Visual and Public Art Institute, Large Scale Digital Mural

January 25, 2001

CSUMB Spring 2000: VPA 306S
T/TH 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Course Description: Students work with digital approach to mural/public art project development including analysis of sites, conceptualization of ideas, collaboration, PhotoShop, Illustrator and reproduction. This course is designed to meet the ULRs Creative/Artistic Expression and Community Participation and Service Learning in the major. The class works with specific communities through which they develop their ability to identify the nature of audience and how to create works that communicates to diverse audiences. This involves in depth research and the collection of relevant archival and current materials and images.

Course Outcomes: Students will learn the skills of digital imaging in a content-based process. The students will learn to do research and define a community and audience and its issues and develop community-sensitive work practices (MLO#2/level 2), learn to collaborate within the class and with community (MLO#3/level 1), develop skills and produce work (MLO #4/level 2), analyze the work, process and impact of the artwork (MLO#5/level 1) and present the work in multiple contexts (MLO #6/level 1).

University Learning Requirement: Creative and Artistic Expression

ULR Outcomes: Each Student must produce a work of art that communicates to a diverse audience. Through visual expression students comprehend the significance and expression of culture in a variety of ways. The student can identify the nature of audience and can link to the interests and needs of an audience and understand the forms of communication specific to that audience.

Course Requirements:

RESEARCH/OUTREACH (MLO 2/level 2): You are required to complete assigned readings, collect images and current relevant readings and materials pertaining to our subject. The class will work together to create and organize our collected resources. You will visit community sites and contact appropriate community people to interview and outreach.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT (MLO 4/level 2): You will develop your ability to create images in the Digital medium with a focus on composition, form and content. You will complete of several digital images that synthesize the research, analysis and understanding of the issues, community and audience involved in the collaboration. You will work both individually and collaboratively.

COLLABORATION (MLO 3/level 1): You will participate with the class in the creation of a Digital public artwork. This can take the form of a mural, posters, bus shelter advertising and other appropriate forms to the selected sites.

PORTFOLIO REVIEW (MLO 5/level 1): You will present your work for discussion and critique and participate in the analysis and critique of the class collaborative project.

PROJECT PRESENTATION (MLO 6/level) A written artist's statement will be assigned at the end of the semester. You will help in the distribution and presentation of finished works in the CSUMB

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT: You will be graded on attendance, punctuality and participation in research, discussions and the collaborative process. You will follow the guidelines for the use of the digital equipment.

Tentative Schedule:

Week I: Jan 27, 2000
Introduction to class. Presentations of digital/public art /mural projects. Intro to digital lab. Students will do individual and a class collaborative piece on the topic of AIDS in conjunction with the Monterey County AIDS Project.
The works in progress from last semester will be reviewed. We will be focusing on the design of two or three bus shelter posters to be printed by the end of the semester.
We will discuss the nature of digital media, media literacy, concepts of
collaboration, shared knowledge and public art.
VPA Majors will be required to do additional outreach to MCAP to satisfy
their Service Learning credit.
Students will also be assigned to be contacts for the production and
installation of posters.

Week 2: Feb 1 & 3
We will discuss plans for this semester. Research and readings will be assigned. Students will start individual pieces on the topic of Health as a starting point to the subject of AIDS. Collect images of the body and different approaches to healthcare. We will focus on Health as it relates to youth i.e., body image, mental health, reproductive and sexual health etc. Put together simple images from what is collected. We will study composition, color, content, image and text juxtapositions. These hand-constructed images will be scanned into computer to begin digital imaging process.

Week 3: Feb 8 & 10
This week we will work on the bus shelter design started last semester for presentation to the MCAP staff. This will mostly involve a demonstration the process since it is at an advanced stage technically. We will add collected information to our resource library of articles and images. Throughout the semester students will research and collect images relating to AIDS. Students will create individual pieces about an aspect of AIDS not yet touched upon, e.g., AIDS in prison.

Week 4: Feb 15 & 17
We will meet with Monterey County AIDS Project staff to present the bus shelter poster design and get their feedback for new designs. Students will work on individual pieces but start to discuss the next two collaborative designs.

Week 5: Feb 22 & 24
Review first images. Work on first collaborative poster. Bring in research materials and images for next poster designs.

Week 6: Feb 29 & March 4
Finalize first poster and send to printer. Make preliminary designs for next

Week 7: March 7 & 9
Meet with MCAP staff and present next ideas. Continue to work on individual pieces.

Week 8: March 14 & 16
Work on poster images. The collaborative posters will be worked on in a team approach. Assign readings.

Week 9: March 21 & 23 SPRING BREAK

Week 10: March 28 & 30
Critique of individual work. Teams work on posters. Prepare for final presentation. Printers should be identified. Scheduling with Bus Shelter company should be in place to coincide with Capstone Festival.

Week 11: April 4 & 6
Present bus posters to MCAP staff for suggestions before finalizing.

Week'12: April 11 & 13
Finish posters. Send to printer.

Week 13: April 18 &20
Work on individual pieces.

Week 14: April 25 & 27
Finish up individual pieces for exhibit in conjunction with the capstone event.

Week 15: May 2 & May 4
Discussion of process and project. Hang work. Prepare artist statements.

Week 16: May 9 & May 11
Final Critique.

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations please see me as soon
as possible or make an appointment.

School: California State University, Monterey Bay
Professor: Johanna Poethig and Ryan Sloan
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