High School Resources

A Partnership in Visual Arts and Communication Education

The School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis offers a series of presentations and workshops to support the visual arts and communication curriculum of regional high schools. To schedule a faculty visit to your high school or to meet with faculty at our state-of-the-art facilities on campus, contact: Esperanca Camara, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Art History ecamara@sf.edu or at 260-399-7700, ext. 8017

Topics include:

CAREER PREPARATION

THE ANIMATION FIELD – Matt White, M.F.A

This presentation discusses portfolio preparation and the skills needed for the wide variety of jobs available in the animation field. Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 4

CAREERS IN ART EDUCATION AND PRE-ART THERAPY – Jodi Nix, M.A.

This presentation addresses the educational requirements for pursuing these professions as well as portfolio preparation.
Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 4

CAREERS IN DIGITAL MEDIA – Jane Martin, M.F.A.

This introduction to careers in digital media provides an overview of how film, video and social media are converging to communicate to audiences. It also looks at the use of Youtube, Vimeo and Facebook as communication outlets for potential film makers and digital artists. Students will be introduced to both studio and field shooting tips and techniques. Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 4

CAREERS IN SOCIAL MEDIA – Kristin Miller, M.A.

This overview of how Public Relations careers utilize Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other media outlets to communicate with the public intro- duces students to a rapidly-growing field. It discusses opportunities for creativity and writing to come together to create career potential.

CAREERS FOR STUDIO ARTISTS: DISPELLING THE MYTH OF THE STARVING ARTIST – Tim Parsley, M.F.A.

Advice on various options and strategies for supporting yourself as a professional fine artist. Presenting: National Core Arts Standards 4

GRAPHIC DESIGN: TRENDS, TECHNIQUES, AND CAREERS – Alan Nauts, M.A.

The Industrial Revolution launched an era of creativity and mass publication that had never been seen in the civilized world. A new age in communication had begun.  Graphic design continues to evolve in unprecedented and dynamic ways, playing a significant role in our culture. Students will be introduced to the movers and shakers that have shaped this exciting industry.  They will also learn about its many career opportunities. Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 4

ON-SITE PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

A team of two USF faculty will come to your school to hold one-on-one portfolio reviews with interested students. Presenting: National Core Arts Standards 4

PREPARING A STRONG PORTFOLIO – Tim Parsley, M.F.A.

Advice on what to include in your portfolio and how to talk about your artwork. Presenting: National Core Arts Standards 3

TRADITIONAL ARTISTS IN A CG-DOMINATED WORLD – Ron Lewis, B.F.A.

This presentation explores the many traditional jobs available in the now CG-dominated field of animation. Though believed to be a dying concept in the area of animation, traditional art still plays a major role in the conceptual and developmental process of some of Hollywood’s most successful films and animation.

MATERIALS, TOOLS,and CREATIVE PROCESSES

2D DESIGN – Jodi Nix, M.A.

Emotive acrylic painting to music with critique. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 3

ANIMATION: BASICS OF 3D ANIMATION – Matt White, M.F.A.

Demonstration of animation techniques using standard 3D animation software. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2

ANIMATION: WORKSHOP ON STOP MOTION – Matt White, M.F.A.

Workshop introduces students to stop-motion animation tools. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2

CERAMICS: WHEEL/THROWING DEMONSTRATION – Eric Carlson, M.F.A.

This demonstration will include the production of a variety of vessels as well as discussion of the history of throwing techniques and the science behind the physical properties of various clay bodies. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 1

CERAMICS: HAND-BUILDING WORKSHOP – Eric Carlson, M.F.A.

Students will be introduced to a variety of pinch pot vessels. The relationship of form and function, the history of hand-building techniques, and science of clay will also be discussed. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2

DRAWING: ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES FOR DRAWING FROM OBSERVATION – Tim Parsley, M.F.A

Workshop covers sight-measurement techniques needed for drawing from direct observation. Creating: National Core Arts Standards 2

FILM: VISUAL STORYTELLING – Jane Martin, M.F.A.

This workshop presents an overview of how to design stories for visual media. Learn treatment writing, script and character development and the elements of filmmaking. This overview from concept to editing will help students clearly understand all the processes necessary for film making. We will do a scene analysis and break down the elements of effective  film production. Creating: National Core Arts Standards 2

PHOTOGRAPHY: IMAGE TRANSFERS – Cara Wade, M.F.A.

Using mostly everyday household solvents and some surprising materials, this workshop will show you different ways to transfer photographs onto paper, wood, metal, glass and beyond! Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2

PHOTOGRAPHY:  GETTING  STARTED TOWARDS CONCEPTUAL THINKING – Cara Wade, M.F.A.

This workshop discusses techniques for brainstorming original content in your photography. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 1

SCULPTURE: LOST WAX BRONZE CASTING PROCESS – Mary Klopfer, M.F.A.

Presentation and examples involving the process of lost wax bronze cast- ing. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2 and Presenting: Standard 6

SCULPTURE: DEMONSTRATION OF RUBBER MOLD-MAKING WITH SILICONE CAULK – Mary Klopfer, M.F.A.

How to make a quick flexible rubber mold with silicone caulk. We will make a small relief sculpture out of oil clay. Then we will apply silicone caulk and when the caulk is set, we pull out the oil clay sculpture and press in fire clay. After the fire clay is dried, it can be fired. Creating: National Core Arts Standard 2

SOCIAL MEDIA: PROFESSIONAL USE AND THEORY – Kristin Miller, M.A.
Learn, critique, and discuss social media trends. Students will practice professional use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. They’ll learn to build and engage social media communities through effective planning and writing.

HISTORY OF VISUAL ARTS

ANDY WARHOL – Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D.

Introduction to the enigma of Andy Warhol and the history of Pop art. Consideration of his working methods, subject matter, and influence on the art world. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8

THE BAMIYAN BUDDHAS: ANCIENT MONUMENTS AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS – Esperanca Camara, Ph.D.

In the heyday of the Silk Road, two statues of Buddha were carved into the cliffs of the Afghanistan valley. In 2002, the Taliban destroyed these statues in an act aimed at provoking the international community. Learn about the entanglement of ancient art, religion, and politics underlying the cultural tensions that shape our world to this day. Presenting: National Core Arts Standard 6 & Responding: Standard 8

CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS – Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D.

An introduction to the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s,  and a discussion of important African American artists working today. Discussion will include political, historical, and cultural context for contemporary Black art. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8

PHOTOGRAPHY: HISTORY 101 – Cara Wade, M.F.A

Choose an overview of 19th  century, 20th  century or Contemporary Photo History. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8

RENAISSANCE ITALY: THE REAL WORLD OF ASSASSIN’S CREED II – Esperanca Camara, Ph.D.

Learn the real history behind the artistic and architectural monuments that shape the landscape of this popular video game.
Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8

STREET ART – Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf, Ph.D.

The evolution of street art from tagging subway cars and trains in the 1970s to the rise of artists like Banksy, Shepherd Fairey, and Space Invader, who use street art to engage a public audience in political and cultural dialogs. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8

TOULOUSE LAUTREC AND THE BIRTH OF THE CELEBRITY POSTER – Esperanca Camara, Ph.D.

Learn about the birth of the celebrity poster in this presentation about Toulouse Lautrec, his innovative lithographs, and the colorful world of bohemian Paris. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7 & 8

WHY A 5-YEAR-OLD COULDN’T DO THAT: UNDERSTANDING ABSTRACT PAINTING – Tim Parsley, M.F.A.

Discussion of current abstract painting techniques, challenges, and purposes. Responding: National Core Arts Standards 7