Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Externships (from Carrie Allison Brooks)

The following EXTERNSHIP MEETINGS are available to all MCA students.  The last day to sign up is Friday.  Please see Carrie Brooks in Career before friday to sign up.

Key Items: Small business and social media know how; lots of alumni sell work here
Site: Allie Cat Arts
Facebook page: Allie Cat Arts
Contact: Nicole Phillipe (MCA Alumna), Owner
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Informational interviews Oct. 20th or 21st after 5 PM. You can walk/bike to this site.
Key Items: Large design firm
Site: Archer>Malmo (Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Leigh Anne Rose (MCA Alumna) and Greg Hastings (MCA Alumnus), both Creative Group Directors
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Informational interviews on either Oct. 20th or 21st depending on the student’s schedule.
Key Items: Perspective on design in a large corporation
Site: Autozone (corporate headquarters
Contact: Jason Falconer (MCA Alumnus), Art Director
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Mon. Oct. 20th up to half a day.
Key Items: They love fine artists! Arts administration; diverse activities within the organization
Site: ArtsMemphis (Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Sarah Blackburn (MCA Alumna) & Elizabeth Rouse
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Ideally, they would like the student/s to attend their staff meeting from 2-3pm on Mon., Oct. 20th.
Key Items: Museum education; volunteer training; museum/art interpretation
Site: Brooks Museum (Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Elesha Newberry, Associate Director of Education
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Informational interviews Oct. 21st anytime. You can walk/bike to this site.
Key items: Small design agency with big ideas and clients
Site: Combustion (Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Leah Jones (MCA alumna), Design Director
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Tues., Oct. 21stYou can walk/bike to this site.
Key items: Curating; MCA students will have work there for the Art on Fire Auction!
Site: Dixon Gallery & Gardens (Approved Internship Site)
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Informational interviews Tues., Oct. 20th
Key items: Small publishing firm; children’s magazine
Site: Jabberblabber  (Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Teresa Andrucietti, President
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Mon., Oct. 20th or Tues., Oct. 21st  for one to a few hours depending on the students’ interest and availability. You can walk/bike to this site.
Key items: Business/ gallery owner; Collaboration for success
Contact: Jay Etkin, Owner
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Informational interviews on Mon., Oct. 20th or Tues., Oct. 21st, one to two hours. You can walk/bike to this site.
Key items: Large design firm with big-time client list
Site: Oden a Business to Business (B2B) Marketing and Design Firm
(Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Andrew Lebowitz (MCA Alumnus), Designer
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Mon., Oct. 20th or Tues., Oct. 21st  for one to a few hours depending on the students’ interest and availability.
Key items: Painting majors can be (and need to be) social media savvy… 
Contact: Amy Beth Rice (MCA Alumna)
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Informational interviews, Oct. 20 or 21st, one to two hours.
Key items: Business owner, expert metal smith and craftsperson 
Site: Tootsie Bell, Silversmith/Jeweler (Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Tootsie Bell, (MCA Alumna), Owner
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Mon., Oct. 20th or Tues., Oct. 21st—as long as all day.
Key items: Public art, diverse work, business owner, bicycles…
Site: Youngblood Studios (Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Tylur French, Owner
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Tues., Oct. 21st up to all day as the students’ schedule allows. 
Key items: Be your own job creator, designing and building clientele
Site: Woodland Tree (Approved Internship Site)
Contact: Justin Nunez (MCA Alumnus), Director of Design
Dates/hours for externship with this site: Tues., Oct. 21st up to all day.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Color Harmony_Midterm Assignment

Color Harmony

Color Terms and Harmonies
Harmony-A relational combination of hues that produce a pleasing effect; the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole; agreement, unity.
Temperature-the relative warmth or coolness of a color as determined by its hue (blue is cool, orange is warm)
Tint-adding white to a pure hue
Shade-adding black to a pure hue
Monochromatic Color Scheme-Using and tint, tone, or shade of just one color
Complementary Color Scheme-Uses colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel
Analogous Color Scheme-Uses colors that are close to one another on the color wheel
Triadic-uses colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel (this relationship makes an imaginary equilateral triangle)
Split Complementary Color Scheme- this is a variation on the complementary color scheme.  In addition to the base color, it uses the colors adjacent to its complement.
Tetrad Color Scheme-uses four colors arranged into complementary pairs, and adjacent to a complementary set of colors.  (this creates a rectangle)
Square Color Scheme-Similar to the rectangle, but with all four colors spaced evenly around the color wheel

For this assignment, you will research and find an interesting pattern that has uniform and varying shapes (i.e. no checkerboards).  From here you will create a large four panel gouache series based on that pattern.   In each panel, you will be using one of the following color schemes: Analogous, Triadic, Split Complementary, and finally Tetrad.

You will start by creating a series of four groups of four 3x5” thumbnails in your sketchbook, breaking your selected pattern down into shapes.   Each composition will be painted on a 6”x9” Bristol board (if you have 9x12 tablet, this is half of one sheet).  You will want to include up to 25 shapes for each panel, keep in mind that simplicity can create a harmony and make the compositions easy to look at.

After you have selected your final design, gently draw the shapes onto your panels and paint.  Remember: Color Harmonies/Color Schemes are like recipes.  If you do not follow the recipe, you will be altering the recipe and the Harmony will not be successful.

Finally, mount your four compositions using only a ½ inch border on the exterior, and a ¼ inch border between each panel on the interior.

Examples of past student works:

Midterm Grading

Midterm Grading- Color Foundations (FD160)

For your midterm, you will be turning in a folder on the server, which will include

1. scans, or photographs of all your finished projects,
2. your artist research papers

You will also be handing in your sketchbooks so I can see the progress you have made on your in class assignments.  I will be giving you a grade for your sketchbook assignments that is equivalent to roughly 200 points (20 percent of your grade). 

Sketchbooks will be graded for overall content (sketches, notes, splotches, etc) and also for organization and construction (are all your splotches thrown in there, or are they neatly pasted in the book in an orderly fashion?)

You will label your folder with “lastname_firstname_midterm” and place it in our classroom folder.  You will also place a copy of this folder in the dropbox.

To begin: 
1. You will need to scan your images using one of the many scanners that are available to you in the mac-labs and in the library.  If you prefer to photograph your works, that is fine too.

2. You will edit and adjust the images to make sure they look professional using Photoshop of the photo editing software of your choosing. Your images should be 300 dpi and sized about 8x10.  You will need one image per weekly assignment.

3. Create a folder (on your desktop or somewhere handy).  Drop your four word.doc artist research papers in the folder, then your edited images in the folder as well.  Each image should be named “Lastname_Assignment title.” You should have images for the following.

1. Achromatic
2. Prismatic
3. Chromatic
4. Muted
5. Color Harmony

This, along with your papers will total 900 points.   Your sketchbook will count as 200 points, and the midterm assignment (properly scanning your images, and placing all these files on the server) will count as 100 points.   Thus,  there is a total of 1200 points that you will be assessed on to process your midterm grade.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

4_Chromatic Grays

Fall 2014_Color Studies, week 4: Chromatic Grays
Sketchbook assignment-Mix two different chromatic grays from each of the 6 colors on the color wheel..  One cool gray and one warm gray (middle range value).   Write the name of the prismatic color along with the two grays.  Use achromatic grays for your admixture.  Use 1x2 inch squares.
Required Materials: gouache, brushes, palette, sketchbook, pencils, water container, metal ruler, exacto knife and paper towels. Bring these materials with you to class along with your sketches.
Chromatic grays –are subtle colors so diminished in saturation (muted and dulled to near neutrals) that they emphasize their grayness while still displaying a flash of hue.  Chromatic grays can be made by mixing various proportions of complementary colors together with the addition of white if necessary, to lighten the gray to match the value of a certain prismatic hue.  Chromatic grays can also be made mixing a prismatic color with achromatic grays, black, a chromatic dark or other chromatic grays.  Add white if necessary, to lighten the gray to match the value of a certain prismatic hue.  Chromatic darks can be mixed from ultramarine blue and raw umber.  More blue results in a cooler dark and more raw umber makes for a warmer dark.  Cut a sample of the resulting dark with white to check the temperature of the mixtures.
Note: In this class white is a necessity, not a virtue. The point is to create chromatic grays, not washed out pastels.
Muted color – Colors that have lost saturation in mixing, but whose parent colors are still easily identifiable (blue-green or red-orange).
Prismatic color – Pure hues that represent the spectrum colors at highest saturation.
Saturation – Intensity or chroma. Saturation refers to purity of hue and the measure of inherent light.
Value – the relative luminousity (lightness or darkness) of a color.
High key – refers to colors that are light in value.
Low key – Colors that are predominantly dark.
Mixing Chromatic Grays

Outside Assignment: Chromatic Grays – Color studies/Variation on a visual theme/Family resemblance
• Create three abstract compositions based on a subject of your choosing. using neutralized colors or chromatic grays. The compositions should relate and carry a resemblance to one another.  Research, take photos, or find an image to draw inspiration from.  You want to have good interaction in your design; push the design, but don’t overcrowd it.  11-15 shapes is good, no more than 16-20 shapes.
-Create 6-10 sketches in your sketchbook, from which you will choose 3.  Paint selected designs on a 3x5” piece of Bristol board.   Mount your 3”x5” studies on 9”x12” Bristol. Craft is important. Keep border clean.
-The first should have a broad range of values. The second two should use a narrow value range with one in high key chromatic grays and one in low-key chromatic grays. Use high key hues in the high key version and low-key hues in the low-key version.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Color Aid Paper

For the second half of the semester, we will be using color aid paper.   It is important that you get your hands on this (and it needs to be ordered).    Here is a link to a packet that you may share with ONE other student.    Ordering this packet will give you plenty of colors, but the size will be a little smaller.    This will also save you about 9 dollars.  The school orders a packet that can be divided between three students which costs 90 dollars (around 30 dollars each).  You will need to pay Heather Ragland in the business office and bring me a receipt.

Monday, September 8, 2014

CF_Artist Research

Color Foundations

Thomas Green

Artist Research Papers

As part of the P2, integrated professional practices program at MCA, we will be conducting artist research to stay focused and current in our fields.   Researching artists and looking at what is going on in the contemporary art world is essential to your success.  Furthermore, researching historically important figures in Art and their contributions provides an important historical foundation for the work that is done today.  This semester we will be conducting artist research on a total of 8 artists, and writing artist statement for one of the projects that you will be doing this semester.

What to include in your research papers?

1.     Bio-you may begin your paper by including pertinent information about the artist.  Where he/she was born, where they studied, important relationships that they may have had, and major exhibitions and achievements that they have made.

2.     Their work- How is the particular artist that you are researching classified (impressionism, pop art, german expressionism, etc.)  What are some of the distinctive characteristics of the work? Is it expressive, large/small, what materials does he/she use to create the work?  What is the content or subject matter of the work? What is the form.

3.     Color-Finally, since this is a color class, discuss how the artist uses color.  Does he/she generally use soft subtle earth tone, or bright and vibrant colors to convey emotion or subject matter within the work? Does color play a main part in the work?  How?

The Artist research needs to be a total of about one page double spaced 12point font.  On another page, you should drag pictures of the artist’s work to your word document for reference.  Print these out and paste them in your sketchbook.  You will need to save this document as you will be turning in the digital files to me as part of your midterm and final grade.