photographs of tactile setups? Sometimes a snapshot of tactility seems so much more convincing then a simulation.



Cut, Capture, Shine!

ethanwong_001_revWhat do you get when you draw a pattern, redraw it in vector in Illustrator, hand cut it or cut it digitally, and place it over various backgrounds in order to snap photos? This beautiful variety below! This project is all about mixing up analog and digital processes.