Suggested Syllabus

The Alternative School

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Instructor – Ryan Seslow

Summer 2016

This is a remote digital studio course intended to expose and expand the vocabulary of new media to the students personal visual statements. Students are expected to produce a related series of works with a concentration on experimentation and the transcendence of ideas. Through various processes, both manual and technology based, students will be exposed to the use of electronic media in the desk top & mobile studio art practice in conjunction with their prior interests in drawing, painting, photo, sculpture, installation, video & performance. The course will take place over three evenings June 11th, 12th & 14th from 8pm – 9:30 2016 (unless stated otherwise to accommodate related suchness…)

Course Objectives:

1. To reconsider and redefine the creative process using new media technologies.

2. To give students the new technical tools and techniques for working with new media.

3. To facilitate and encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary practice towards art making.

4. To provide a network and virtual environment to help develop the student’s personal vision.

5. To help the student archive and share their work in various presentation formats.

Instructional Activities:

1. Manual & technical demonstrations, applications and methods.

2. Viewing of animated GIFs, Net Art & New Media in various formats, including video art, experimental digital film, basic motion graphics and performance in conjunction with discussions.

3. Guest Artist presentations and collaboration.

Structured projects to consider working on:

Project #1 – Working from a theme, concept or specific subject, each student will generate a new (or existing) 2-dimensional work of art to communicate a feeling, philosophy, point of view, or aesthetic. You may work in any dry or wet media on any flat surface (canvas, paper, canvas board, illustration board, cardboard, flat found objects, old door, window, recycled wood.) Your final piece should be documented in digital photos as they will be used and applied as content to animate.

Project #2 – 3D – Working from the same theme, concept or specific subject as project #1 above, each student will generate a 3-dimensional work of art to further communicate and compliment the meaning of the piece created in project #1. You may work in any material that you wish as long as the result is a free standing or hanging object that can viewed from 360 degrees. (Wood, stone, plaster, cardboard, found objects, multiple units.) Your process should be documented in digital photos as they will be applied as subject matter for creating animations and digital collage works in newhive.

Project #3 – By utilizing the medium of video, students will create and develop works of video art that communicates a specific idea, feeling, philosophy, sequence or aesthetic. Existing video can be used from previous projects, the public domain or by creating new content using the capturing device of your choice. The works may be projected onto an existing object or wall space, or you may present the pieces using a video monitor (or as many monitors as you may need.) Please consider the following options to work with: The subject matter can be one of which that already exists or one that you may create that has relevance to your prior work. You may consider using one of the 2 or 3 dimensional projects that you have created for this class. You may consider projecting a still image, a series of still images, or motion video. You may wish to create an environment to present your work with in. The video captures can be edited and turned into animations or assets for new hive collabs.

Project #4 – Presentation for the web – A process / tutorial based blog post and a series of individual blog posts can be created by each student. The posts will be a part of a larger collaborative whole (the class itself will have an existing site) The posts will document and illustrate each students work as each project has evolved throughout the course. Students will later select their best works for a student exhibition on the website.

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Guest Artists, Contributors & Collaborators::

Michael Branson Smith

General Howe

Jessica Fenlon

Gustavo Fajardo

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