Rockingchair Studio

Rocking_studio_webMy little studio is included in the first Downtown Arts Walk. Please come see the new home base for creative projects, netprovs, and other collaborations on the final Friday of each month!

👉Rockingchair Studio    120 A W 1st Street, Duluth MN

Open 5 to 8pm for Arts Walk / Downtown Arts Walk / FACEBOOK EVENT:


Each month I hope to share some work by friends, students, and collaborators. The displays will be very casual, because it’s a working studio after all, not a gallery! For this first opening, I invited Karen Keenan to display some of her lovely pottery from Hemslöjd Studio.godwottery_jrock12.png

I have pinned up some digital prints from my Godwottery installation too.


Art2016 Final Project Plans

Art2016 Final Projects must integrate the concept of DIGITAL ART MIXED-MEDIA. Your approach may use tactile materials or traditional art techniques at the beginning or the end of your process. Final project ideas will be discussed in class on TUES APRIL 17. Please plan ahead to use last 2 weeks of class as work time on your final experimental mixed-media work. Read below for some possible choices. Bring what you need to make best use of class time. Please consider: Will you revisit an earlier assignment in your final digital mixed-media project? What materials and techniques will you use? What subject or theme or ideas will you explore? What do you need to purchase to gather materials needed? What will your step by step process be? Do you need to use the classroom printer or mixed-media work areas to finish this project?

Your final project plan outlines your step by step plan, and describes the final format you will turn in for grading.


(please title document: YourName_Final Project Plan )

Please write a short paragraph that includes your choice of final project options. (Not sure? see some ideas below). What materials and techniques will you use? What subject or theme or ideas will you explore? What do you need to purchase to gather materials needed? Outline your step by step process (like: First I will draw or photograph … then I will bring those images into photoshop… then I will print on lazertran… and transfer onto glass… etc) Tell me how large and what the final format will be.

FINAL PROJECT WORK is DUE at Final Exam on Tuesday May 1… By that time you can upload to google drive all digital documentation (include photos of work in progress, tests, and final results in clean photo documentation). ALSO due at FINAL EXAM : Final Project Reflection. (title document: YourName_FinalProjectReflection )


NARRATIVE MIXED-MEDIA  Revisit the Narrative project, using the imagery you have already created in an alternative format. This could take the form of a wearable work, or a mixed-media work using any digital transfer method on any materials… Some students may choose to work with experimental animation or video version using their narrative images. Explore and refine a specific image transfer technique to combine your digital imagery with a 3D object or tactile surface. Find inspiration in the work of other mixed-media artists and develop your own approach that transforms an object by merging it with your digital imagery to create a new experience or meaning when viewing the object. Possible techniques include using Lazertran, Ink Jet Transparencies, or other experimental transfer methods onto wood, glass, metal, plastic…

ReMIXED-MEDIA Your final project can revisit any earlier project (like the Mosaic project Or Remix project), or start with original fresh imagery. You might develop a small series of images or work on a single piece in a larger, more ambitious format. Transfer the best imagery to a tactile object or unusual surface. Experiment with alternative materials such as Fabric, Wood, Glass, Metal… Just remember to test materials and leave time to craft the final mixed-media work to high standards.

You might create a work of digital mixed-media art that explores the your personal relationship with technology. (As we discussed in the Digital Nation and Rip! Remix viewing assignments) Respond honestly to your own experience with digital media and daily life. Work with imagery and mixed-media to express your thoughts about balance in the digital age.

Work with personal ideas about sleep and dreams to develop a conceptual approach to the theme. Create original imagery on the sleep/dream theme using digital tools. Images may be illustrative, abstract, photographic or any mix. Experiment with tactile media and iron-on image transfer process to integrate digital imagery onto fabric. Use both compositional space and limited materials inventively to solve this problem. Craft a final mixed-media work that creatively uses both sides of a cotton pillowcase. Inspiration on blog:


Links to some Image Transfer Techniques:

Wearable Art Links:

Visual Culture Lectures / Tues April 10, 2018

Two guests will talk about their work next Tuesday as part of University of Minnesota Duluth’s  Visual Culture Lecture Series.

Don Clark and George Slade served as jurors for the Department of Art & Design 2018 Annual Student Exhibit in the Tweed Museum of Art. These events are free and open to the public! 

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | Don Clark | Montague 70

Don Clark
Don Clark is an artist and cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio based in Seattle, Washington. Don formed Invisible Creature in early 2006 with his brother Ryan. Together they have worked with clients such as Target, LEGO, Wired Magazine, Nike, Adobe, XBox, The New York Times, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar and more. In 2008, Invisible Creature received their fourth consecutive Grammy nomination for packaging design.
Invisible Creature also designs and curates their own line of products for both children and adults alike. Their products can be found in stores such as Barneys New York, Walker Art Center, Nordstrom, SF MOMA, Super7, Whole Foods & more. Don’s love for mid-century design and illustration lays the groundwork for Invisible Creature’s aesthetic, although his range reaches far beyond any one, specific style.
He lives with his wife and their 3 children on a ranch 30 minutes southeast of Seattle.

Tuesday, April 10 | 6 pm | George Slade | Montague 70

Photo of George Slade

George Slade is a curator, art historian, writer, and consultant based in Minneapolis. He has served in curator and director roles for Minnesota Museum of American Art, Mia (aka the Minneapolis Institute of Art), Minnesota Center for Photography, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. He was the director of the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers program for ten years. He has lectured and been invited to take part in portfolio reviews at art institutions internationally. His writings appear on-line and in print; he has written essays for numerous artist monographs and periodicals. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, and his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Digital Narrative Project / checklist

Digital Art Mixed-Media Students: Narrative Project is DUE THURSDAY APRIL 12

Please follow directions below when you turn in all work on Digital Narrative Project for grading. (See grading rubric in email) Please check that all your work has your name on it AND digital versions are uploaded in your own folder, inside the google drive folder for your class. If you are unsure of what goes on the pre-production and post-production 11×17 prints, please look at the examples in the project powerpoint or ask!  Link to powerpoint:

Examples of Pre-Production Print:




Examples of Post-Production Print:



Please Create your own folder… NarrativeProject_YourName

Please include:


1-  Pre-Production : 1 Mood Board, AND 11×17 horizontal  Design Plan w Storyboards

2-  Post-Production :  11×17 horizontal of All 10 images on one page  (quality jpg, png)

3-  10 Individual images (as pngs or jpgs)

4-  Any extra images of final format or process work (if you want to show more rough work)

5-  Reflection ~150 words (use format below)


Pre Production : 11×17 horizontal print of  Design Plan / Storyboards

Post Production :  11×17 horizontal print of All 10 images on one page

Final Format: 10 images …paper prints, book, posters, or other mixed-media. Your choice on scale and media. Please tell me in advance if you need extra time to get the printing done.


Your name

Your story title

AND your short reflection on the project… (~150 words)

Reflect on your creative process…What drew you to this tale? How did you update this tale for the digital age? What was the inspiration for your visual look or clues to your visual treatment of this old tale. What techniques or tools did you use to create your own version of the story?

Storyboarding Tips

this is a great overview!…

Storyboard Blog

Here is a good short video reviewing the art of the storyboard as it’s used in story development and production in the motion picture industry.

4 Minute Film School > STORY BOARDING


By Matthew Taylor

a guy who draws for the movies

Using Creative Suite 3 for storyboard cutouts

Photoshop tutorial

“Milton’s Hell,” at Karpeles Museum Duluth MN

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Milton’s Hell, a Prequel to Genesis /  Kathryn Lenz’ paintings and video inspired by Milton’s origin story for Hell, Sin and Death.

OPENING RECEPTIONS at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Tuesday April 3 at 7 p.m. Speaker Dr. Karmen Lenz presents the video Milton’s Hell in Voice & Image

Sunday April 8 at 2 p.m.  (2:30 showing of Milton’s Hell in Voice & Image, 3 pm concert by Sam Black & Friends: Music of Rebellion and Divine Creation)

Free and open to the public.

“Milton’s Hell,” Multi-media Events Scheduled at the Karpeles Museum April 3rd marks the opening of an innovative multimedia art and video exhibit “Milton’s Hell, a Prequel to Genesis” at Karpeles Museum. Twelve original paintings by local artist Kathryn Lenz inspired by scenes from Milton’s Paradise Lost, along with a dramatic video, help contemporary audiences experience the beauty and impact of Milton’s poetry in the spirit of early readers. At 7pm English Professor Karmen Lenz, Middle Georgia State University, will give an introductory gallery talk followed by a showing of the video “Milton’s Hell in Voice and Image”. The video merges Kathryn Lenz’s paintings with dramatic reading of Milton’s vivid language describing the origins of humankind’s epic struggle between good and evil. Through Satan’s rebellion and ambitious plans to drag humankind down with him, Milton dramatizes obedience to God’s will as a human choice, a central teaching in the Christian imagination of Puritans and the founding fathers. The video presents these scenes to match a reading of powerful passages from the poem. On Sunday, April 8th at 2:30pm, the video will be shown again, followed by a chamber concert as part of Karpeles’ Coffee, Cake, and Chamber Music Series. Sam Black and Friends will play music inspired by Milton’s epic.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from The McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds. In collaboration with Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 902 East First Street, Duluth, MN 55805 218-728-0630

Digital Narrative Project

Fairy tales and Myths can provide a rich starting point for a digital media project. Passed down from oral storytellers through literary traditions to new media, they are always altered by retelling to reflect the needs of the storyteller and the aesthetics of the time. Because the story is so well known, it can be altered significantly and still remain resonant and recognizable to the contemporary audience. In 10 images, tell a a very old story in a new way. 

This project will be the focus of our work over the next month. First 2 weeks on pre-production tasks of storyboarding and design plan. Then working toward a series of cohesive images that contain both visual unity and surprise.

THIS WEEKEND: Please do the homework before class on Tuesday March 20

1. Select Story (fairy tale or myth)
2. Break down the story into 10 key moments (thinking about how you will be updating it for the digital age)
3. Do thumbnail sketches of storyboards (two times!) to quickly work out ways to compose your 10 images
4. Do an 11×17 digital MOOD BOARD, filled with inspiration images for your digital narrative, story, visual style, media, techniques, colors, textures…
5. BRING TO CLASS ON TUES: Index Cards and drawing tools for storyboarding in class
NOTE: NO class next THURSDAY March 22, so that will be another workday on storyboards and single image, design plan

Digital Art + Culture > B L O G 

Fairy Tales