Project 2 : Climate REMIX : IMAGEBANK

Over the next month we will be experimenting with ideas and methods of REMIX via collaborative image making on the theme : Climate Remix. Step one will be creating a class imagebank on google drive. Each student will contribute at least one image to each of the 10 categories in the Climate Remix Imagebank. All the images must be original,  and at least half of the images should be created by hand, via traditional art materials like drawing and painting. The other half of the images can be photos or digitally generated images. We will be using this project to explore various uses of remixed imagery, for installation, projection, animation and mixed-media works. This project stresses the shared-use of imagery, as another way of understanding creative property rights and the creation of public domain content.

More info at:

Wanna Work Together? from Creative Commons on Vimeo.

More info in class!  Also, Please make time to view the video online: Rip! A Remix Manifesto.

View More about Remix Culture blog:


View: 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. your comments (about 150 words). Upload to class folder called Rip! Remix Reflections. We will also discuss in class.


Students in Art2016, The ONLINE viewing assignment is to watch the PBS Digital Nation documentary, write a short reflection and upload to google folder.  Later you will share your thoughts during discussion in class. Please View on TUES (Jan 24)  and upload your short reflection about the 5 topics into the google folder by the end of the day on THURSDAY (Jan 26). 
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.
Please UPLOAD in a text document to the google drive folder by Thursday
watch the video and reflect on each of these digital nation topics…

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.

January Class Plan : Mosaic Project

Thanks so much to all my Art2016 / Digital Mixed-Media Students for their patience at the beginning of this semester. A family medical crisis interrupts my teaching again this week. Please see the January class plan below, and note the online viewing assignment posted (Digital Nation). I am grateful that Gloria Brush and Matt Olin have offered to fill in for parts of the semester. I will do my best to keep you all informed about our schedule.

On Tues January 17, I introduced the Mosaic Project with my powerpoint and you each shared ideas about your approach. Please continue working on the project, always keeping in mind the need to be experimental and show versions along the way. I will be setting up a google drive folder for sharing your work in progress. Look for the google drive folder for your section:   Art2016_sec1_Spring17   or    Art2016_sec2_Spring17      Inside you will find the folders for Each Assignment as we go…

Tues Jan 24 : CLASS ONLINE   Please do the online viewing assignment : Digital Nation (Upload short reflection ~150 words by Thursday)

Thurs Jan 26 : CLASS ONLINE  Please upload 3 versions of your Mosaic Self-Portrait to the class folder on google drive. Share your versions as flat images (jpg or png format). Always title images with Project_ version_ YOUR FULL NAME. ( example: Mosaic_V1_JoellynRock.png , Mosaic_V2_JoellynRock.jpg   ).

Tues Jan 31 :   PLEASE BE in CLASS for CRITIQUE and FEEDBACK on versions of your Mosaic work so far.

Thursday Feb 2 : STUDIO DAY  Use class time to refine and finish your mosaic / bring it to print or construct your final version at full scale (at least 20 inches in any direction).

Tuesday Feb 7 : Final Mosaics DUE for Grading / Full Scale / Mixed-Media Collage or Quality Print

Spring17 : Mosaic Assignment

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 Intro Slideshow / Low-rez

ART 2016 Assignment #1 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.


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