Art Projects Look to Science for Inspiration

Art professors Lindsey Dunnagan and Francine Fox promoted interdisciplinary studies by inviting their students to sketch or paint in partnership with the sciences for first-hand experience with live, unique subjects.
Dunnagan’s class worked with science professors, including Jay Bauman, Elisabeth Hooper and Timothy Waston. Bauman taught students how to attach reflective nodes to their bodies and capture motion in 360 degrees by using special recording devices in the Piper Lab. Students painted how meaning is conveyed in body movements using the technology.

In another project, students painted plants and animals from the greenhouse using elements of a Japanese marbling technique and seed collections. Walston also set up a lab for students to investigate single cell organisms from pond water. The students also explored how other objects, such as dried plants, a cracked egg and clothes, looked when magnified a thousand times.

Teams within Fox’s class created multi-panel pieces of artwork centering on a given theme to render realistic representations of their subject matter. Later depictions also included distortions of their imagery to better communicate their concepts. Continue reading

OP Output Center Now Online

Over the summer the Visual Communications faculty oversaw the renovation of the former Design Studio to house a new student-run inkjet printing service. The OP Output Center is sponsored by the Visual Communications program and the Art Department and is housed in Ophelia Parrish 1250.Our MakerBot Mini 3D printer will allow you to print in a variety of colors.

The facility offers a large format (44”) lamination service.  It houses two medium format (24”), photo-quality, EPSON Stylus Pro Roll-feed, Inkjet printers, one large format (44”) Hewlett-Packard Roll-feed printer, two medium format (17” and 24”) sheet-fed inkjet printers and two MakerBot Mini 3D printers (shown at left).

The Output Center serves the entire campus community as well as providing printing resources for the Visual Communications, Studio Art and Art History programs. OP Output Center offers student workers experiential opportunities to develop and refine project management, digital/technical and customer service skill sets.

Information and online submission forms can be at www.opoutput.truman.edu.

Happy Winter Break!

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Finals Week ends on Friday, December 12 with December graduation taking place on Saturday, December 13th.  Congratulations to all Art Department (and Truman) graduates!  Please stay in touch (art@truman.edu).

This also means that the Art Department blog will be taking a break until the week before classes start in January.  However, during that time the blog will feature faculty artwork (and other images) related to winter themes so do check back often!

For now, greetings of the season to all!

Happy Summer!

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Photo Credit:  Tim Barcus (Campus Photographer)

The Art Department blog is on break until classes resume in late August…enjoy the summer, everyone, and be sure to check back again later in the summer to find out what's going on in Art at Truman!

Artist Talk in the Gallery: “Finding the Sweet Spot”

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In conjuction with one of the current shows in the University Art Gallery–"Pioneers of Digital Media" curated by Prof. Matt Derezinski–one of the artists in that show, Prof. Dane Webster (Associate Professor of Creative Technologies, Virginia Tech University) will be giving a talk.  Prof. Webster's presentation, "Finding the Sweet Spot:  Adventures in Computer Animation and Visualization" will take place on Monday, Febuary 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Violette Hall Rm. 1000.  Prof. Webster will be discussing his background and experience in the world of three-dimensional animation. This illustrated talk will explore how he uses pictures to build three-dimensional environments, and then how he translates those into film versions of those same environments.  He will also discuss ways in which he can create models on the computer and then use those to create actual 3D models in wax and how he applies these skills in artwork, interactive media, and visual presentations.  This event is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!