Student Work Samples

Below are examples of work created by my students in various classes. Beside each work sample is a description of the assignment and details about the course for which it was completed. To see larger versions of the image, please click to open a lightbox view.  Sample syllabi linked at the bottom of the page.

 
 

Senior Exhibition Portfolio


Course: Media Integration


Senior

At the advanced level, students are preparing work for their solo senior exhibitions. This student mixed painted developer drips with digital enhancements in Adobe Photoshop to make large scale prints for her show. This piece was printed at 24x36.

 

Video Installation Assignment


Course: Intro to Video


Freshman


For this project students are asked to create a performance piece or installation using video in some way. For this piece, the student was a non-traditional aged student and a veteran. He projected the images of soldiers he served with that died in battle on the face of a skeleton. During the piece, he recited their names and ages when they died.

 

Surreal Digital Landscape Assignment


Course: Digital Concepts


Freshman


Students must create a landscape of composited images using Adobe Photoshop. All the materials must be shot by, or created by the student. This student used her photographic work to create a landscape of patterns inspired by kaleidoscopes.

 

 

"Gender In Media” Assignment


Course: Media Theory


Junior


Create a short video or animation in response to or inspired by a critical media reading. This piece came from “Visual Pleasure in Narrative Cinema” by Laura Mulvey.

 

Animation: Final Assignment


Course: Animation 2: Experimental Animation


Sophomore

This technique called “strata-stencil”, is where the artist animates individually cut frames of paper that are mounted in 3D space.

 

Video: “Media Critique - Gender Bender” Assignment


Course: Digital Concepts


Freshmen

Appropriated video clips remixed together to critique marketing directed at men.

 

Cut Paper Animation: “Making Headlines” Assignment


Course: Intro to Animation


Sophomore


Hinged paper characters animated on a multi-plane stand. Shot with Dragonframe Stop Motion. Student had to make short animated narratives based on a headline from the date of their birth. 

 

“1 Minute Self-Portrait” Assignment


Course: Intro to Video


Senior

Students had to create a short self portrait but they could not lm themselves. Everything had to be created “in camera” with no post editing work. This student filmed a television screen through water covered plexiglass, and recorded an original audio track into the camera.

 
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Digital Photo: “Shutter Speed” Diptych Assignment


Course: Intermediate Photography


Sophomore

This assignment introduces students to the various ways they can control their DSLRs. Students are asked to used the shutter priority mode to freeze a fast action, and then to shoot the another image with a long exposure. The two images must relate to each other conceptually, aesthetically, or thematically.

 

Digital Image: “Hockney Joiners” Assignment


Course: Intro to Photography


Freshman


After learning about the ideas of image, time, and the lens, students work to create pieces inspired by the style of David Hockney and his Joiner images. This student chose to work with a still life set up in the photo studio. The focus of the piece was light and texture.

 

Digital Photo: “Studio Lighting” Assignment


Course: Intermediate Photography


Sophomore


Working in the studio, students set up various lighting scenarios using continuous lights, gels, and other light modifers. Working within the studio, students learn to control and sculpt light to create mood and tone in their photographs.

 

Video: “Early Video Art - Gender Bender” Assignment


Course: Intro to Video


Freshman


Students were asked to create short videos inspired by the art of an early video artist. This student used Dara Birnbaum’s Technology/ Transformation piece as inspiration.

 

Animation: “Under the Camera” Assignment


Course: Animation 2: Experimental Animation


Sophomore

Direct “under the camera” animation approach using sand on glass. This destructive frame by frame technique is rear lit by a lightbox.

 

Video: Final Assignment


Course: Intro to Video


Junior

This video performance shows the student building a wall (manual labor) while reciting affirmations to his mother and his girlfriend (emotional labor). He places 24 blocks, one for each year of life, then destroys the wall as an act of defiance and individualism.

 

Video: “Media reMIX - Culture Jamming” Assignment


Web for Media Artists


Junior

Students appropriated music, video, and clips from the internet, and remixed them in a new way. This student used data-moshing as a technique to degrade the video quality and reference low- internet videos.

 
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 Non-Local Color Self Portrait

Illustration 2

Sophomore

Digital Painting techniques in Adobe Photoshop using Wacom Tablets.

 

Digital Photo: "Narrative Composite Assignment"

Intermediate Photo

Junior

This student staged a shoot where he could run track wearing the different uniforms he has worn since high school. His narrative is about overcoming adversity and progressing in his sport of choice. Photoshop composite work, shot on a DSLR.

 

Abstract Letter Forms Assignment

Digital Concepts 

Freshman

Students are asked to create a drawing of a person, object, animal, or scene using only text forms in the program Adobe Illustrator. They can use any letters in any font, but they must adjust or change the forms to abstract them so their final images do not look like words or text. 

 

Digital Image: “Digital Dreamscape” Assignment


Course: Digital Foundations


Freshman

Students worked with Adobe Photoshop for the  first time to create composited images based on their dreams. Students had to photograph or scan all of the original source materials for their finished pieces.

 

Experimental Narratives 

Intermediate Video

Junior

Students were asked to use a combination of sourced footage and self-shot video to tell an experimental narrative or non-linear narrative. This student used the tempo of music as her editing catalyst.