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Student comments - good teaching
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Summer 2017
This class has been everything I've ever wanted from an anatomy coursse: honest, raw, insightful, and educational.  thank you so much. You've taught me how to illustrate dynamic composition while maintianing a sense of realism.  Sierra W.

Design Fundamentals Student Blogs Spring 2012
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Design Fundamentals students are creating a textbook as the project.  This textbook is made up of images the students find to illustrate the key terms and concepts related to the Principles and Elements of design. Students have the option of creating a paper textbook (sketchbook, scrapbook with illustrations pasted in), a series of PPTs that they show the class, or create a blog.  The project is starting to gain momentum. 

Example Blog by Jeremy Price using Game Design

Monday Class Blogs

Thursday Class blogs

Teaching reflection:
The Build-it-Yourself textbook project is taking off in both classes.  When students feel the respect I have and other students have for their choices of illustrations confidence rises.  When students see the principles and elements of design contained in the works they select the information is grounded and contextualized in a way that they remember and appreciate.  The social learning is an important component when students look at and analyze illustrations found by other students. 

The great citation race
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Can making citations for web images be fun?
A race?
We'll see...

Design Fundamentals Monday Week 1
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Design Fundamentals class project on Thinking, Seeing and Doing as the student's design process.  Honoria Starbuck, Instructor. Design Fundamentals class project on Thinking, Seeing and Doing as the student's design process.  Honoria Starbuck, Instructor. Design Fundamentals class project on Thinking, Seeing and Doing as the student's design process.  Honoria Starbuck, Instructor.
Week one the first chapter, about the creative process, talks about thinking, seeing, and doing. These 3 parts can be done in any order, overlap, repeat, and change each other.  I ask the students to use simple shapes and eraser stamps to create a cartoon of their personal creative process.  Then students move the designs around into the categories that they think is the strongest representation of thinking, seeing, or doing.  Some students are surprised by the interpretation of their designs by their classmates and we all learn about each other.

Outstanding Faculty of Winter 2011 Semester
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Honoria Starbuck receives  Outstanding Faculty of Winter 2011 Semester award.  Hurray.

Yesterday at the all school meeting they gave me an award for teaching excellence. 
I wish I had been wearing a more artworldish jacket!

Hercules Myth Project
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The semester project is to illustrate 9 labors of Hercules.  This week featured the battle with the hydra with the emphasis on gesture of the human and gesture of the beast.

Students really go into it!  There were many great drawings.  Here are just a few to show the variety...Now that's what I call Homework!  What fun.

Student work Summer 2010 Hercules and Hydra by Jeff F Summer 2010

6-Word Stories as model prompts
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In a great storyboarding teaching book (Prepare to Board!) Nancy Beiman discusses using headlines as starting points for student drawings. In our first trial last week I used Onion headlines. After initial success with the headlines I told our creative writing instructor about the idea. She volunteered to assign her class to write six-word stories that our class could use for text model prompts. Here are the results of the first six-word story collaboration between Creative Writing and Life Drawing and Gesture, Fall Semester 2009.

Using text model prompts had a stimulating effect on class dynamics and the work produced. Before using model prompts we used to ponder over what story to tell with any given model based on props that the model brought to class. In contrast, using the text prompts seems to relax both students and model who use the words to collaboratively explore the possibilities of the prompt theme for 3-pose sequences. With the prompts everyone is off the hook in terms of overall theme. The challenge shifts from what story to think of to draw to how to interpret a creative existing story. The process of using the text from the other class reflects the real world where the artist animator works with stories in an interactive and interpretive way with a creative team.

  1. Gather prompts that are not too literal for an action.
  2. Give the list to the model to select some that touch a chord and stimulate pose ideas.
  3. Read one selected prompt to the class before each sequence of 3 drawings.
  4. Let the class and the model work out the 3 poses.
  5. Sit back and watch the creativity unfold. Time the poses.
  6. Give extra time to work on thematic elements after the three poses
  7. View the drawings and instead of traditional critique, discuss what techniques worked to interpret the theme and brainstorm other ideas to interpret the theme
  8. Start another sequence of drawings with another prompt

New hairspray sets hair on fire drawing by Jose Nv09 Life Drawing and Gesture Class Art Institute of Austin New hairspray sets hair on fire model prompt Life Drawing and Gesture class NV09
Model prompts New hairspray sets hair on fire and Alleyway hijinx hiding above in the shadows.

While planning the 3-pose sequence for the New hairspray prompt, students had to decide their narrative arc. For example the model could have dunked her head in a bucket as the model suggested and she demonstrated the dunking pose, but students decided that instead she would roast a marshmallow on her flaming hair.

Life Drawing and Gesture India Ink drawings by Ruth and Donald NV09 Blown away by wind life drawing and gesture by Jose NV09 Wind Life Drawing and Gesture Nv09

With the Was blown away by the wind prompt, the challenge was to depict the invisible force of the wind. Students use India ink, pastel, and charcoal to give direction for the wind by smudging, flowing ink wash across the page and raking the soft pastel with their fingers. Students became experimental and bold as they used the extra time to add background, texture, and directional elements for the wind.

Based on the success of the technique I recommend using creative writing model prompts in life drawing classes.

Read six-word stories from the creative writing classCollapse )


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