Fall 2016 / Digital Mixed-Media Final Project Plan

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. Your final project plan must outline your step by step plan, and describe the final format you will turn in for grading.


Please write a short paragraph that includes your choice of final project options (see list 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. (title document: YourName_Final Project Plan )

FINAL PROJECT WORK is DUE at Final Exam on Friday Dec 16… According to the final exam chart our final exam is on Friday 12/16 from 2pm-4pm. 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…

MIXED-MEDIA MOSAIC or SERIES Your final project can revisit any earlier project (like the Mosaic 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.

DIGITAL NATION MIXED-MEDIA    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.


Image Transfer Techniques:



Wearable Art Links:


Digital Narrative Project

Timeline for Digital Narrative Assignment:

Tues Nov 15: Storyboards and Design Plan done / Upload to google folder

Thurs Nov 17: Open Work Day / Upload Single Image / Continue progress on 10 images

Tues Nov 22: View on PBS online – Digital Nation / Work Day on Narrative series

Thanksgiving Break

Tues Nov 29: Digital Narrative Images done / Upload to google folder / Digital Nation Discussion in class

WATCH: Digital Nation on PBS online

Students in Art2016, The ONLINE viewing assignment is to watch Digital Nation documentary and share your thoughts during discussion in class.
Reflect on how your personal life is impacted by pervasive technology and any resonance or surprise you found in the video. (~150 words) Save your thoughts on paper.
watch the video and reflect on each of these digital nation topics…

Please View by TUES November 22 and upload your short reflection about the 5 topics into the google folder by the end of that day. We will discuss in class after Thanksgiving break on Tues Nov 29.
Digital Nation on PBS Frontline (viewable online)

Video Description from PBS: Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained? In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Host / commentator Douglas Rushkoff, a leading thinker and writer on the digital revolution. Continuing a line of investigation she began with the 2008 FRONTLINE report Growing Up Online, award-winning producer Rachel Dretzin embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations. “I’m amazed at the things my kids are able to do online, but I’m also a little bit panicked when I realize that no one seems to know where all this technology is taking us, or its long-term effects,” says Dretzin.

Shakespeare Remix Project

Over the month of October, Digital Art Mixed-Media Students are working on the Shakespeare Remix project, experimenting with several formats for remixed art and generating multiple versions. (See below for full checklist of project parts.)

Please: As you create versions of your Shakespeare project, upload them to the folders on google drive to share with the class. Students may choose to remix from each other’s work… as part of this exploration of the remix aesthetic and attitude. (as discussed in: Rip! A Remix Manifesto). Some of your images and animations may be remixed into the video projections for the “Remixing Shakespeare” Low Concert on Saturday Oct 22 (please try to attend!)  at Karpeles Manuscript Museum.

Find the Folders on Google Drive to upload your files as you finish versions… Always title files with PROJECT NAME + YOUR FULL NAME… so that they are easily located for grading! Log on to your own google drive to find these folders inside the class folder… Ok?

Remix Project Checklist / Folders:
1. Shakespeare Collage Squares Share versions of your square collage here, including a photo of the canvas mixed-media for Duluth Art Institute Exhibit. If you forgot to shoot a photo of that… Go to the show and snap a photo there! Please upload only jpgs or png files to the google drive. 
2. Shakespeare Animations  Share 1-2 versions of your photoshop animation, (exported as a .mov or .mp4 file)  If you need help with animating in photoshop, ask in class or do a tutorial online. There are many additional tips about using photoshop to animate + edit movies. Have fun. I love what I see in the folder already! (Due Oct 11)
3. ShakespeareRemix_1920x1080   IMAGE MASHUPS!
(Upload at least 10 images to folder by Oct 13, continue uploading remixed images and more versions throughout the month) By the end of Oct share 10-20 versions, exported as image files (png or jpg) of ways you are playing with and remixing the Shakespeare theme. These can be new versions of collages you have already started, exported stills from your animation work, tests for your mixed-media transfers, OR mash-ups that integrate images by your classmates. The goal is to see MANY tests and mashups, try experimental compositions, take some risks, create more empty space, try new colors, change contrast, scale relationships. Borrow from this folder to remix each other’s images too!
4. Shakespeare Mixed-Media Choice
The final step in the Shakespeare Remix project is to create a mixed-media work in a very physical format. This can be a 3d object inspired by a prop in a play or an upcycled wearable work inspired by the Shakespeare Costume exhibit. It could also be an altered book, integrating collage materials of many kinds. Be inventive with materials and techniques. Use mixed-media Thursdays to test image transfer onto wood, glass, metal, ceramics…  Be resourceful about finding cheap, second-hand, or free materials for this project to save money. (DUE Oct 25)
The Shakespeare Remix project will be done at the end of October. Upload finished versions as they are done to show your progress along the way. Grading will include ALL work on the project, to be graded at the end of Oct.

Mosaic Project / Self-Portraits in the Digital Age

In the era of selfies, this digital art project poses a question: What is portraiture in the digital age? Consider the history of portraiture, especially self-portraits by artists, and how the era is reflected in the style of the portrait. Some examples:

Mosaic Project : Create a self-portrait that reflects your own identity as an artist in this contemporary age. Your portrait must also engage the concept of mosaic in digital media and should be assembled from multiple pieces that together form the whole. Allow the divisions between these pieces to play an active role in the image dynamics of the portrait. As tiled images these should reflect the multiplicity and fragmentation of personal identity in the digital age. Consider mixing traditional techniques (drawing, painting, etc) with digital techniques. Employ art principles to strengthen image unity (color, line, texture, etc). Assemble a dynamic image that contains both unity and surprise. Work at appropriate image resolution for quality output. Plan ahead for a final work at large scale (at least 20 inches in one direction.) Assemble mixed-media to highest quality final craft.

Mosaic Project Intro Slideshow / Low-rez


2426b5eb406e42c8af0a40d45a6d2fd9Kate Durbin’s ‘Hello!Selfie’ performance at PULSE Miami Beach, Photo: Rollin Leonard, 2015


Spring 2016 gallery

RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Digital Art Mixed-Media  / Online Viewing Assignment

RiP! A Remix Manifesto (it’s about 86 minutes)

Please view full video online. Take notes on what you find most revealing or surprising about the contemporary practice of remix artists. Does the video raise issues about your own use of digital media… in your artwork or your life? How does the video relate to recent internet blackout/protest and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation? Do you side with the CopyLEFT or the CopyRIGHT?

RiP: A Remix Manifesto from Laurent LaSalle on Vimeo.

http://ripremix.com/Prepare your comments (about 150 words). We will discuss in class the following week.

My Mind’s Eye: Portraits Inspired by Shakespeare’s First Folio

My_Minds_Eye_web_articleMy Mind’s Eye: Portraits Inspired by Shakespeare’s First Folio
Reception: Oct. 3, 5-7 PM
On View: Oct. 3 – 27, 2016

In honor of Shakespeare’s First Folio visit to Duluth, the DAI is hosting a portrait exhibition exploring artists’ unique renditions of their favorite characters from Shakespeare plays.

Facebook Event  https://www.facebook.com/events/1964612263765814/

For more info on Shakespeare’s First Folio, visit http://d.umn.edu/Shakespeares-First-Folio/







In honor of Shakespeare’s First Folio visit to Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute is announcing an open call for submissions to a portrait exhibit featuring artists’ imaginative renderings of famous characters from Shakespeare’s plays. We’re accepting 2D as well as 3D work but space is limited so 2D work is encouraged.

Work Guidelines:
• Work should represent a character from a Shakespeare play but the word ‘represent’ can be taken very loosely. Be as creative as the Bard himself when creating your work! Click here for character examples.
• Any form, style, or medium of art is acceptable.
• Work cannot exceed 6’ in any direction.
• All hung work must not exceed 40lbs, and must be READY TO HANG.
• All freestanding works must support their weight and may not be attached to the floor.
• Work may be for sale (but is not required). The Duluth Art Institute takes a 40% commission on all gallery sales so please set price accordingly

• Please notify Anne Dugan that you wish to participate by August 1st
• Finished work is due to the DAI offices by September 9

Please include the following:
• Name/Address/Phone/Email
• Character that inspired the work

DAI Executive & Artistic Director Anne Dugan