PROJECT #1: Portrait: The Digital Self

Due: February 5


Create a series of five digital versions of yourself using the digital paint and imaging tools covered in class. While making these portraits, consider
  • How do you see yourself, your identity, or people in general
  • How do you see yourself in connection to digital technology, society, your family / friends, etc.?

We will have readings, discussions, and examples to aid your thought process. Your portraits can be literal renditions of yourself, abstract representations, or representational but not literal. In other words, render yourself in a way that your feel shows your essence. You will be working with digital photographs, scanned images, and / or digital paint.

1) You may not use INTERNET images for this assignment (unless they are your own!).
2) "Scrapbook" / "Yearbook" type collages are not allowed
3) Filters must be used PURPOSEFULLY... with intent, either conceptual or visual. NO GRATUITOUS FILTER ABUSE!

Research & BLOG Entry #2:

Due January 22
Use the library, the SIGGRAPH exhibition catalogs, our course examples, and the web to look up examples of
  • Self portraits (in any medium)
  • Digital paintings
  • Digital imaging and collage
Choose three NEW artists/artworks you like, and in your BLOG:
1) Upload images or link to their URLs;
2) Write a paragraph that discusses the FORMAL elements of the work (composition, color, etc.);
3) Write a paragraph that discusses how Identity is addressed in that piece.
4) Write a paragraph that explains WHY you like it or relate to it. In particular, see the following resources:
Artists Referred to in our first Reading: Click Here
AND OTHER Examples of diverse artists and artworks:
Frank Auerbach
Aziz & Cucher
Matthew Barney
Nancy Burson
Bruce Bennett
Chuck Close
David Ho
William DeKooning
Marlena Dietrich
Jenny Marketou
John Trevin
Frida Kahlo
Paul Klee
Heidi Tailleffer
Lleana Frometa Grillio
Victoria Vesna
Edwaurdo Kac
Lucien Freud
Tina LaPorta
Shu Lea Cheang
Robert Longo
Martina Lopez
Man Amplifier
Melinda Montgomery
Joan Miro
Alice Neel
Georgia O'Keefe
Negar Nahidian
Jackson Pollock
Robert Corwin
Cindy Sherman
Wendy Morris
Student Work

Reading Part 2:

Read Body and Identity, Pp 165-174 by Christiane Paul from "Digital Art" (article passed out in class)
We will discuss this article during class and your involvement will count towards the participation component of your grade. To better understand the article, Links to artists referred to in the article can be found HERE!

Source Photographs:

Due January 22
Shoot an entire roll (minimum 36 shots) of portraits of yourself using a digital camera, cell phone camera, webcam, or 35mm film (that you can later scan). Photos can be anything from parts or close-ups to whole portraits. FILM: Get the roll developed and bring in the prints to scan on 1/21. Choose the ten most important shots to show to your colleagues in class. Be prepared to contextualize them in comparison to your artist research (see above). If you use digital images, you still must have 36 images and present the 10 most important uploaded on your BLOG instead of printed. In addition to the 36 new shots, you may also use "acquired" photos (family, child pictures, etc.)
* NOTE: You may not use INTERNET images for this assignment. If you do, you will receive a ZERO for the project!! **


Due January 29:
Scan five of your source photos to be used in this project. If you shoot digital photos, you must still arrive to class with 5 scans (of objects, vintage photos, etc.) You may use all photos, manipulated object-scans, or both in the final images.

Final Images:

Due February 5th
MUST BE COPIED TO CLASS HOMEWORK FOLDER PRIOR TO START OF CLASS! (Leave 20 minutes before class to do so!)
*** Make sure you turn in a version that is 150dpi, 8-12 inches by 8-12 inches, flattened TIF format

Fine Art Print Lab Prints:

Due February 12th
Choose your three best images, and have them printed (150dpi, 12" minimum) upstairs in the print lab.
They require a 2-day turn-around, so drop them off early!
We will hang them in the hallway, so leave a border to pin. You can print more for extra credit.
The price is $5 / square foot. (12 x 12 image)



PROJECT # 2: Modern Abstract Self Portrait
3D primitives sculpture in Maya

Due: March 5 at start of classss


The traditions of Modern Sculpture include abstract, non-representational forms in a variety of media. Using only Polygon Primitives in Maya create five different, unique 3D models in virtual space. These models will represent characteristics of you based on your own original drawings. This is an opportunity for you to create self-expressive artworks in an abstract way. Do not try to create humans or photorealism in your sculptures. Consider how the elements and principles of design can be used abstractly (space, shape, form, mass, line, texture, color, balance, etc.). Render out 5 still images of the sculptures (1 of each model) using good camera angles and compositions. Select your best two images to print at Fine Arts Print lab (upstairs).


Examine the subtleties of the modern sculptors you have researched. Consider the texture, the form, and the shape. Your time for this assignment will be primarily spent focusing on the modeling of the virtual sculpture. You will place the sculpture on a simple pedestal in a "gallery-like", neutral environment. Therefore, you will carefully compose and light the model to create an interesting atmosphere, simultaneously getting a strong final image of each sculpture.


Perform research on modernist sculpture including constructivism, minimalism, etc.. Look up some of these artists:

Eva Hesse
Louise Bourgeoise
David Smith
Tony Smith
Mark Di Suvero
Robert Smithson
Nancy Holt
Henry Moore
Alberto Giacometti
Walter DiMara
Joan Miro
Joan Arp
Barbara Hepworth
Clyde Connell

  1. Research 5 of these artists through books (ARC- room 1023 or library) (You may use HIGH RES (greater than 800x600 pixels) online images only!)
  2. Scan/download 10 examples of their work (2 for each artist)
  3. Write a short description for each of the 5 artists discussing why you chose them (what you like about the work. Be critical of what is unique about their sculpture.)
  4. Post the results and images on your BLOG by MONDAY, March 16. You will be graded.

PART 2- Modern Primitive Sculpture Drawings due: March 26

Create sketches for designs of 5 new, unique artworks inspired by the artists you researched. These sketches are the basis of the models you will create in Maya. You should create both orthographic and perspective drawings for EACH sculpture! Consider your personality and artistic style while designing the sculptures - let the design elements and principles express you! Bring your sketches (or post them to your BLOG) for class on 3/26.

Choose the THREE best designs to create 3 different sculptures in Maya. You will have 3 separate .mb scene files to turn in along with the .tiff rendered files on the due date.

What are Orthographic Drawings??

Summary of Due Dates

Part 1: Research:
DUE: Feb 19

Part 2: Drawings:
DUE: Feb 26

FIVE THREE Final Images (tiffs) and Models (mbs)
DUE: March 5

Two PRINTS of your best compositions
DUE: March 19


PROJECT # 3: Video Identities

Due:April 9 at start of class*


The focuses of this project are to: 1) learn to think creatively with a time-based medium (video), and 2) Investigate ideas of "IDENTITY" - how can this be creatively explored with the possibilities that adding "time" gives us: narrative, linear expression of change, geographical explorations (the camera exploring the physical), etc.

Create a 2-5 minute video using the video camcorder (your own shot footage) and iMovie. This piece should give us some kind of insight about YOU - your personality, your world, your ideas, how you see things, how people see you - What is YOUR identity, or how do you INTERPRET identity? (Ideas: Who aren't you? Who is your alter ego? How do you see yourself in connection to digital technology or society? How do others see you? Where do you come from? What is your history? What is your future?... Tell us a story. Explore the physical - your body, your "space".)


We will be looking at the work of many contemporary and historic video artists who have included themselves in their videos: (Wegman, Benning, Montano, Gibbons, Kucher, Acconci, etc.) Some works are short glimpses into the lives of these artists. Some artists have created personas or characters to portray. How do we know what is real and what isn't? How can we manipulate time (and create interesting work) with simple editing?

PLAN AHEAD! Spend a few days shooting to learn the camcorder, then start thinking of your SCRIPT. Read the camera manual, try all of the functions. Video tape is CHEAP! Don't worry about wasting it on a shot you're not sure about. GO AHEAD! You've got 60-minutes on each tape. Shooting / experimenting can be a great way to come up with an idea too!

Suggested Concepts / Starting Points:

  • Create a short video documentary (George Kucher)
  • Record an event in real-time - staged or real (William Wegman)
  • Document a staged performance (Sadie Benning, Joe Gibbons)
  • Create a video diary, recording private memories (Benning, Linda Montano)
  • LINKS: Click Here to read more about Video Artists we discuss or view in class.

    Suggested Techniques:

  • Use the information learned in the Shooting Workshop to create interesting lighting situations
  • Be creative with your camera angles & compositions: Try zooms, panning action, close-ups; Avoid placing subject in center frame
  • Get FAMILIAR with your camera - learn all the features / effects. Try macro setting, manual focus, shutter speed adjustment
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! - decide your shots before you begin shooting the final version!
  • Think about AUDIO! CONTROL the audio in the original sources. (clean space, no background noises - the camera picks up everything).  
  • Schedule of Due Dates

    March 19: Reading #3-1:

    Video Art, pp. 78-113 by Michael Rush from New Media in Late 20th Century Art.
    2) Complete this Reading Response Quiz and post on your BLOG;
    We will discuss it on 2/9 and your participation will count towards your grade.

    March 19: Professional Concept Proposal:

    Write a professional, well-written Project Proposal in paragraph form. This must include:
    1) your concept clearly stated
    2) what type of footage (location, who is in the video)
    3) your intention (what you want the audience to think about the piece)
    4) audio details, sequencing and shots, and timing
    5) It must be in paragraph form, spell checked, grammar checked, and typed.
    6) You must POST IT ON YOUR BLOG!  


    You can check it out from TSC - Hayes Hall, rm 110.


    March 26: Reading #2-2:

    from Film Direction: Shot by Shot, by Steven Katz. We will discuss it on 3/19 and your participation will count towards your grade.

    March 26: Video Tape - 5-minute exploration:

    Shoot 5-minutes of video on Mini-DV tape. You can shoot ANYTHING! Bring the tape and camcorder to class so we can learn to digitize.

    February 19: Storyboard:
    Download a template HERE

    Your storyboard must contain ALL of the following 6 items:
    1. a sketch of each shot
    2. description of plot/action of narrative
    3. intended cuts or transitions
    4. camera work (close-up, midshot, etc), if your footage
    5. sound description and intentions
    6. estimation of timecode (minutes:seconds:frames)

    March 26: ROUGH EDITS:

    Clips for your final video must be digitized, in iMovie, and roughed out. You will be checked off for a grade.

    April 9 promptly at start of class!
    Final .m4v Movie copied to Class Homework folder

    To turn in your final video, do the following:
    In iMovie:
    1) Make sure your project is open in the top.
    2) Top menu: SHARE > Export Movie (Cmd+E)
    3) Settings:
    - Export As: (YourLastName)
    - Where: Desktop
    - Size to Export: Large
    4) Click the Export button. The file will render & appear on the desktop.

    To copy over to the HOMEWORK FOLDER:
    1) Log into graphicarts$.
    2) Double Click on graphicarts$ icon
    3) Double Click "CLASSES" folder to open
    4) Double Click "Artc201M002" folder to open
    5) Double Click "VIDEO_Project 2" folder to open
    6) Drag & Drop your "lastname.m4v" file to copy it to the folder.
    Have your Mini-DV tape cued to the start of your movie so we can begin promptly at start of class.

    You will also need to create a WEB version of this for use later in the course. I will give you instruction later.

    How to Master to Mini-DV Tape

    To make a Mini-DV master tape of your work, do the following:

    1) Check out a digital camcorder from TSC.
    2) Connect the Firewire cable from the camera to the firewire input on your mac. You are able to control it just like a camcorder.
    3) Fast Forward / Rewind your tape to a clean point where you would like to export your movie.
    4) File > Share... (Click on VideoCamera icon) and click "SHARE" to begin mastering.
    Have your Mini-DV tape cued to the start of your movie so we can begin promptly at start of class.

    You will also need to create a WEB version of this for use later in the course. I will give you instruction later.
    TSC - Technology Support Center
    Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - midnight
    Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

    The Technology Support Center now provides the digital video and still camera checkout service that was previously done through the Student Technology Center. Cameras and accessories must be requested at the front desk of The Technology Support Center for students enrolled in a BGSU undergraduate or graduate program. We will not take reservations, and cameras must be used for academic purposes only. Please call the Technology Support Center at 419-372-0999 or stop by Hayes Hall 110 with any questions. The DV camera kit and light kit can be borrowed a period of three (3) days. An external Firewire drive can be borrowed for seven (7) days.

    Mini-DV Casette Tapes:     
    • BGSU Bookstore, MiniDV $8.25 each
    • B&H Photo Video, MiniDV $2.65 to $6.99 each depending on quantity
    • Sony Premium are good tapes. Some StudentTech Camcorders don't like Panasonic, so don't purchase that brand.



    "Clutter and confusion are failures of design not properties of complexity"
    Edward Tufte

    "The emerging new order of art is that of interactivity, or "dispersed authorship." The canon is one of contingency and uncertainty. The culturally dominate "objet d'art" as the sole focus... is replaced by the interface... The focus of the aesthetic shifts from the observed object to the participating subject. "
    Roy Ascott, "Is There Love in the Telematic Embrace?", Art Journal, 49:3 (Fall 1990)

    PROJECT #4: The Online Artist Portfolio
    Due: May 30st


    Create a website that is your personal artist portfolio, to be published on the digitalarts server. The site should include all of your ARTC201 work, and have an aesthetic theme. The portfolio itself is a work of art that expresses your style that has emerged this semester. This is more than a container of artwork. This website will remain online for the duration of your time at BGSU, and you can update it at any time! There is a 40mb TOTAL size limit for your website. (keep this in mind when scaling your images and video.)

    For examples, see other student portfolio sites at <<digitalarts>>

    Part One: Research :: What makes a good Artist Portfolio?

    Surf the web and find artist portfolios that inspire you. Chose one and critique it - What makes it good? Prepare a detailed, written critique and post it on your blog with the URL. On Monday, you will briefly introduce the site to class, explaining why you chose this portfolio, showing both positive and negative elements of the site. Consider paragraphs on navigation, color, design, theme, etc, when writing your critique.
    ** These must be ARTIST PORTFOLIOS. Critiques of corporate / business or other websites will not fulfill the assignment!

    Assigned: April 9
    Due date: at the end of class on April 9

    Part Two: Planning and Gathering :: A flowchart or Portfolio Site Map and collecting content

    Create a hierarchy chart or site map that outlines how you will organize your portfolio. Each box on the chart should represent a WWW page and must have the corresponding file name listed.
    Let some of the Portfolios you have seen influence your site design: <<flowchart examples>>

    MAKE YOUR SITE MAP BEAUTIFUL! Remember, at this point your focus is NOT on visual design, it is on interactive design, the structure of the user's experience. again, Ascott: "The focus of the aesthetic shifts from the observed object to the participating subject..."

    Assigned: April 16
    Due date: at the end of class on April 16

    Creation Steps:

    Once you have created your site map, begin planning.
    1. Create a "dummy" or skeletal structure of empty, named pages that focuses on the structure, with no content. Place this is a directory, and name each html file appropriately. You may add text to help you identify each page.
    2. For intro to html notes, see <<html notes>>
    3. Begin to collect the raw materials for your portfolio. Scan drawings, get a digital camera to photograph 3d works, etc. Collect images and texts, scan, begin to prepare the contents of your portfolio. More specific information about formats, etc. will come next week.

    We are setting up a website at least for the remainder of your time at Bowling Green. You MUST INCLUDE All of the work that you have created in this class. You must have a "Digital Art" page with "Digital Imaging", "Video Art", and "3D Modeling" subpages.

    Additional Pages you may want to include:

    1. Main page
    2. table of contents
    3. resume (can create in html or save as a .pdf file)
    4. Page of links
    5. Sections of types of artwork (you may divide it up how you see fit, , (i.e. Drawings, Paintings, Photography, Animation, Installations, Sculpture - and then subdivisions if necessary)
    6. Artist Statement, Biography, etc.
    DON'T include things that could incriminate you or irrelevant material (most people coming to your artist portfolio don't need to know that you hang out at the local bar every night and have 4 siblings).
    Remember, BE PROFESSIONAL, but be creative and innovative in your design!


    Due: April 30


    After the critique, you have until Monday, May 3 at 12pm to upload your FINAL VERSIONS FOR GRADING.